Vegan halloumi for the UK
If I had a pound for every time someone told me they would be vegan except they love halloumi too much, I’d be writing this blog post on a gold plated keyboard.
Well, get ready to see a whole bunch of non-vegans make the switch because Violife is about to launch a vegan halloumi into the UK market.
I was able to snap up a pack of this new cheese from the Violife stand at the recent Just V Show in London where I was told it will be available via Sainsbury’s stores in mid-August.
We have tried frying the cheese in a pan and it was extremely tasty. I have never tasted halloumi made from animal milk in my life so I am unable to tell you how this compares. That said, I would definitely buy this vegan version and can’t wait to try it in a melted cheese sandwich.
How excited are you about vegan halloumi?
London Vegan Beer Fest this Saturday July 15
Sheffield Vegan Beer Fest July 29
Oh my, you just changed my life FGV!
It’s out now! Looks like indie shops have got a head start over the supernarkets for once 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/TheIncredibleNutshell/photos/a.198466323622353.50446.195843943884591/1067567676712209/?type=3&theater
Does it squeak? An authentic taste is achievable with tofu, but I’ve never tried any that squeaks like real halloumi when you eat it, so the texture is key.
My main concern about all these substitute foods is nutritional value. Very little info is ever given about how they compare nutritionally to the real thing. Commercially produced vegan cheeses are generally starch based and contain very little protein. Also no Vitamin D, B12 etc unless added. I would like to see these vegan cheeses fortified with vitamins and minerals a bit more, otherwise there is a danger of people using them as a substitute and being fooled into thinking they are getting the same nutrition when they are not.