When Gardein entered Australia, I was so overjoyed. Perhaps something my husband did not understand at the time but these days, after trying a few Gardein products himself, he even goes out to buy them.
Gardein products are made in Canada. So far, we tried quite a few different fantabulous ones like Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes, Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips, Cick’n Patties, Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini, Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n and Golden Fishless Filets. I now have one shelf in my freezer just for Gardein products.
I usually get my Gardein products from The Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe but if I can’t make it there, Taste Organic in Crows Nest carries some Gardein products as well.
Now, let’s talk about Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites… The texture is quite soft and you can pan-fry them to a crisp perfection if you want to. There is a light batter on the outside. I guess, that’s what makes it soft. They are delicious. However, I wouldn’t know if they taste like real pork or not as I haven’t been brought up with that style of food. One thing I would say though is they cook fast and within minutes you have an amazing dish to serve.
Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites come in a 10.5 oz. or 300 g packs and a separate sweet and sour sauce packet. They are frozen and cooked from frozen too.
Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites Ingredients
Porkless Bites: water, vital wheat gluten*, soy protein concentrate*, yeast extract, expeller pressed canola oil*, methycellulose, natural flavors (from plant sources), garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, minced garlic, organic cane sugar, miso paste (organic soybeans, organic rice koji, sea salt, water, koji spores), tamarind extract, tomato powder, malted barley extract, spices, pea protein, carrot fiber, beetroot fiber, molasses, wheat starch*, soy lecithin*.
Batter: water, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), expeller pressed canola oil*, rice flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, garlic powder, spice, leavening (cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate).
Sauce: water, organic cane sugar, distilled vinegar, tomato paste, pineapple juice concentrate, tamari soy sauce* (water, soybeans, salt, sugar), natural flavours (from plant sources), yeast extract, tamarind extract, spices, tomato powder, sea salt, carrageenan, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, xanthan gum, colour added (contains paprika extract), ascorbic acid, canola oil, citric acid.
*Non genetically engineered soybeans, wheat and canola.
I followed the instructions at the back of the pack and made sweet and sour pork (as seen below). Next time, I will try and make mini porkless kebabs. For more recipes visit their website.