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What to Look for When Buying Vegetarian Products

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What to Look for When Buying Vegetarian Products

cooking vegetarian food

Looking for a label that reads ‘Suitable For Vegans’ or a ‘Certified Vegan’ logo is a simple way to tell if a product is vegetarian. Checking the ‘Allergen Information’ is another easy way to tell.

 

If the product contains dairy, eggs, or shellfish, the allergy ingredients list will mention so. Look for the Green Dot to see whether it’s vegetarian.

 

Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks are recognizable identifiers that provide consumers with assurance.

 

Always look for the certified trademark logo on each product including the vegetarian meat in Malaysia.

 

All ingredients are independently checked by the Vegetarian Society, so whenever you see the trademarks shown on products, you can be confident that they are 100 percent vegetarian or vegan.

 

Here is a list of what to look for when buying vegetarian food products.

 

Vegan Labelling

Scanning the product’s label and package is a good place to start. As veganism has grown in popularity in recent years, more and more items are being branded as such.

 

Look for “Suitable for Vegans” or the “Certified Vegan” logo on each product. Vegetarian food manufacturers in Malaysia always have the certification logo on their products.

Allergen Information

A product’s allergy information can be found at the bottom of the ingredient list. If the product contains milk, eggs, or shellfish it will plainly say, “Contains milk, eggs, shellfish”.

 

This isn’t as effective for meat-based products, but it should immediately inform you whether or not it’s worth reading the entire ingredients list.

 

Look through the Ingredients

It’s crucial to examine the food label for any animal ingredients. Because garlic and onions are not suited for vegetarians, reading the product description will also disclose if the food contains them.

 

The following are a list of animal components that can be used in food that you might not be aware of:

  • Casein – milk protein.
  • Lactose – milk sugar.
  • Whey – milk by-product.
  • Collagen – gotten from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, and fish.
  • Elastin – found in the neck ligaments and aorta of bovine, similar to collagen.
  • Keratin – gotten from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, and fish.
  • Gelatine/gelatin – obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones and is usually from cows or pigs.
  • Aspic – an industry alternative to gelatine; made from clarified meat, fish or vegetable stocks, and gelatine.
  • Honey – food for bees, made by bees.
  • Vitamin D3 – from fish-liver oil or sheep’s wool.
  • Albumen/albumin – from an egg.
  • Cod liver oil – in lubricating creams and lotions, vitamins, and supplements.
  • Pepsin – from the stomachs of pigs, a clotting agent used in vitamins.

There are a lot of animal-derived by-products, which might be confusing at first.

 

But don’t be put off by the lengthy list. You’ll be surprised at how fast you figure out which ingredients to avoid.

 

Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out eventually.

 

Food Labelling with E Numbers

Food additives, on the other hand, can be problematic. In some parts of the world like Europe, all food additives must be listed on the ingredients list and assigned an E number, which can make reading labels more complex.

 

Many of these E numbers are fine for vegetarians, however, there is a handful that should be avoided since they are not cruelty-free.

 

The following are some examples of common ones to keep a watch out for:

  • E120: Carmine is also known as cochineal, carminic acid, or natural red 4. They are crushed-up beetles used as a red food colouring.
  • E441: Gelatine. It is a gelling agent made from mashed animal bone and skin, found in confectionery.
  • E542: it’s known as bone phosphate. Mashed-up animal bones are used to keep foods moist.
  • E901: It is known as beeswax. As the name implies, it is made by bees; mostly used as a glazing agent.
  • E904: is known as Shellac. It is used as a glazing agent, made from the secretions of an insect known as lac bug.
  • E910, E920, E921: is known as L-cysteine and its derivatives. It is made from animal hair and feathers, these additives are usually found in some bread as a proving agent.
  • E913: is known as Lanolin. It is a greasy substance secreted by sheep and other woolly animals. This substance is mostly used in cosmetics but also used to make vitamin D3, making many multi-vitamins and fortified foods unsuitable for vegetarians.
  • E966: is known as Lactitol. It is a sweetener gotten from lactose, which is made from milk.

In Closing

If you have any concerns about a specific vegetarian product, you should always contact the food product manufacturer directly – this may seem like a hassle, but if it’s a product you’ll be buying regularly, it’s worth it to clarify your concerns once and for all.

 

Everbest, an established manufacturer and distributor of soya-based food products, offers an extensive list of vegetarian-friendly products such as bean curd skin, ring rolls, vegetarian fish balls, vegetarian chicken meat, yuba, precooked vegetarian products and many more.

 

Visit our website for more details. 

 

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8 Types of Cuisine that are Vegetarian-friendly

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8 Types of Cuisine that are Vegetarian-friendly

vegetarian friendly cuisine

A restaurant menu can be full of foods you’ve never heard of, created with ingredients you can’t pronounce, and who knows what animal products can be concealed in these enticing delicacies? Before you return to the dishes you’re familiar with, take a look at these eight vegetarian-friendly cuisines to add more variety to your breakfast, lunch and dinner.  As you read more about different cuisines, you could even discover your new favourite food.

1. Indian cuisine

Indian cuisine remains one of the world’s most vegetarian-friendly cuisines. Due to religious beliefs, some parts of India are strictly vegetarian, with Hindus abstaining from eating beef entirely. Although India is one of the world’s most populous countries, it consumes the least meat per capita.

The dosa, one of the most commonly eaten dishes in South India, is an Indian crepe that is sometimes stuffed with vegetables, is one of the best vegetarian Indian foods you should try. Many curries in India are comprised entirely of vegetarian ingredients including chickpeas, potatoes, spinach, and paneer cheese. For a fusion twist, you can also try including Everbest Veg. Ku Loh Meat into your curries to increase its protein content.

ku loh meat

2. Thailand cuisine

seafood tofu

Many curries, rice dishes, and noodle meals employ vegetables or tofu instead of meat in this Asian cuisine. Thai cuisine often uses coconut milk as a substitute for dairy products like milk or cream. This helps to provide a rich creamy base for curries and soups while still being vegan-friendly.

Because many Thai foods are seasoned with fish sauce, it may be more difficult to eat vegan in Thailand. However, if you know what to ask for, there are still plenty of vegan options. Thai red curry with tofu and eggplant, as well as northern-style Thai coconut soup, are two popular options. For a more complex taste, replace regular tofu with Everbest Veg. Seafood Tofu.


3. Indonesian cuisine

While Indonesian cuisine is diverse, it is mostly distinguished by vivid colours and bold flavours. The abundance of vegetables and grains allows for simple vegetarian modifications while keeping a high level of authenticity. If you’ve never tried Indonesian food, give Gado-Gado a try and see what you’ve been missing out on.

