This month the long anticipated Vivera vegan steak and plant based ‘meats’ ranges hit the shelves in lots of Tesco stores.
You’ll know from my review of the Iceland No Bull Burgers that I’m not necessarily looking to ‘replace’ meat in my diet as such, but if there’s a tasty new vegan product flying around, I’m keen to get involved.
The first thing to say is that it took me a while to be able to get my hands on the Vivera range, especially the steaks – every time I’ve been in to Tesco they’ve been sold out! But this bank holiday, while everyone was on their way to the beach, I nipped out to my local shop first thing in the morning to track them down!
All of the Vivera range cost £2.99 for a pack of two [making it way cheaper than beef steak] and even come on a vacuum packed tray like their beef counterparts! There’s more about the brand and their ranges here.
They definitely look like the real deal! The instructions say to cook for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through. I treated mine the same as a meat steak; rubbed with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli flakes. I will admit I purposely overcooked mine as I was worried they might have the same loose texture as the No Bull Burgers.
The texture of the Vivera vegan steak is very similar to a medium cooked beef sirloin/rump. Scarily similar.. too similar? They also look very convincing! That said, I was a little unsure of the flavour – it had a slight seitan-esque taste when eaten plain, which I’m not a huge fan of. BUT – I poured some of the leftover garlic ‘butter’ over the top and just that was enough to take the edge off the aftertaste.
I know there are lots of vegans and veggies out there that aren’t keen on the idea of eating things that are meant to replicate the texture and taste of meat, for obvious reasons, but I’m not really that fussed by it – so long as it’s plant based, I’m happy.
Overall – I did like these and would definitely buy them again, especially as they work out at £1.50 per ‘steak’. But next time, I’ll try a sauce and less cooking time to make the most of them!
I’m also looking forward to trying the ‘fish’ goujons in a fish finger sandwich this weekend – has anyone else tried the range? Let me know what you thought!