December 2, 2011

Yves Veggie Tuna Steak in Sesame Ginger Sauce

Okay, time for some more veggie seafood. You all ready? It's another Yves product: Yves Veggie Tuna Steak in Sesame Ginger Sauce. Once again, I apologize for Yves and their insistence in using Facebook instead of updating their website with actual information. I assure you, there's a post on there somewhere about this product, but it's just a picture with comments.

I complained about the shape of the box when I reviewed the Veggie Shrimp, so I'm not going to get into it - just know that it is stupid.

Before I discuss the cooking experience, I want to touch on the aesthetics for a second. I assume they were going for an ultra-realistic appearance with the "skin" sort of thing, but it looked really creepy. Sort of iridescent green-black, and I found myself wishing it weren't there. Who leaves skin on their tuna steak, anyway? I just did a google image search for tuna steak - four pages in, no steaks with skin on them. Just skip it, Yves. Looks better without it.

So, the first thing I did with these was to heat some oil in a small skillet, as directed. I don't remember how long it said to cook these, but they browned SUPER fast. Way faster than the directions said they would, but as I've learned before, sometimes I cook things over a too-high flame, probably due to my impatience. So, once these were evenly browned on all sides, I poured the sauce over them. Now, I must stress this: BE CAREFUL when doing this. There is a lot of water in this sauce, and when you mix it with even the small amount of hot oil in the skillet, it splatters EVERYWHERE. I ended up throwing a lid on the pan just so that I didn't get splashed with piping hot sesame-ginger sauce. So yeah - just… be careful with it.

Now for the tasting. Before I dumped the sauce over everything, I pulled out one of the strips of fake tuna, just to get an idea of what we were working with before I drenched it in sauce. It didn't have a very fishy taste - it was pretty mild. It did get fishier-tasting as it sat a few minutes after cooking, so if you're looking for that, you might want to wait a few minutes before eating it. The texture was pretty weird. The best way I can describe it was sort of like bread pudding. It was a little spongy and squishy, but not in a chewy way. It was very soft, and almost dissolved in my mouth. This wasn't an awful experience, but if you prefer your fake meat to be a little more toothsome, this might not be for you.

As for the sauce, it was okay. I don't really like sesame or ginger, so the combo wasn't terribly appealing to me, but it blended well with the fake tuna, so I guess that's good. I also might have been slightly bitter about the fact that my kitchen was coated in it.

The experience:
Texture - spongy and soft - very delicate
Flavor - slightly fishy right out of the pan, more so later

Final grade for this attempt: C+

12 comments:

  1. Just a note. Somewhere on the back of the box, where the nutrition info is, you will find a statement of whether the product has nuts or dairy in it. It is a new-ish requirement, and also the easiest way to find out if something is vegan if it doesn't state it out right. Hope that helps. BTW, I have been following you unofficially for some time and I adore your blog! I have a link to you on my blog: http://makingsnmusings.blogspot.com Hope that's okay with you!

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  2. Yeah - that's what I usually use, but I forgot to check before I threw out the box.

    Thanks for the link!

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  3. The tuna steaks with sauce are not vegetarian. In the ingredients list is whey (derived from milk) and below the ingredients it says,

    Contains: Milk, Egg, Soy, Wheat.

    It doesn't say "may contain," which is usually the case if they're talking about trace amounts from processing contamination. I called their customer service and they were unable to tell me if the whey was in the steaks or the sauce (I was hoping to salvage something). They also told me that their definition of vegetarian was simply not eating meat, and thought that vegan meant not eating anything from animal sources, which is lame for a company trying to sell to vegetarians.

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    1. JamesT - it IS vegetarian. However, it is not vegan. I believe you are confusing the two. Vegetarians eat dairy and eggs, Vegans do not. So if it has whey in it or not would not concern a vegetarian, it would matter to a VEGAN. Sounds like the company gave you the correct information.

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    2. JamesT is probably going on the past meaning of "vegetarian" which is "eats vegetation". Only vegetation. In the past, if you ate dairy and eggs, you would correctly be an ovo-lacto-vegetarian. I don't believe JamesT is confusing vegetarian and vegan. Vegans not only eat vegetarian (true vegetarian, only vegetation), they also do not wear or use products made from animals. Just because the masses decided to call themselves vegetarian and then eat dairy and eggs (which hurts animals just as bad or worse than eating flesh) doesn't mean it is true. I am a vegetarian, eating only vegetation, and yet because the word has been misappropriated, there is no word to describe me anymore. I know this is not your fault, you have simply been going on what the ovo-lacto-vegetarians have misrepresented for years. The company may have given the "correct" information according to the bastardization of the word, but they are also displaying their lack of education and compassion.

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  4. Thanks for the info, JamesT!

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  5. JamesT: That is the going definition among vegetarians and vegans, in America at least. Vegetarian is generally assumed to mean lacto-ovo vegetarian, while vegan is entirely free of animal products.

    I'm a dairy-free vegetarian, but I don't see the problem with it. The dairy-free distinction is in addition to my vegetarianism, not inherent in it.

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  6. These are horrid. I cooked these in the microwave, and it was the absolute worst experience, even worse than their "shrimp". Awful smells that lingered in the microwave for days, even after several cleanings. Just rank. It even made my pee smell bad.

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    1. Doesn't pee smell bad anyway? ..I mean, its not like I would like to sample your pee or anything, but what is it that you eat that makes your pee smell good? ..and why cook it in the microwave?

      I am fairly health conscious and as a result I am a vegetarian.
      I love the tuna steaks as well as Yves' shrimp substitutes..to me, they taste great with simple seasonings..and I often eat them with pasta or rice and vegetables.

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  7. Hi, I enjoy the taste of the "Tuna" dish. Not so much the sauce. I live in the Bend, Or. area and would like to know where I can purchase more. I currently purchase it at the Grocery Out Let Store in Bend, (when they have it in stock) but would like to purchase it more often. Thanks

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    1. I'd recommend contacting the company to find out where they're selling it in your area: http://www.yvesveggie.com/contact/index.php. Good luck!

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  8. Just tried this! My guess - which was confirmed by the package - is that the fake green skin is actually seaweed. In fact, the best part about the tuna is the backs with the "skin"; the seaweed toasts nicely on the skillet. I would probably give this a slightly higher review, although I have to admit that Yves seems to be better at making meat-like products than developing sauce. That's the worst part about it. I'd probably recommend ditching the sauce in favor of something else. If you do it with the sauce, though, you really need to eat it with rice (and 600+ calories is pretty hefty for a single meal).

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