Gado-Gado is a colourful salad that includes potatoes, long beans, bean sprouts, spinach, maize, and cabbage, as well as a side of peanut sauce. Tofu, tempeh, hard-boiled eggs (which are optional) and Everbest Veg. Fish Balls can also be added. From Jakarta to East Java, Gado-Gado is available everywhere, and each region has its unique version of this incredibly popular meal.

Veg. Fish Ball 250g
gado-gado

4. Chinese cuisine

Veg Handmade Spring Roll

Vegetarian cuisine is widely available and widely consumed in China, while vegetarianism is adopted by only a tiny percentage of the population. The focus on fresh vegetables, especially in the countryside, makes Chinese food ideal for vegetarians. Noodles, rice, tofu, veggies, and spring rolls, all staples of Chinese cuisine, are suitable for vegetarians.

Spring rolls in China can be fried or not, and they can include a variety of fillings. Veggie spring rolls come in a variety of flavours, including cabbage, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, and bean sprouts, to mention a few. The possibilities are unlimited, and adding a delicious dipping sauce enhances the flavour of this Chinese meal. For hassle-free cooking, use Everbest Veg. Spring Rolls.

5. Japanese cuisine

Japan is recognized for its wonderful food, which includes a wide range of meals to suit every palate. If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Japan, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of alternatives, ranging from vegetable tempura to sushi with pickled vegetables, hot pots with tofu and fresh vegetables, and nutritious noodle, rice, and edamame meals.

Edamame is a well-known appetizer served all around the world. We should all be grateful to the Japanese for inventing this delicious mix of steamed young soybeans sprinkled with sea salt. It tastes wonderful in rice dishes and salads.

Japanese cuisine miso noodles

6. Korean cuisine

Korean cooking has captivated the attention of foodies all over the world due to its varied flavors and unique health advantages. Many traditional Korean meals, such as bibimbap (rice combined with veggies and gochujang) and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles), can be cooked without meat. A Korean dinner isn’t complete without a main dish, a bowl of rice, and a selection of banchan (side dishes), which are ideal for vegans because they frequently contain stir-fried or pickled veggies.

Vegan versions of popular Korean vegetable meals including tofu stew, mandu (steamed dumplings), japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles), bibimbap (crispy rice and veggie bowl), and banchan are becoming more common (traditional Korean small side dishes ranging from kimchi, pickled daikon, mung bean, and stewed potatoes).

Veg. Dumplings

7. Southern Italian cuisine

The meat-and-dairy-heavy meals served in most Italian restaurants in Asia are a long cry from true Italian cuisine. Furthermore, Italian cuisine is highly varied, with one area differing significantly from the next. Go south if you’re looking for vegan-friendly Italian food. Ciambotta (vegetable stew), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans), Minestra (cabbage, leafy greens, white beans), and Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto are some of the items to look for. These classics are produce-forward and frequently entirely plant-based.

8. Mexican cuisine

Nothing tops vegan Mexican food when it comes to tasty, filling dinners. Vegan-friendly foods abound in the cuisine, which is simple to make. Vegan Mexican cuisine provides a wide variety of nutritious dishes and delectable tastes. There is no other culinary style that places such a heavy emphasis on nutritious ingredients like fresh veggies, tomatoes, and avocados.

Beans, rice, and maize are commonly used in Mexican recipes because they are affordable and flexible. If you like salsa or guacamole, you’re good to go!  Many Mexican dishes benefit from vegan cheeses and dairy-free sour cream.

In a Nutshell

So here you go, the eight types of cuisine that are both delicious and vegetarian-friendly. For speedy and hassle-free cooking, try exploring Everbest’s wide range of nutritious vegetarian products. Get in touch with us to know more about the products.

Happy cooking and eating!

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8 Vegetarian Malaysian Dishes to Try at Home

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8 Vegetarian Malaysian Dishes to Try at Home

vegetarian karipop

Malaysia is a fascinating country with a diverse range of cuisines, including many vegetarian-friendly dishes.

 

It’s true that Malaysian food beautifully displays the country’s multicultural heritage.

 

In this post, all the eight dishes we’ll discuss are vegetarian.

 

Additionally, the meat used for cooking is all plant-based made from a mixture of nutritious ingredients and Non-GMO soybeans for enhanced flavour.

 

Read on to find out the eight vegetarian Malaysian dishes you should try at home.

roti jalan and vegetarian curry

Roti Jala with Chicken Curry (Lacto-Ovo)

Roti Jala is a Malaysian dish usually served with curry and is a great vegetarian meal to make at home.
All the ingredients are entirely vegetarian, including the Veg. Roasted Chicken, which you can get from Everbest.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the Roti Jala

  • 250 g plant flour
  • 150 ml water
  • 100 ml evaporated milk
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs arrowroot powder

For the Vegetarian Chicken Curry

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Roasted Chicken
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 1 unit carrot chopped
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 unit tomato cut into 8 pcs
  • 2 unit potatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 pack 200ml light coconut cream

Instructions
 

For the Roti Jala

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients,including the pandan juice. Then strain the mixture to produce a smooth batter.
  • Fill a squeeze bottle with the mixture and brush the pan with cooking oil.
  • To make a lacey crepe, heat the pan and sprinkle the mixture in a circular motion.
  • Once the mixture is cooked, remove it from the pan and roll it into rolls. Then allow it to cool.

For the Chicken Curry

  • To make the curry paste, combine curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, and chilli powder in a bowl with 5 tablespoons of water.
  • In a large pot, heat the oil and cook the chopped carrots, ginger, and curry leaves until aromatic.
  • Continue to cook the curry paste in the pot until it becomes fragrant. Mix in Everbest Veg. Roasted Chicken and tomatoesthoroughly.
  • Add 150ml-200ml water, along with the coconut cream and potatoes, to achieve the required consistency. Simmer on low heatuntil Everbest Veg. Roasted Chicken and potatoes are cooked through. Beforeserving, season with salt to taste.
  • Serve the hot chicken curry as a Roti Jala dip.

