Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jackfruit is the new Meat Replacer!....Vegan Jackfruit Pork Moo Shu!

What the heck is jackfruit, you say?  I had no clue either until Ryan saw it on the menu at Native Foods Cafe (if you haven't gone, you must!)

 It is native to south and southeast Asia and has a very mild taste, which is why you can transform it into really, whatever you like.  It also shreds like pork or chicken to it has a perfect consistency for vegan pulled pork sandwiches, chicken salad or pork moo shu!

According to Philly.com, it is a "versatile, chewy tabula rasa for spices, it can be used in curries but also in sloppy joes. Known as "vegetable meat" in multiple languages, it's now showing
 up in blogs, cookbooks and even local menus serving just that purpose. And it has a "natural" advantage over processed meat substitutes: It's low in fat, calories and sodium, and high in vitamin C. (It is, of course, lower in protein - about 3 grams per cup.)"

So, where can you find this?  It is not the easiest to find.  You can either purchase it in a can or if you are lucky, buy it fresh.  Though, it is pretty annoying to cut it up, so I suggest the canned version.  Your best bet is to try Asian markets.  I found it in China town.

I was so excited that we actually found it!  Anyway, because we were in Chinatown, why not make a Vegan Jackfruit Pork Moo Shu?  So we stocked up on all those yummy Asian veggies, went home and went to work in the kitchen!

                                                            Jackfruit Pork Moo Shu
1 can jackfruit drain (make sure it is NOT in syrup!)
bok choy (wash and cut, using both white part and leaf)
woodear mushrooms
brean sprouts
1/2 can bamboo shoots dranined
green onion sliced
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
sesame oil

3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce) 
1 tbsp plum sauce
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced ginger

8-10 moo shu pancakes (I found them frozen in the Asian Market)

Drain jackfruit and pull apart. Set aside.  Combine all ingredients for sauce and mix thoroughly.  Take half of your sauce and cover jackfruit pork in it.  Place in refrigerate and marinade for about 20-30 min.
In meantime, heat sesame oil and saute garlic, ginger and the white parts of the bamboo for about 4 minutes.  Add in the remaining veggies and continue to saute.  Add in enough sauce to cover the veggies and add in marinated jackfruit pork.  Adjust seasoning if need be.

Place your mixture in bowl and serve with your pancakes.  Use any left over sauce if you desire!


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