Instead of calling it Vegan Pulled Pork, we should actually call it 100% PLANT-BASED PULLED PORK I think. Isn't it crazy that you can take the peel of a banana, a torn apart king oyster mushroom or pieces of a young jackfruit and turn them into amazing plant dishes that look just like real meat or chicken? I honestly couldn't believe my eyes nor my taste buds the first time I tried "Barbecue-flavored banana peel pulled pork", "Asian-marinated king oyster mushroom pulled pork" and "jackfruit pulled pork in a spicy jalapeño salsa".
Sound like something you'd love to try? I promise, you will never forget this plant food experience!
Well this is all on you. You decide if you would like to go for King Oyster Mushrooms, Jackfruit, be courageous and try banana peels or try all of them at once. In the recipes below, I share three completely different options to show that basically everything is possible. You will find a recipe for
- Young Jackfruit Pulled Pork in a spicy Mexican Jalapeño Salsa
- Asian-marinated King Oyster Mushroom Pulled Pork
- American Barbecue-Flavored Banana Peel Pulled Pork
I suggest: Use these different "marinate" options as inspiration to get creative and swap them around however you like. Jackfruit, king oyster mushrooms and the banana peel have a pretty "neutral flavor". Imagine them like tofu. The marinate is what makes them shine.
I am pretty sure that not only Jackfruit tastes pretty amazing with a Mexican Jalanpeño salsa, but also the King Oyster mushrooms. And if you happen to only have Indian spices at home, take the recipes below as a starting point and go and experiment with the Indian flavors. This is next on my cooking agenda as well :)
One question I get asked regularly when I speak about my Vegan Pulled Pork experiments: "Karo, so which one is the best?" - My answer: Clearly depends on your preferences and taste buds. In my opinion, all of them are deliciously unique in their own way and I normally serve all variants on big taco fiestas - which hopefully will happen soon again (post COVID).
Next question: How should you serve the Vegan Pulled Pork? - I personally love to prep them as a taco filling. Though, they also taste wonderful on top of a delicious lunch sandwich or as a side to any sort of grain, pasta, wholegrain rice and co.
In the image below, I used a wholegrain slice of bread, topped it with fresh and seasonal purslane, barbecue banana peel
Being a plant-lover at heart, I truly believe homemade plant-based meat alternatives can definitely compete with real high-quality meat IF - and this is of utmost importance - they are made with high-quality ingredients full of original flavor. Please, forget about the highly processed meat alternatives you can find in the supermarket. They are a completely different category. Just like high-quality meat needs its preparation time to shine on your dinner table, veggies do as well. Therefore: If you go plant-based, use high quality ingredients, work from scratch with and I promise, you can make plant magic happen.
Except of the special Mexican pickled Jalapeños, the recipes below don't include any special ingredients and you should be able to find them in a "regular or organic supermarket". The Jalapeños though are a bit more challenging. I ordered these online from a MexicanStore called MexGrocer. I used to cook with these Jalapeños in Mexico and simply haven't found any other European brand that is able to make pickled Jalapeños shine as the original Mexican manufacturers do. But I'll keep you posted. Of course, I'm also working on my DIY version. :)
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I hope you enjoyed this little read into the world of plant cuisine. Like always, I would love to see your delicious plant-rich creations and repost it on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to the recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form.
Love & Plants, Karo