Most of the time, I kinda cringe at using meat names to describe my vegan recipes. But with this recipe for Sweet and Sour Vegan TVP, it was just so ridiculously similar that I got the "Are you sure this doesn't have meat?" remark from my roomies and partner. I always get some weird satisfaction when people are "surprised" that what I've made is plant-based, it's proof that you really can have your cake and eat it too.

Sweet and Spicy ‘Pork’ [Vegan]



Cooking Time




  • 2.5 cup TVP chunks
  • 1 bell pepper - diced
  • 1 medium onion - sliced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha - or more to taste
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Re-hydrate the TVP chunks with boiling water and let sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  2. While that's happening, make the sauce by whisking together the ketchup, rice vinegar, brown sugar, braggs, sesame seeds, ginger and garlic. Taste for balance and adjust if needed.
  3. In a large deep pan or wok, water sauté the onions for 5 minutes, toss the peppers in for about 2 minutes. Now throw in the TVP chunks and "dry" them off a bit.
  4. Pour in all the sauce and toss to coat, cook on medium high heat until the sauce is absorbed and sticky.
  5. Enjoy!