Seitan rejected my soul
I love a good piece of meat… fake, that is and fake meat rarely comes better than a chunky slab of seitan. Seitan is a meat substitute made of wheat gluten originating from China and it is particularly chewy. It is perfect for cooking with sauces and marinades as it sucks up liquid and flavours expertly.
I don’t see a lot of quality seitan in the UK so it was with immense delight that I watched Josh produce a jar of the good stuff from his grocery bag recently. Lima seitan is a quality wheat meat that is easy to carve and is barely flavoured, making it perfect to absorb any sauce you throw at it.
It doesn’t appear to be available in many stores but the Lima website does have a list of suppliers and retail outlets. It is apparently available in countries as far spread as the Czech Republic, Bahrain, Croatia, Spain, Israel, Slovenia and Iceland. Their availability reads like the Eurovision finalist list! We didn’t have to travel that far to nab our jar as Josh made his purchase in Alara Health Store located on Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury.
So what did I make with this wonder product?
I sliced our jar of Lima seitan into random chunks and added it to a fabulous spicy stew. This dish was a savoury overload featuring tomatoes, garlic, shoyu, potato and brown rice all flavoured with chipotle powder. The seitan was succulent, juicy and perfect.
Check out the photos below and please comment with your favourite seitan brands and recipes.
nice title! I think I’ve seen this stuff in the macrobiotic store in Forest Row and Infinity in Brighton.
I think Infinity is listed on their website as a stockist. That is a cool store.
I’ve used yourveganmom’s recipe with magic tofu sauce, that’s pretty good. But I’ve never had seitan produced from anyone else so I don’t know what it’s ‘supposed’ to be like. I shall have to look out for this. x
I love seitan, but can’t believe it’s so hard to find here in London! Lima is the only brand I could buy sometimes at Whole Foods, and it’s actually very good.
They have it at planet organic, muswell hill, and at The Haelen Centre, Crouch End amongst other places, but it’s about £5 a jar so haven’t bought it
Sorry, I think the Lima Foods jarred seitan is not that good. Certainly it cannot compare to good seitan made at home from vital wheat gluten flour. This is really easy. Just mix the VWG with a small quantity of chickpea four, some onion powder, garlic powder and nutritional yeast and combine these dry ingredients with a liquid made from water and soy sauce/tamari. You can add a little vegetable oil for richness. Slightly different flavours are possible if you add liquid smoke or tomato ketchup. You can make roasts, “steaks”, burgers, sausages, etc, and they are all DELICIOUS!
For my money, the very best commercially produced seitan products are from “Vegusto”.(they also do the very best and most “authentic”-tasting vegan cheese). “Wheaty” from Germany and “Redwood Foods” are also good. I can also get some American products here in London at SSOV in Kings’ Cross. Anything by “Field Roast” is particularly good.
The chipotle stew looks gorgeous – any chance you would share the recipe?
I don’t have a recipe, sorry. I just make it up each time I do it!