These frozen vegetarian products may be bought at different places in Manila. But the ones I have here were bought at 3 different stores in Binondo (click to open map): Happy Veggie Health Food, Quan Yin Chay Vegetarian Food Garden, and Tung Fang Vegetarian Food Supplies Company.
If you want to see their grocery racks, click on the buttons below to go to other bloggers' review of these shops.
If you're in Japan, you may opt for this vegetarian food store in Kyoto instead.
Vege-Smoked Meat, or as I call it, "vege-salami", has been an all time favorite at home. It's flavor is more on the light side than on the strong.
Here in Japan, I've used it to wrap beans and other vegetables but I usually use it for bibimbap. Because of its lightly sweet, nicely-textured sheets, my husband just enjoys his bibimbap whenever I stir-fry this until quite crunchy.
Back in the Philippines, I've used this in soup, sandwich, spaghetti sauce, with other vegetables, and all other things I can think of like eye patch or mouse pad. Uhm.. let's pretend the last part was some sort of typo error.
Vege-salamis are flat brownish pink squares with big exciting dots of black pepper. One pack I think comes with 24 salami sheets and is sold at around Php 240.oo.
Vegetarian Fish Ham, according to the packaging, are pre-cut oval blocks in nori-wrapped fish-flavor imitation. Ingredients are: wheat fiber, wheat protein, soy bean protein, soybean oil, soy sauce, ginger, seaweed, salt, sugar, yeast paste, vegetarian flavor and white pepper. You may be wondering what 'vegetarian flavor' there means. I also do not know. I just want to trust that the manufacturer are not fooling with all of us vegetarians (and trying to be's) and that they didn't specify the ingredients of the vegetarian flavor for the sake of protecting their business' secret recipe.
Veggie Codfish Fillet is made up of textured wheat protein, soy oil, water, wheat protein, bread crumb, laver, flavor. Here goes another possible source of dispute, 'flavor'. But let's just get over it and believe that all of these companies are using 100% vegetarian food flavors, as it claimed on its packaging. ^_~
I've used this many times, years ago, as delicious sarciado, or just fried and dipped in ketchup; but recently I'm not very fond of it. Maybe my tongue's just turning Japanese or I just don't cook it well recently. This was my top favorite not only because I loved sarciado, but also because for just around Php 180.oo, you get an 8-piece fillet pack.
I'm not sure how to read their company, but it goes something like: Taichu Jitsugyou Kabushiki Gaisha (大中実業株式会社). Their store is located near Kyoto Station, about 15-minute walk. I'm not sure but I think they ship products to other parts of Japan (you can call them to make sure). They have different products-- from frozen vegetarian products (like soy ham) to textured vegetable proteins (TVP), to vegetarian seasonings et cetera.
You can check out some of their products shown in the pictures below. But that's not all they have. I didn't have time when I went there but I really wanted to take pictures of their products for my blog (because they haven't created their website yet). Just click on the picture to see the whole photo.
If you want to buy or ask about their products, you can contact them at 075-671-6022 or fax at 075-671-4531.
If you want to go to their store, the address is written on the picture on the right. I'm sorry I can't translate it for you-- I don't understand it very well. ^^;