Notes

Veg. Roasted Chicken 450g
Veg. Roasted Chicken
Keyword Veg. Roasted Chicken

Yong Tau Foo

Tofu mixed with fish paste is the main ingredient of Yong tau foo.
Yong tau foo can be enjoyed in various ways, including dry with a sauce or as a soup.
You can make it an entirely vegetarian meal by using  Everbest Veg. Seafood TofuVeg. 5 Spices Balls and Veg. Fish Paste.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Fish paste
  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. 5 Spices Balls
  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Seafood Tofu
  • 6 unit red chillies deseeded
  • 6 unit okra fingers
  • 10-12 unit fried tofu puffs

For the fish paste seasoning

  • 1 stalk scallion chopped
  • 1 unit red chilli deseeded and chopped
  • 3 dashes white pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp taucheo fermented yellow bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water + 1 teaspoon of cornstarch stir well

Instructions
 

  • Clean the okra and red chillies with water andcut a slit in the middle (for stuffing). Remove the red chilli seeds and patthe red chillies dry using paper towels. Make a hole in the top surface of thefried tofu puffs with your finger (for stuffing). Set aside.
  • Mix the Everbest Veg. Fish paste with the white pepper powder, sesame oil, chopped scallion, and red chilli.
  • Using a butter knife, stuff the paste into the red chillies, okras, and fried tofu puffs. Fill the insides of the red chillies, okras, and tofu puffs, but don't stuff them too much.
  • Steam for 5 minutes with the stuffedingredients on a dish.
  • With a bit of frying oil, lightly pan-fry the steamed Yong Tau Foo.
  • In a wok, heat some oil. Stir in the taucheo(yellow bean sauce) quickly. Toss in the sugar and water. Add the Yong Tow Foo to the wok as soon as the sauce thickens and stir well. Serve hot.

Notes

Fish Paste 500g
Veg. 5 Spices Ball
Veg. Seafood Tofu 500g
Keyword Veg. 5 spices ball, Veg. Fish Paste, Veg. Seafood Yuba
Veg. Roasted Chicken

Curry Puffs

A curry puff is a small pie made with curry, Everbest Veg. Chicken Meat, and potatoes and served in a deep-fried or baked pastry shell.
The curry is made thick to prevent it from spilling out of the snack.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the filling

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Chicken
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 unit carrot finely chopped
  • ½ tsp kurma powder
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 unit large potatoes boiled and finely diced
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

For the pastry

  • 400 g plain flour
  • 140 g margarine or shortening
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • First, make the filling. Heat the oil and gently cook the chopped carrots. Stir in the kurma powder, curry powder, chilli powder, and turmeric. Cook for 5 minutes with Everbest Veg. Chicken Meat, potatoes, sugar, pepper, and salt. Mix thoroughly and set aside to cool.
  • Combine flour, margarine, water, and salt in alarge mixing bowl and knead thoroughly to prepare the pastry. Allow for ahalf-hour rest period.
  • Cut the dough into three-inch-diameter rounds.To make a half-circle, fold the pastry in half and crimp the sides. Deep fry till brown in hot oil.

Notes

roasted chicken
Keyword Veg. Roasted Chicken
Spring Roll

Spring Roll

Everbest Veg. Spring Rolls are a pleasant, easy snack to cook at homeand are thought to bring wealth and fortune in the new year (since the roll isthe form and colour of a gold bar).
The Everbest Veg. Spring Rolls are high in protein, free of trans-fat and cholesterol and have zero per cent artificial colouring and flavouring.
Most importantly, they are made of 100% non-GMO soybeans.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • To thaw the frozen spring rolls, follow the instructions provided in the packet.
  • Pour oil into the pan. Once the oil is hot, drop the spring rolls one by one into the pan and fry until golden brown. It is not necessary to cook the spring rolls on a low or medium flame because the stuffing is already cooked.
  • You can fry them in a high flame. Then drain using a paper napkin.
  • It is ready and perfect to serve with soup based food such as laksa, hot pot, ramen and even instant noodle. Alternatively, they can be eaten just like that with chilli sauce or ketchup.

Notes

Veg Handmade Spring Roll
Keyword Veg. Spring Roll
Malaysian curry laksa

Malaysian Curry Laksa

The spicy curry Laksa is a Malaysian soup with many ingredients but is quite simple to prepare.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Noodle, Soup
Cuisine Malaysian, Thai

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Black Pomfret Fish
  • 250 g packet dried vermicelli noodles
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 185 g jar Malaysian laksa paste
  • 2 cup vegetable stock
  • 270 ml x2 cans coconut milk
  • 300 g broccoli cut into small florets
  • 150 g green beans trimmed, cut into thirds
  • 125 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cup bean sprouts trimmed
  • ½ cup fried shallots
  • 2 unit lime wedges to serve

Instructions
 

  • In a large, heatproof bowl, place the noodles.Fill the pot halfway with boiling water. Allow 5 minutes for the noodles to soften. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a wok over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Pour in the laksa paste. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until aromatic. Combine the stock and coconut milk in a large mixing bowl.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Add in EverbestVeg. Black Pomfret Fish. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Toss in the broccoli and beans. Cook for 2 minutes on low heat. Toss in the tomato. Allow to simmer for 1 minute, or until broccoliis bright green and tender.
  • 1.    Divide the noodles among the bowls. Pour the laksa over the noodles. Mint and beansprouts go on top. Serve with lime wedges.

Notes

Veg. Black Pomfret Fish 380g
Veg. Black Pomfret Fish 380g
Keyword Veg. Black Pomfret Fish
char kway teow

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a filling dish containing springy noodles, fresh vegetables and smoky flavours.
This flavorful noodle dish is the eesence of excellent Southeast Asian comfort food, despite its literal translation as "stir-fried rice cake strips."
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Noodle
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Prawns
  • 500 g kway teow noodles – flatrice noodles
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 unit Handful Chinese Chives cut into 4 cm lengths
  • 1 unit finely chopped carrots

Sauce

  • 1 tsp sambal or Chili paste totaste
  • 2 tbsp Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 100 ml vegetarian stock
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Soak the rice noodles in boiling water for 3–5minutes, or until they separate, then drain and air dry for 10 minutes on a clean tea towel.
  • Prepare the vegetables by cutting the Chinesechives into fine matchsticks and placing them in a small bowl.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients.

Cooking

  • Unpack Everbest Veg. Prawns.
  • Microwave Everbest Veg. Prawns. Set aside.
  • In a wok, heat the vegetable oil until it begins to smoke, add in the vegetables and heat until they are piping hot.
  • Stir-fry for another 20–30 seconds with the bean sprouts, then add the noodles and stir-fry for 1 minute before pouring over the sauce.
  • Add in Everbest Veg. Prawns.
  • Cook, constantly stirring, until all of the ingredients are well blended, and the noodles have dried out a little and begin to stick to the bottom of the wok to finish.

