At launch, we 'scrambled' to get our hands on it, and our review is now complete. This US import hasn't hit UK shelves yet, but we couldn't resist paying the shipping fees to try this stuff out. Read on to find out if it's worth placing the order yourself:
VeganEgg arrives in quite a crowded egg replacer market, but it does have a very unique selling point - it scrambles. The product has an unfamiliar set of ingredients to make that happen, being made of algal protein, cellulose and carrageenan.
The distinct packaging too, is also part of the buzz, but inside that recycled cardboard 'egg box', you'll find a familiar plastic bag...
Get yourself a bag clip to keep VeganEgg fresh, and to allow you to store it in the original funky box.
The 114g pack makes a dozen 'eggs', of around 10g each, although the volume of each egg is about double a chicken egg, once you add half a cup of water. You'll need to factor that into your egg substitution strategy.
The water needs to be 'ice cold' or at least fridge cold (not sure why, but probably helps it whisk smoothly).
It does whisk really easily, unlike The Vegg products which require blending (a pain when you only want one serving).
The texture is quite like beaten eggs when whisked, like a thin custard. Subtle changes in the amount of water added make it thick or thin quite easily, so be careful with your measures. Do season well with salt and pepper at this stage.
The instructions for scrambling say pour into a hot pan and stir IMMEDIATELY, and they do mean immediately. It sets instantly and you have to scramble it very quickly to avoid making an omelette.
Despite the quick set, you do have to cook it for 6 or 7 minutes to avoid the texture being too soft, but the amazing thing is, it doesn't really burn.. you can kind of just shuffle it every minute or two. (If you add anything other than water, e.g. rice milk, it burns pretty quickly...we tried it so you don't have to...)
This really is uncannily like scrambled egg (says a vegan who hasn't eaten eggs for 24 years...), or at least as close as you'd want to get. The texture is great, although the eggy smell of the powder is quickly lost when cooked, and the scramble is quite blandly flavoured (see note above about seasoning before whisking)
If you do allow the scramble to brown in the pan, you can add plenty of flavour that way too. Scrambled VeganEgg makes a great addition to a full English breakfast (a fry up).
If you choose not to scramble, you'll get something between an omelette and an eggy pancake, but do allow it to cook through.
VeganEgg has lots of potential for baking, but the most exciting is the ability to make a quiche. We adapted an old Mary Berry recipe for Quiche Lorraine, subbing the bacon for Taifun smoked tofu, the gruyere for Vegusto and the cream for Alpro.
This quiche was amazing, but perhaps the crispy fried tofu and tasty melty cheese had as much to do with that as the VeganEgg. What the VeganEgg does though is make it all really easy - we just whisked the soya cream into the egg mix and poured it into the quiche. It sets really well.
Served with a another Follow Your Heart product (review soon), a blue cheese dressing on some salad, we couldn't be happier.
Next up was back to the frying pan to make a sausage and egg muffin. A couple of egg rings help to keep the egg and the sosmix neat, although we overdid it with the height of these two...
...Resulting in very chunky egg and sausage patties. Again though, you can see that the VeganEgg doesn't stick to the pan or burn, even if you leave it to cook through for 10 minutes.
Add a toasted English muffin, a slice of Violife cheese (plus a squirt of ketchup), and you've got a rather tasty breakfast sandwich. Aim to make yours a bit thinner though..
That's it, we're out of VeganEgg, and we'll have to wait until it arrives in the UK to make all these things again. VeganEgg is a great addition to the shelves of the vegan grocery store. It's probably not something to give to your non-vegan friends, but if you're a vegan who misses that eggy texture, it will definitely please. The eggy flavour is a little too subtle once cooked, but you could always add some more black salt (kala namak), if you can find it in the UK.
We bought our VeganEgg from Food Fight Grocery, who ship to the UK, although it's so popular they keep running out of stock!
Veganoo Score: ★★★★★
Follow Your Heart - VeganEgg
Follow Your Heart - VeganEgg
The Good: Scrambles before your eyes
The Not-so-Good: Needs seasoning well to add flavour
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