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Oct 7, 2013 01:35 AM

Where in LA to find veg/vegan fake "meat?"

I used to make my occasional trek out to Monterey Park, to buy packages of fake meats. They came in various sizes and shapes. Made by (1) vegeUSA and (2) Homemark (imported from Taiwan.

No problems for years . . . they went perfectly into spaghetti sauces, stews, curries, etc. Yum. But yesterday, my usual market (99 Ranch) had stopped carrying all similar products! Same with the second market I tried.

Any suggestions on where to go? Google was not my friend in this search, alas. A market in or around the Westside of LA would be ideal, but going out as far as MP, Monrovia, etc would be no problem . . . I'll just buy 6 months' worth at a time, to make such a long trip worthwhile.

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    1. Have you checked with Erewhon? or Follow Your Heart out in the SFV?

      1. Whole Foods as lots of Yves brand and Lite Life as well as others. Field Roast, ai think, and Tfurkey come to mind. Is that what you're looking for? I mean, like Veg groubd beef, veg cold cuts, veggie dogs etc?

        I saw Erewhon mentioned... But they don't have the selection they once had.

        Don't forget, lots of markets carry Morningstar which s pretty good, albeit a bit pricey.

        1. Check out Vinh Loi on Sherman way & Reseda. Vegan Vietnamese cafe with homemade tofu etc.

          1. Trader Joe's carries some pretty good fake chicken and beef. Its in the produce section along with tofu.

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            1. re: ebethsdad

              far better than the Trader Joe's stuff is the Gardein stuff sold at regular grocery stores in the frozen food section and at whole foods.

              i believe that both the TJ and Gardein stuff is probably made by the same company but one tastes MUCH better than the other.

              also, costco was selling some Gardein stuff, but even though the PACKAGING looked the same as the Gardein sold in other places, the PRODUCT in the package was very different (go figure). SKIP the costco product entirely..