Notes

Veg Prawn
Keyword Veg. Prawn

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a Malaysian coconut milk rice dish that includes sambal, fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts, cucumber, and Everbest Veg. Drumstick.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 29 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Drumstick
  • 500 g long grain rice wash and soak in water for 15 minutes, then drain it
  • 700 ml coconut milk
  • 1 inch ginger sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 unit Pandan/screw pine leaves knotted

Prawn Sambal

  • 500 g Everbest Veg. prawns
  • 2 unit capsicums sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste mixed with ½ cup water strained
  • 1 unit oil, salt, sugar as per need

Ground together into a paste

  • 10 unit dried chillies soaked in water
  • 6 unit red chillies
  • 5 unit candlenuts (buah keras)

Instructions
 

  • Combine the rice, coconut milk, ginger, salt,and screw pine leaves in a rice cooker.
  • Stir the rice with a fork once it's donecooking.

For prawn sambal

  • Sauté the capsicums and ground ingredients in the oil until fragrant.
  • Stir in the Everbest Veg. Prawns until they become golden brown.
  • Combine the tamarind juice, salt, sugar, and turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk can also be added (optional). Cook until the gravy thickens.

Notes

Veg Drumstick S
Keyword Veg. Drumstick
Rendang Kambing Pedas

Rendang Kambing

The scent and flavor of Malaysian Everbest Veg. Lamb rendang stew are incredible
Rendang is a Peranakan trademark dish that is famous in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
It is an entirely vegetarian dish that may be prepared at home for dinner.
To prepare the tastiest lamb Rendang, follow this recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Malaysian

Ingredients
  

Spice Paste

  • 12 unit dried chillies deseed for a milder flavour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 unit capsicums minced
  • 3 unit lemongrass stalks bottom half - finely sliced
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh galangal peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil

Curry

  • 1 pkt Everbest Veg. Lamb
  • 10 g tamarind
  • cup hot water
  • cup fresh grated coconut available refrigerated or frozen in most supermarkets
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 unit cinnamon stick
  • 3 unit star anise
  • 3 unit green cardamoms pounded using a mortar and pestle
  • 1 unit lemongrass stalk bottom half pounded with a pestle
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 4 unit large kaffir lime leaves remove the midrib, and thinly slice the leaves
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or chopped Gula Melaka to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp salt to taste
  • 1 bowl steamed rice to server

Instructions
 

  • Simply cut the crown off to make an openingand shake the seeds out to deseed dried red chillies. Remove the seeds and soakthe deseeded chillies for 30 minutes in a cup of boiling water. You can soak whole dried chiles with seeds, as I do, or use dried chiles with seeds.
  • Discard the chilli water. Rehydrated red chillies should be chopped into tiny pieces with scissors. In a strong blender,combine them with the remaining Spice Paste ingredients and blend until completely smooth. To start the blender, add up to 1/2 cup of water (in smallincrements).
  • Set aside 30 minutes after soaking tamarind in 1/3 cup boiling water. Using your fingers, massage the soaked tamarind and squeeze out all of the pulp into the water. Discard the fibre and seeds. Set aside.
  • Place grated coconut in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat to make Kerisik (or toasted coconut). Slowly toast the coconut, swirling with a spatula to properly distribute the heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue to toast until golden brown and fragrant. The entire process should take around 5-10minutes on low heat. Allow cooling before transferring the toasted coconut to a bowl.
  • In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the oilseparates. Add cardamoms, cinnamon, star anise, followed by homemade spicepaste.
  • Then add Everbest Veg. Lamb and cook for 8-10minutes.
  • Add the roasted coconut, lemongrass stalks, cut kaffir lime leaves, sugar, salt, tamarind pulp, and coconut milk. Stir everything together for a nice blend.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a lowsetting. On low heat, make sure the sauce is still boiling. Check the water level every 40-50 minutes, and if the curry begins to dry out, add extra water.(If using a pressure cooker, close it and wait until the pressure is fullbefore lowering the heat to cook for 20-25 minutes.)
  • Cover and cook for 2-2.5 hours, or until Everbest Veg. Lamb is soft. (If you're using a pressure cooker, let itrest for 30 minutes before opening it.)
  • If there is still a lot of liquid in the potafter the vegetables are soft, reduce it by turning up the heat until the sauce is thick and delicious. Add extra salt and sugar. Serve with steamed rice whileit's still hot.

Notes

Veg. Stewed Lamb Chunk 500g
Veg. Stewed Lamb Chunk 500g
Keyword Vegetarian lamb chunks

In a Nutshell

Whether you’re in the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, the sandy beaches of Penang, or the lush rainforests of Borneo, you’ll never be short of good vegetarian food in Malaysia.

 

Try these vegetarian dishes at home today. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.

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7 Types of Vegetarian Diet for Beginners to Try

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7 Types of Vegetarian Diet for Beginners to Try

vegetarian food on table

Over the last several decades, vegetarian diets have grown in popularity. Beginners to vegetarian diets typically think of this eating style as part of the plant-based movement, which emphasizes plant foods above animal products.

 

In fact, there are a few different ways to approach this style of eating.

 

This post will go through 7 different vegetarian diets and the food to include and avoid.

 

1. Vegetarian lacto-ovo diet

Some consider a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet to be the most traditional vegetarian diet. You wouldn’t consume meat or fish in this type of vegetarian diet, but you would still eat eggs and dairy products.

The prefix “lacto” is derived from the Latin word lac, meaning milk. The prefix “ovo” is derived from the Latin word “ovum,” which meaning “egg.”

A Lacto-Ovo vegetarian diet allows you to consume eggs, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, and other dairy products while avoiding any animal-derived foods, including beef, fish, poultry, and pork.

 

2. Lacto-vegetarian diet

A Lacto-vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet that incorporates dairy products.

 

Dairy goods, such as cow’s milk, and meals prepared with it, fall under this category. Cheese, butter, sour cream, yoghurt, and ice cream are examples of these.

 

All meats, including beef, pork, poultry, and fish, are prohibited. Eggs are also excluded. However, plant-based meats and products can be consumed.

 

People who maintain a Lacto-vegetarian diet may do so for religious or cultural reasons, similar to those who follow a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. For example, people who practise Buddhism or Hinduism are all familiar with this variant.

 

3. Ovo-vegetarian diet

The “ovo” prefix implies that an ovo-vegetarian diet does not contain dairy products but does include eggs.

 

An ovo-vegetarian diet eliminates all dairy products and dishes prepared with them, such as cow’s milk, cheese, butter, sour cream, yogurt, and ice cream, in addition to meat and fish.

 

Eggs and egg dishes, such as scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, and omelettes would be included in an ovo-vegetarian diet. They can also bake using eggs, such as muffins, cakes, and bread.

 

4. Flexitarian diet

The “flexi” prefix indicates that a flexitarian diet is intended to be more flexible than a rigid vegan or vegetarian diet. It stresses the health advantages of plant-based diets while permitting certain animal items in limited quantities.

