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Green “shrimp” curry

Mom and Dad have never let me live down the time I took them to the vegan Chinese joint in my hometown. I genuinely enjoyed our meal, but them — not so much. We’ll leave it at that.

Thus, I’ve since been wary of serving omnivores faux meat, but took a risk making a curry for David and myself with Sophie’s vegan shrimp — Sophie’s products were all the rage at VegFest back in March, and Madison Market recently started carrying them.

I couldn’t eat these fake shrimp — the soft, squeaky texture slid past my teeth with little resistance and a kiss of slight fishiness, the type of flavor you’d find too strong in actual seafood.

Uh oh — I thought, biting into one — David’s going to hate this!

Pretty — yes. Palatable? Maybe.

David enjoyed Sophie’s shrimp, surprisingly, and happily added mine to his bowl.

Whew.

So, if you’re curious about Sophie and her mock crustacean flesh, give ‘em a try and decide for yourself.

When I make this dish again, I’ll use tofu instead — every other component was delightful: coconut milk, green curry paste, potato, Thai basil, bamboo shoots, and Japanese eggplant.

This particular Japanese eggplant and I really developed a connection. Its curves fit so naturally in my hand, like a handle, that I felt guilty about eating it. That’s how vegan I am — I bond with vegetables.

R.I.P., my sweet aubergine

VeganMoFo makes you do strange things.

Green curry

adapted from the back of the Thai Kitchen coconut milk can

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 2 tbs green curry paste
  • 1 large Japanese eggplant, chopped
  • 1 potato, skinned and chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) can bamboo shoots
  • 1 (0.75 oz) package basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 package Sophie’s vegan shrimp, thawed
  • Diced hot pepper, cayanne powder, or Sriracha sauce to taste, if you want a spicier curry

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until potatoes and eggplant are cooked through. Serve over rice.

Tags: coconut, fake meat, veganmofo

3 Responses to “Green “shrimp” curry”

  1. October 24th, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Ty/Cameraphonevegan.com says:

    I was super grossed out when I saw this vegan seafood at whole foods. Can you tell I never ate seafood in the 1st place? Hah.

    And that eggplant? hahahhahahhahahaha! I won’t even say it! ; )

  2. October 24th, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Helen says:

    Haha, TY, my BF said the same thing as you about the eggplant — “Are you really going to post that picture?”

  3. August 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Loving Hut Seattle says:

    [...] was not into this. In general, I don’t do fake shrimp, and this comes with tofu (good), fake ham (also good) and fake shrimp (blech). Also, the wrap, [...]

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