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Vietnamese mock duck?

Tony Miller | Dec 24, 2006 09:51 AM

I used to live in Minneapolis, which has a huge Vietnamese population. In many of the reasonably-priced Vietnamese restaurants there, there are several dishes built around "mock duck" which I think is wheat gluten. These dishes typically involve a spicy brown sauce, maybe with onions and chopped peanuts, sometimes curry.

Whenever I have asked about mock duck in an LA Vietnamese restaurant, I get blank stares. It never occurred to me that this stuff might be regional, or vegetarian, or...

I miss this food. Can anybody shed any light on this stuff, as in "it's South Vietnamese vegetarian gluten blended with tofu" or whatever, and/or any recommendations about restaurants that serve it? I've read the threads about Asian fake meat, but didn't see this specific item.

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