 

It is mainly a plant-based diet, with some meat and other animal products, such as eggs and dairy, included in moderation. Flexitarians also consume on plant-based textured meat and other variety of plant proteins.

 

The basic principles of a flexitarian diet are to consume mainly whole plant foods, obtain the majority of protein from plants rather than animals, minimize added sugar and processed foods as much as possible, and sometimes include meat and animal products.

 

Because they consume modest quantities of meat on occasion, flexitarians aren’t strictly vegetarians. It is up to the individual to choose a diet that suits their needs. 

 

5. Pescatarians diet

A plant-based diet that incorporates fish is known as a pescatarian diet. The prefix comes from the Italian word “pesce,” which means “fish.”

 

Pescatarians eat fish-based meals like tuna and salmon but avoid other meats like beef, poultry, or pork.

 

The inclusion of dairy and eggs in a pescatarian diet varies from person to person. Pescatarians can also consume plant-based fish such as Soy Pomfret fish and Veg. Seaweed fish.

 

Fish and seafood provide healthful omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in a pescatarian diet.

 

6. Vegan diet

A vegan diet eliminates all animal-derived items, such as meats, fish, dairy, and eggs. Some vegans also avoid honey because bees produce it.

 

A vegan diet consists entirely of plant-based meals. Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils, fall under this category.

 

Plant-based alternatives to conventional animal goods, such as plant-based milk and dairy products, plant-based egg substitutes, and plant-based substitutes like tofu, tempeh, seitan, and jackfruit, may be included in a vegan diet.

 

7. Raw vegans

As a testimony to what humans would consume in the wild without access to fire, raw vegans do not eat cooked foods at all.

 

Only unprocessed plant foods that have not been cooked beyond 115 Degrees Fahrenheit will be consumed by raw vegans.

 

As many vegetables, such as asparagus, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, become more nutritionally beneficial when cooked before being eaten, this type of diet is frequently scrutinized by scientists.

 

In a Nutshell

When deciding which vegetarian diet variant is best for you, it’s recommended to consider aspects like sustainability, affordability, and nutritional quality.

 

Furthermore, choosing which variant best fits with your own beliefs and objectives is a critical element in determining how long it will be sustainable for you.

 

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5 Meals a Day with Vegetarian Food

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Five meals a day with vegetarian food

Enjoying vegetarian meals

To be a vegetarian, you must know how to create the finest meals that meet your dietary needs. Beans, soy, and every other vegetable in the world become your greatest friends after you become a vegetarian. As a result, after a while as a vegetarian, you create a favourite meal — a reliable go-to that you can always turn to when you are hungry or when you want to enjoy a simply delicious meal. 

Here is a delicious and nutritious five-meal plan with vegetarian food. 

1. Breakfast: Veg. Dumpling with milk (to drink)

everbest veg. dumpling

Dumplings are an adorable bundle of joy formed with bits of dough wrapped around a filling. Everbest Veg. Dumpling is filled with vegetarian-friendly ingredients that aim to satisfy and nourish your body. The Veg. Dumpling is a delicious Asian treat filled with water chestnut and black fungus. A textured soy protein that gives it that additional smoothness is lavishly wrapped around it. It’s the ideal breakfast for you and your loved ones. It can, however, be consumed at any time. 

How to Cook

Simply defrost Everbest’s Veg. Dumpling and steam them in medium fire for 10 mins. Serve with Chinese soy sauce or chilli oil if you prefer. For added nutrition have them with a cup of warm milk.

Lunch: Veg. Zi Zhu Fish Bento

Everbest Zi Zhu Fish
Everbest mock fish

A nutritious, well-balanced meal is essential for your body. In a bento-style dish, you can split your meals into carbohydrates, protein, veggies, and fruits to ensure that you have all the necessary nutrients for your daily diet. Get a bento container and split your food into the various dishes.

  • Carb: Steamed rice or noodles with soy sauce
  • Protein: Sweet and sour Veg. Zi Zhu Fish 
  • Veggies: stir-fried kailan, steamed broccoli, sauteed carrots
  • Fruits: Orange slices, berries (or any fruits of your choice)

Everbest Veg. Zi Zhu Fish is produced from non-GMO soybeans and is wrapped in fragrant seaweed. Everbest Veg. Zi Zhu Fish is made with high-protein, cholesterol-free, and trans-fat-free components. It may be sliced and cooked with any paste or sauce, or it can be steamed for a healthy option.

Place your choice of carbs, as well as the veggies and fruits, in your bento box once you’ve finished cooking each individual component. Enjoy your lunch! A great tip is to make each dish beforehand to save up on time.

Tea Break: Chai Gor

Chai Gor 350g
everbest chai gor

Tea breaks are an important part of your day since they allow you to unwind and recharge. You can recharge with Chai Gor while relaxing during your tea break. Non-GMO Soy Bean, corn starch, rice flour, and vegetarian healthy ingredients make up Everbest’s Chai Gor. It has a strong duck aroma and is high in protein, low in trans fat, preservative-free, and cholesterol-free. It’s a great filler ingredient for vegetarian duck meat.  

How to Cook

Simply defrost Everbest’s Chai Gor, then either steam or deep fry it. Enjoy it with a cup of tea!

Dinner: Roasted Chicken Porridge (Congee)

This dish is usually served as dinner and ideal for a chilly evening. Everbest’s roasted chicken is a vegetarian meat created with high-quality soybeans and other healthy components. It’s simple to prepare, nutritious, and high in protein. It is the perfect side dish for your congee dinner. 

Ingredients 

  • 2-inch piece of ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 14 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Veg. Roasted chicken
Everbest roasted chicken chunks

How to Cook

In a large pot, mix the rice, ginger, and garlic, then add 10 cups of water. Set a timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes after bringing to a boil and reducing to a simmer.

Meanwhile, bring another pot of water to a boil. Fill a heat-safe bowl halfway with boiling water and add the mushrooms. Because they float, place a bowl on top of the mushrooms and filled them with water to keep them submerged. Soak them for around 20 minutes, or until they’ve softened.

The soaking water should be drained and discarded. Thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms and add to the rice in a boiling saucepan. It doesn’t matter when you put them in; as long as they’re in there for at least 20 minutes.

Stir the pot occasionally as it simmers, especially as it approaches completion, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. After an hour and a half, the rice should have completely broken down and produced a thick porridge. If you want a thinner consistency, add additional water until you get the desired result.

Serve with all your favourite toppings and the Veg. Roasted Chicken on the side. 

