This week we’re pitting two types of faux chicken pieces against one another to find out which we like best!
We started out with the Tofurky pieces, as you can see here.
The interesting thing about these is that when you get them out of the box, they…
Well, they look like a bag of sick. A lot more like a bag of sick than anything I have ever seen, except for the way shredded duck looks when it has been vacuum-packed. So, that’s, you know, interesting.
However, it is always important not to judge a book by its cover, or even a foodstuff by how much it looks like a bag of sick. Once it’s out of the bag, it is no less unattractive, as well as being very greasy and crumbly to the touch. As soon as you try and do anything with it it literally breaks apart into little pieces.
The texture is chewy and bouncy when eating it, and there is only a subtle flavour while you chew. However, there is a strong chicken-y aftertaste which does come through a moment later. It’s quite juicy and moist, and is fine to eat cold or hot.
Next up, let’s look at the Vivera offering. This is a lot more attractive on first look, largely because it has to be, I suspect – it’s on view from the moment you spot the packet in the supermarket.
All looks aside, it is also easier to prepare because it is already served in small chunks, and isn’t as likely to fall apart into smaller pieces. This means that if you’re going to be preparing something in a rush, like your lunch for work, then you might want to stick to this option.
The chunks are quite large, so when rolling them up into my wrap for lunch it was actually quite a challenge to get them all in there. They are quite chewy in texture, but not as bouncy overall as the Tofurky.
The flavour is where these really feel like a let-down. They’re pretty bland, without much in the way of discernible flavour. You could really honestly be chewing anything at all, a block of rubber, for example. So the chicken aspect is, well, not really there for me.
So, onto the final verdict. Which of these two products would I prefer to pick up when I’m next at the supermarket? Well, the honest truth is that I wasn’t hugely impressed with either of them. If you’re looking for a chicken replacement then I would probably suggest trying another brand or just changing what you eat, because these won’t be enough to satisfy you. If push came to shove, however, I would opt for the Tofurky.