Hail seitan – wheat meat and more in vegetarian restaurants in Leeds
Tofu is one of those ingredients that you always hear about when discussing vegetarian food, and when prepared correctly, it can be absolutely delicious. A lesser known meat-free protein that’s been making its way onto the plates of diners in Leeds’ vegetarian restaurants is seitan, also known as vital wheat gluten, a type of meat analog derived from wheat protein. Used as a base for vegetarian version of sausages, steaks, and chicken, seitan has a meaty texture that’s surprisingly realistic, that is, if you’re looking for a meaty texture. Thought to have been created in ancient China as a meat substitute for vegetarian Buddhist monks, seitan has finally made a name for itself in the Western world and is now available in various forms at supermarkets, health food stores, and many of the best vegetarian restaurants in Leeds. Some love seitan, some hate it – you’ll have to stop in at one of the many vegetarian restaurants around Leeds to judge for yourself.