Supper: Gingko Nuts Sweet Soup

In Asia and other areas of the world, Gingko nuts sweet soup is one of the most popular vegetarian dishes. When you have all of the ingredients ready, cooking is simple and quick. It’s just the right meal for supper.

Everbest fresh soy sticks

 

Everbest fresh soy stick is a nutritious, healthful meal that is especially suitable for vegans and the right ingredient for the Gingko nuts sweet soup. Everbest fresh soy stick is a traditional Chinese food made from soybeans. It is fragrant with soybeans, has healthy ingredients, and is minimal in calories. They have a fantastic flavour and make a great Gingko nuts sweet soup. 

Ingredients 

  • Fresh soy sticks or yuba sheets
  • Gingko nuts
  • Pearl barley/job’s tear barley
  • Pandan leaves
  • Rock sugar
  • Eggs (Optional)
soy stick soup

How to Cook

In a soup pot, bring water and pearl barley to a boil. To soften the barley, reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover the pot, and cook for one hour.

After that, we add the ginkgo nuts to the pot and continue to cook the soup for another 30 minutes on low heat.

Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes after adding the soy sticks or yuba sheets and pandan leaves.

After that, add the sugar and stir until it has completely melted. Feel free to add additional sugar if you want a sweeter soup.

To make an egg drop soup impression, keep stirring the soup while slowly pouring in the gently beaten egg.

It’s done! Remove the pandan leaves from the soup before serving.

In a Nutshell

More and more people have chosen to become vegetarian in Malaysia. Vegetarians can follow this five meal a day plan to enjoy a healthy diet of plant-based meat, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, soy milk, and eggs. Follow the tips above to create your favourite meals — from breakfast, lunch, tea break, dinner and supper. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us. 

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How to Stick to your Vegetarian Diet while Working from Home

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How to Stick to your Vegetarian Diet while Working from Home

sticking to a vegetarian diet while working from home

Sticking to your vegetarian diet while you work from home is a lot easier with proper planning. One of the best plans is to keep vegetarian products and plant-based meats, such as ring rolls, fresh soy sticks, fried bean curd, bean curd skin, and more in the fridge.  

Moreover, it’s advisable to put away food that isn’t classified as vegetarian (such as beef and chicken) as doing so will make you crave meat.  

Read on to find out ways you can stick to your vegetarian diet while you work from home. 

1. Make a schedule for your snacks and meals

Establish when you’ll eat throughout the day in the same way you schedule and plan out the rest of your day (get up, workout, shower). Plan ahead of time if you know you prefer to have lunch around noon. 

If the meal will take a long time to cook, prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. The process will speed up once the actual cooking begins. 

Additionally, if you enjoy a late-afternoon snack, make sure to plan for it. If you can, keep some vegetarian snacks such as Everbest ring rolls on your work table. It can also help you stay at your desk at work without having to get up to fetch something.

2. Make sure you actually eat

When you start the day’s work, it can be hard to take a break to eat. However, it’s critical to recognize hunger signals and understand how not eating may influence your alertness and productivity. Vegetarian meals that are high in fiber and protein can keep you satisfied for a long period, allowing you to focus on your task. 

Furthermore, eating throughout the day can prevent you from being a grumpy mess by 5 p.m., causing you to overeat or consume non-vegetarian meals (for those who keep foods non-vegetarians). Set the alarm on your phone, if necessary, to remind you to get up and eat.

3. Make your lunches ahead of time

Something is liberating about making any meal you want (and not having to stand in line for the work microwave is a huge bonus). However, for some people, the flexibility is excessive, particularly when it comes to weekday lunches. 

If possible, prepare your lunches ahead of time, just like you would on days when you go to work. It also doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. A simple type of meal prep that eliminates all the guesswork is a pack of lettuce, precut veggies, Everbest veg drumsticks, and nuts.

Prepare the veggies ahead of time by chopping them up. 

4. Concentrate on eating

Now that your coworkers aren’t physically present, you might be tempted to work through your lunch break. Don’t do it! Being preoccupied during a meal can contribute to overeating and a reduction in satiety (fullness and satisfaction).

Instead, take a break from work to sit down at a table and relax for a few minutes while eating your lunch. You’ll have a better time eating it, and you’ll be better prepared for the remainder of your workday. 

5. Don't keep non-vegetarian foods

Don’t keep non-vegetarian foods in your fridge or pantry, as mentioned in the introduction of this post. This may lead to indulging just because you have them on hand. Keep non-vegetarian food out of your house as much as possible.

If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. However, if you live with meat-eaters, this may be tough. In this case, keep your food in separate parts of the fridge and be strong. 

In a Nutshell

Consider preparing a meal plan for the week or month. Doing this can help you stick to your vegetarian diet. Also, if you have a specific body goal you hope to achieve, you can prepare your meal plan based on your desired body goal.

For plant-based meat and vegetarian products in Malaysia, look for Everbest, a leading brand for the manufacturing and distributing of soya-based food products in Asia. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.

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Seven Soya Bean Products You Need to Try Right Now

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Seven Soya Bean Products You Need to Try Right Now

Soya Bean Products

Soya beans are a member of the pea (legume) family of vegetables that have been a staple of Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Soya bean-based foods are particularly common among vegetarians and vegans. This is because of their high-quality and complete protein content; and their ability to be transformed into milk and plant-based meat.

Soya beans contain phytoestrogens, which are hormone-like compounds that imitate the activity of the hormone oestrogen and have been linked to positive health effects. Consuming soya bean products can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, coronary heart disease (CHD), and certain cancers and improve bone health.

Soya Beans Nutritional Profile

Soy is an excellent source of protein. It’s one of the few plant foods with all of the essential amino acids that real meat has. Soya beans are known to have the following benefits:

  • High fibre content
  • Protein-dense
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Free of cholesterol
  • Free of lactose
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • An antioxidant-rich food
  • Phytoestrogens are abundant

Soya beans can be processed in several different ways. They produce food that is delicious and wholesome. 

Some soya bean products, such as those offered by Everbest, are calcium and iron sources. You can find them in the following categories:

  • Fresh soy stick
  • Bean curd skin series
  • Yuba series
  • Additional series
  • Soya bean series

Here are seven soya beans products you need to try right now.

1. Ring Rolls

Everbest Ring Rolls are made using high-quality premium bean curd skin that is quickly fried before being hand-wrapped into a roll. To ensure that the food quality is maintained, Everbest uses only specially selected Non-GMO soya bean sourced from Canada in all of our soya bean products. Ring Rolls go well with every soup-based dish. Dip them in preferred soup for 3 seconds, and they’re ready to eat! 

