Friday, January 1, 2010

Sweet & Sour Tofu & Vegan Prawns

Our last supper of 2009 consisted of sweet and sour tofu and vegan prawns. (The broccoli is from my winter garden...luckily it pulled through the cold snap we had a few weeks back.)

Now, vegan prawns are not something I buy often...but sometimes they're fun. I picked these up at Sidecar for Pig's Peace:

They're made of vegetable gum and root starch, with paprika for the color. They have a firm texture and taste mildly, well, prawns. 

Sweet and Sour Sauce
2/3 cup pineapple juice (from a can of pineapple...I couldn't find a ripe fresh one)
1/4 cup agave
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
2 tablespoons corn starch

Mix all ingredients in a pan and heat over medium until thickened, stirring frequently. Pour the sauce over any stir fry mixture of your choice.

All in all, it was a tasty way to end the year.

Happy New Year All!


  1. looks really great!thanks for writing about what they were made of(the prawns), i would have assumed some sort of soy or something.

  2. I've had a package of those prawns in my freezer for almost two years. Didn't know what to do w/them. If I ever get up the nerve to try them, I'll do it this way. Happy New Year!

  3. Rose,

    Your dinner looks wonderful. I have had the vegan prawns at a local Asian restaurant but never saw them for sale anywhere (and I have looked). I can't wait to check out the link to where you found them. Hopefully they do mail order without a huge shipping charge.

    talk to you later,

  4. I've never seen vegan prawns! Must look harder!

    Happy new year,


  5. Yes, it's an odd combo of things...there 2 or 3 different types of vegetable gums in it...probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but I guess it makes them stick together.

  6. Thanks SV, Happy New Year to you too.

    I was a little scared to try them at first too, but they're ok fried, or on the bbq, esp if you marinate them in something first.

  7. Hi Alicia,

    I'm not sure whether PP does shipping or not...I know other online vegan sites do, but there is a big charge because they have to be shipped in a freezer bag or something and delivered w/in a certain period of time.

    I felt a little guilty using them, because they are a highly processed food, but once in a while is ok, and I'm getting ready for E2L, that should be a good detox for me.

  8. Tahn,

    Happy New Year to you too.

    I stumbled upon the vegan prawns at a local all-vegan shop.

  9. Hi Tofu Mom,

    I love Sidecar too, but don't get there as often as I'd like.

  10. Oh I am sooo glad to see this post. My husband picked up some of these the other day. I have never cooked even real shrimp so I didn't have a clue what to do with it.

  11. Hi Heather,

    I recommend marinating them first and either throwing them on the BBQ or in a stir fry...also frying them in a tempura batter works out pretty well.


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