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British restaurant chain Wagamama has just introduced three new vegan dishes. The launch is the result of a partnership between Wagamama and Club Cultured, London’s very first tempeh factory.
Tempeh is a traditional Javanese food made from fermented soybeans, but it can also be made with any bean, seed, nut, grain, or legume. It is a popular alternative to meat due to its firm texture and nutritional profile.
According to USDA statistics, tempeh provides 19g of protein per 100g. In contrast, tofu contains 8g of protein for the same serving.
Club Cultured co-founders Harry, James and Connor only started making their first products three years ago in a garden shed.
“Back when we dreamed of working with Wagamama, we were experimenting with tempeh in a garden shed. A few years, a lot of hard work and conviction later, we are incredibly excited to be able to spread the message of tempeh to the mainstream and help more people discover how healthy and delicious this protein can be! Said co-founder Harry Watmough.
“Wagamama is incredibly forward thinking when it comes to herbal options. We’re incredibly happy with the dishes they’ve created, which showcase our tempeh and have great flavors!
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New dishes include Tempeh Kobashi Curry, which features turmeric cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, tender broccoli and mangetout, among others, and a side of white rice.
The new Tempeh Ssambap combines Korean wraps with lettuce, tempeh, pickled Asian coleslaw and spicy kimchee sauce.
And the Sosogu Miso Udon includes udon noodles, bok choi, asparagus, kale, to name a few, as well as a hot miso broth on the side for pouring.
Wagamama already offered a range of herbal dishes. Diners can order entrees like sticky vegan ribs, steamed yasai gyoza, and vegan chili squid.
For main courses, Wagamama makes vegan ramen kare burosu, no duck donburi, yasai pad thai, vegatsu, and more. It also serves avant gard’n, which features a vegan sriracha egg.
The restaurant chain has pledged to make half of its menu meatless by the end of 2021.
The new dishes are available from July 28 at the following Wagamama restaurants: Brighton, Bolton, Cardiff, Glasgow, London Victoria and London Wigmore Street.