When I was very young and visited Malaysia, I remember going to a restaurant that was actually inside a cave in some mountain. It was a vegetarian restaurant that did an amazing job (I thought) of preparing dishes that imitated meat. I remember there was this one dish that looked like little chicken drummettes.
Trader Joe's has a variety of vegetarian frozen foods. I tried the corn dog,which I thought imitated a real corn dog amazingly. In fact, I don't think I would be able to tell the vegetarian corn dog apart from a real corn dog that used a beef frank.
In Torrance, CA, there is a Chinese vegetarian restaurant that does a so-so to inadequate job of imitating meat. We ordered the vegetarian "peking duck," simply out of curiosity as what one would use to substitute the duck. The skin of the "peking duck" was fine (I can't remember what they used), but the "flesh" part simply comprised of a soft bread. It was a bit strange. Definitely nowhere near the appearance or taste of genuine peking duck.
Just wanted to see if anyone else had any experiences and/or recommendations with food or restaurants that adequately prepares dishes that imitate meat.
I realize that some, if not most, vegetarians do not want dishes that resemble or taste like meat, but the meat substitution concept is still quite intriguing.
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