2. Fresh Soy Sticks

The Everbest Fresh Soy Stick is nutritious and organic food that is particularly suitable for vegetarians. It is fragrant with soybeans, contains nutritious ingredients, and low calories. The Fresh Soy Stick is considered a meat substitute, and it’s perfect in slow-cooked dishes alongside beef or lamb for a different texture. 

3. Fried Bean Curds

The Everbest Fried Bean Curd is a savory snack that can be served as an appetizer or as part of a buffet menu. It goes well with curry, fragrant hot pot, herbal soup, yong tau fu, steamboat, and a variety of other dishes.
 

4. Bean Curd Skin

The Everbest Bean Curd Skin is a small, handcrafted layer that contains all of the nutrients found in soybeans. As a wrapper for various food fillings, this is an excellent option for salads and quick stir-fries. 

5. Crispy Soya

The Everbest Crispy Soya is rich in nutrients, balanced, fresh, and delectable in taste and texture. The Crispy soya is a soybean chip and skin recipe that will appeal to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. 

6. Veg. Drumsticks

Even for non-vegetarians, the Veg. drumstick is a favourite snack. This is a unique product for vegetarians who want to experience the feel, joy, and taste of chicken. It’s made of soybeans that aren’t genetically modified and aromatic spices. Cooking with the veg. drumsticks are a great way to spice up your meal on every occasion. 

7. Veg. Ku Loh Meat

The Everbest Veg. Ku Loh Meat is made of non-GMO soybeans, has a meaty texture and flavour, and can be cooked in various ways. It’s springy and tasty, with high protein content and balanced ingredients, making it an excellent meat-based choice for both non-vegetarians and vegetarians. 

In a Nutshell

Soya beans are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of products worldwide. Enjoy Everbest soya bean products such as fresh soy sticks and Ring Rolls to gain protein, calcium, amino acid, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and many more to stay healthy and happy. Get one today at your local grocery store or online!

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Easy Tips to Make Vegetarian Meals at Home

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Easy Tips to Make Vegetarian Meals at Home

vegetarian salad bowl

Every vegetarian should be aware of the techniques for preparing meatless meals that are truly satisfying. You should keep everybody satisfied even though you’re cooking for a mixed crowd of vegetarians and meat-eaters.

Here are easy tips to make vegetarian meals at home. We hope these tips can help you make the most sumptuous and satisfying meals at home.

 

1. Make a Well-Balanced Meal

When you combine protein and fibre in your meals, you tend to feel fuller for longer. Chickpeas provide protein, while brown rice and root vegetables provide fibre.

 

2. Use Beans in A Variety of Ways

Beans, a beloved vegetarian staple worldwide, will easily become a part of your new meatless diet. But don’t limit yourself to staples like chickpeas and black beans. Experiment with heirloom beans, such as Cranberry beans or Mayocoba beans.

 

3. Include Chewy Foods

Chewy foods like seared firm tofu, textured soy protein, grilled mushrooms, and nuts are more filling than a spoonful of broth because they require more time and effort to consume.

They are even more similar to the way you chew meat, making them a more enjoyable substitute.

 

4. Cook with Ready-made Soy-Based Meat and Products

Soy-based meat products from Everbest are made with non-GMO, gluten-free soy protein. The Fresh Soy Stick is great when used in stir fries or slow-cooked dishes for a contrasting texture.

The Veg. Roasted Chicken from Everbest is easy to cook, healthy and high in protein. A great addition to any meal.

 

5. Use Umami-Rich Ingredients

A Japanese scientist who discovered this fifth taste coined the word umami, which loosely translates to “delicious.” He discovered that humans could detect glutamate in foods, giving them a flavour that isn’t sweet, salty, sour, or bitter (the other four tastes).

Most people are familiar with glutamate as MSG (monosodium glutamate), a taste enhancer usually used in Chinese restaurants. However, it is a naturally occurring and healthy compound found in meat and various other foods.

Umami is enhanced by fermentation, which is why soy sauce and aged cheeses like Parmesan are so savoury. Asparagus, peppers, seaweed, peas, rice, and onions are all rich in umami. Umami can also be found in soyfoods like tofu and edamame.

 

6. Mix Different Flavours and Textures to Create a Unique Dish

Mix textures and flavours to excite the palate. Crisp spring vegetables pair well with creamy ricotta gnocchi. The decadent sauce offers the dish a sense of sustenance. No single element is as satisfying as the whole.

 

7. Frozen Tofu Should Always Be On Hand

If you’re not used to it, tofu can be difficult to integrate into your diet. However, the simplest way to begin preparing it is by putting it in the fridge. Tofu has a softer, chewier feel when frozen, making it suitable for soaking up marinades before baking or frying.

Simply place the block in the freezer and thaw it by submerging it in warm water or heating it for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave. After that, press it to extract any excess moisture before dipping it into your favourite marinade.

You’ll have a meatless protein option on hand for fast meals if you keep a few blocks in the freezer.

 

8. Don't Be a Vegetarian Who Eats Junk Food

When you remove meat from your diet, it’s easy to fall back on easy, fast food substitutes. However, relying solely on frozen waffles, chips, and microwave meals will leave you feeling sluggish in no time, prompting many newbie vegetarians to reintroduce meat into their diet.

To stay meatless, limit your fast food intake and instead concentrate on wholesome ingredients such as whole grains, legumes, and fresh produce.

 

Final Thoughts

Ensure that you have lots of Carbohydrate options available – tortillas, buckwheat soba noodles, rice stick noodles, sweet potatoes, couscous, quinoa, etc.

Moreover, make sure that you always have several cans of full-fat coconut milk available for smoothies and curries, including nut butter, tahini, white miso, and soy-based  products for fast and easy cooking.

For more information, feel free to get in touch with Everbest, your reliable vegetarian food manufacturer in Malaysia.

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What is Plant-based Meat and Why You Need to Try It?

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What is Plant-based Meat and Why You Need to Try It?

what is plant based meat

By the day, and for a good reason, plant-based meat is growing more common in Malaysia. 

Offering a healthy meat substitute while being substantially more nutritious and packing authentic tastes, aromas, and textures, plant-based meats make it easier than ever to minimize or even eradicate traditional meat consumption.

What Is Plant-Based Meat?

Plant-based meat is products made from plant materials that, from taste to smell, texture and appearance, are designed to imitate meat in any way. One or more substitute protein ingredients are used in plant-based meats and can come in burgers, sausages, ground meat, crumbles, nuggets, or even imitation seafood such as crabsticks.

Types of Plant-Based Meat

Two main forms of plant-based meat are available: whole muscle meat and restructured meat.

