It’s pretty amazing how, with the right technology and a hefty dose of imagination, people can replicate virtually any traditional meat or dairy product using plants only. From bacon made out of carrots to eggs made out of mung beans and duckweed, there seem to be no limits to what humans can make out of plants nowadays.
And now, there’s yet another new wow-worthy veggie-made product that’s unbelievably similar to the real thing: vegan sashimi! In its traditional form, sashimi is fresh, thinly-sliced raw fish such as salmon or tuna. But while this may be delicious for some, the fact of the matter is that, just as with any other seafood product, consumption of conventional sashimi is driving the rapid depletion of global fish stocks and the extinction of many aquatic species.
Aiming to tackle this issue while still delivering the same craveable taste and texture offered by sashimi made from fish, the popular Amsterdam-based restaurant Vegan Junk Food Bar collaborated with commercial agent Vegan XL to create a plant-based sashimi brand called Vegan Seastar.
Excitingly, the brand is in the process of launching its first two products, “No Tuna” & “Zalmon.” Both of these fish-free sashimi varieties are made from tapioca starch and glucose extracted from seaweed. But if you didn’t know any better, you’d likely have a difficult time telling either of them apart from regular sashimi. See for yourself how amazingly fish-like they look:
Pretty incredible, right?! We are admittedly blown away, and we can’t wait to see how these sustainable sashimi products are received once they start being sold in the Jumbo Food Market in the Netherlands (happening soon!). If what Vegan Seastar says is true and these products really do have the same delectable taste and texture as real sashimi, we can’t imagine that they won’t be a hit!
To learn more about Vegan Seastar and its incredible plant-based products, visit the brand’s website here. And for more information on why eating fish-free, plant-based “seafood” instead of regular fish is an awesome way to help revitalize the Earth and our oceans, check out the Eat For The Planet book!
Lead Image Source: Vegan Seastar