The products for whole muscle meat are meant to imitate steak, chicken breast, or any other animal muscle form. Those that resemble products like ground beef, meatballs, sausages, and nuggets are restructured meat products.

What Is Plant-Based Meat Made from?

Plant-based meat can be made from several ingredients depending on the type of meat being processed and its production. The popular ingredients include: 

  • grains
  • legumes (used for proteins)
  • fibers
  • starches

These ingredients are made to more closely resemble meat characteristics through a method known as extrusion. Extruded plant-based meats often use fibers and starches to make products feel like animal meat. Thanks to these ingredients, plant-based meat products can now have the required amount of fibre like real meat.

Regardless of the types of process in which plant-based meats are made, they are similar to real meat in terms of calories and less cholesterol.

Why do you need to try plant-based meat?

Many studies have shown that increased mortality risk is correlated with high consumption of red and processed meats. The United States Department of Health & Human Services estimates that high cholesterol, cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and other chronic, potentially lethal diseases may be related to eating unhealthy red meat quantities.

Plant-based meat like the Everbest Veg. Mock Duck lowers the amount of saturated fat in your diet, thereby increasing the quality of fiber and vitamins that make you less prone to diseases at the same time.

The World Health Organization listed processed meats such as bacon, sausages, and beef jerky as carcinogenic (having the potential to cause cancer) in 2015 and red meat as “possibly carcinogenic,” like beef, pork, and lamb. These results sound the warning that American diets require a revamp.

Plant-based meats like the Veg. Hong Kong Barbeque Meat can be healthier since they have no cholesterol while containing high amounts of fiber — a nutrient missing from most meat-centric diets since the traditional meat lacks fiber entirely. 

plant based meat

Fortification for more nutritious plant-based meats

By fortifying them with different vitamins and minerals, plant-based meat manufacturers in Malaysia can amplify their products’ nutrient profiles, just as traditional dairy is fortified with nutrients such as vitamin D.  

Besides, Everbest soy-based products such as the Veg. Chicken Meat, Veg. Hong Kong Barbeque Meat, etc., are not loaded with the pesticides and hormones fed from factory farms to livestock. As antibiotic resistance is a severe and growing problem around the world, this is especially important.

Final Thoughts

Opting for alternatives to plant-based meat can help minimize the hazards associated with eating too much meat. Eat plenty of plant-based foods, particularly those called “whole foods,” meaning unrefined, minimally processed foods, for optimal health.

Everbest Group, a high-tech food manufacturer and exporter based in Malaysia, offers the healthiest and most innovative soybean products of the highest quality. Feel free to visit our website for a complete range of plant-based products.

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8 Naturally Vegan Meals to Enjoy During CNY (Chinese New Year)

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8 Naturally Vegan Meals to Enjoy During CNY (Chinese New Year)

vegan meals during Chinese new year

As the Chinese New Year is approaching, everyone is looking forward to this delicious food-filled family reunion celebration season. While many of the popular Chinese dishes usually enjoyed during Chinese New Year contain meat and egg products, several traditional dishes have stood the test of time and are still entirely plant-based.

For vegans who want a taste of meat this season without breaking their eating habit, they can indulge in some plant-based meat available in stores across Malaysia.

Here are eight Chinese New Year dishes you can enjoy that are naturally vegan. 

1. Ring Rolls

A must-have for Chinese New Year is ring rolls. The Everbest Ring Rolls that are made of specially selected non-GMO soybean imported from Canada. They are crispy on both the outside and inside. Best served with different hotpot soup bases like mala soup, tom yam soup, tomato soup and more, this golden perfection is a must-have hotpot ingredient for Chinese New Year.

Bean curd ring rolls for vegan steamboat during chinese new year

2. Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go)

The season for the spring festival is full of cakes! While this iconic dish has become a favourite dim sum staple enjoyed year-round, people reserve the dish for the Lunar New Year. We love this vegan-friendly Lo Bak Go recipe that uses grated turnips, rice flour, diced mushrooms and vegetable and can be enjoyed either steamed or pan-fried until it turns golden brown. 

3. Chinese Seaweed Salad

The Chinese Seaweed Salad is not only refreshing. It is healthy – packed with several nutritious ingredients, and a perfect addition to your Chinese New Year meal. You’ll certainly want to pile up your plate with a second serving when made with the homemade Chinese-style spicy dressing.

4. Colourful Tofu Mushroom and Scallion Dumplings

Dumplings are a part of the celebration of China’s New Year. It might be a little labour intensive to make these Colorful Tofu Mushroom and Scallion Dumplings, but they look pretty on a dinner table. These dumplings are coloured with turmeric, spirulina, cabbage, and beet powder and have a mushroom, tofu, and scallion filling. They are delicious and fun to eat.

5. You Po Mian: 10-Minute Chinese Hot Oil Noodles

Long noodles represent long life during the Chinese New Year. This hearty and spicy You Po Mian is full of Chinese cuisine’s authentic flavours. It’s unlike anything you’ll get in Chinese take-out. The traditional version of this recipe uses wheat noodles, but it becomes lighter and gluten-free using rice noodles.

6. Lo Han Jai: Buddha's Delight

This Buddha’s Delight provides a special treat, whether you’re looking for a festive Lunar New Year dish to celebrate or a zen meal to revitalize! It’s also a vegetarian classic usually served on the first day of the New Year that appears in many Chinese restaurants.  


The Buddha’s Delight deserves of the title “king of stir fry” with its rich mix of fresh ingredients and a range of delicate ingredients, such as fat choy (black moss), lily flowers and Everbest Mix Soy Knot Wrap for good luck and prosperity.

everbest mix soy knot during Chinese New Year

7. Ang Ku Kueh

In a sticky dough made of glutinous rice flour, these little snacks commonly contain peanut, red bean and mung bean fillings. Roasting, boiling and steaming are the different preparation processes – healthier than deep-fried treats. Bear in mind their sugar content and enjoy them in small quantities.

8. Sichuan Stir-fried Potatoes

The idea of stir-fried potatoes was new until we began consuming more Sichuan cuisine. One of our all-time favourite traditional Chinese vegan dishes is potatoes cut into thin matchsticks. The tastes of salty, numbing Sichuan peppercorns, dried chillies, and garlic readily soak up the potatoes. Keep the potato skins on to gain an added nutritional boost!

In a Nutshell

If you would like to have a healthy Chinese New Year, keep away from calorific meals. Mandarin oranges are a nice addition to your meals (abundant this festive season). You should snack on seeds and nuts as well, which are not only delicious but also nutritious. For more choices on vegan meals, including plant-based meat, visit Everbest, a leading integrated soybean products manufacturing company and exporter in Malaysia.