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Being vegan can be tough, always having to explain your choice, having to pay extra for your almond milk when you grab a cup of joe, needing an entire encyclopedia to decipher ingredients like 'thiamine mononitrate' and 'monocalcium phosphate' before you can buy a bag of cookies. Not to mention that one guy in the office that floods the entire building with the aroma of his lunch — there's nothing like a whiff of good old junk food to get those cravings going. Sometimes, vegan or not, we just need a little pick-me-up in the form of massive amounts of carbohydrates and deep-fried goodness. To make your life easier, we've compiled a list of the best vegan cheats. 
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Burgers

There are many vegan burger patties available in South Africa. However, not all of them satisfy those meat cravings. Luckily, Beyond Meat, the burger patty that has long been regarded as the best meat substitute burger patty overseas is now available in South Africa. Beyond Meat prides themselves on their burger patty that “looks, cooks and satisfies like beef”. So if you’re looking for a burger that packs a meaty punch without actually eating meat, this is the brand for you.
You can get Beyond Meat online at Pink Piggy, or at Jackson’s Real Food Market.

Burger

Fried ‘Chicken’

If crispy, deep-fried wholesomeness with a slight hint of paprika, onion, sage and eight other herbs and spices is what you’re craving, then you need to know about Vegeata. They are a catering company with a food stand at various vegan markets. Gemma, the owner and chef, will delight you with her mock fried chicken wings — these crispy morsels look so much like the real thing, you’ll be hesitant to try them but they’re worth it. Vegeata also produces vegan gourmet doughnuts that are stuffed and topped with yummy deliciousness, as well as delectable bao buns, nachos and beautiful custom cakes — all of which are vegan.
Find out more about Vegeata here.

Kala Namak

Kala namak or Indian black salt is a salt that, despite its name, is actually pink or grey. This salt contains minerals like sulphur, which gives it a distinctive flavour that differs from other types of salt. The sulphur in the salt makes it taste like egg, making it the perfect seasoning on mash potato mixed with a bit of food colouring or turmeric for a mock egg when you’re craving that English breakfast. You can also sprinkle some on fried rice and tofu for ‘egg fried rice’.
You can find kala namak online at Faithful to Nature.

Kala Namak

Vegan Biltong

Being South African, biltong is likely to be one of your cravings sooner or later. Luckily, we know of two awesome brands of delicious vegan biltong, Oh Poppyseed and Herbi Vohr. Both of these brands make their products out of seiten — a textured meat alternative made from wheat protein. Oh Poppyseed specialises in a variety of biltong and droëwors with the added benefits of being high in protein, having zero cholesterol, while 10% of proceeds go to animal rights. Herbi Vohr has a wide range of vegan deli items such as bacon, pepperoni, pastrami and, of course, biltong. Their spicy biltong has just enough spices and flavouring to fool your senses into believing it’s the real thing.
You can find Oh Poppyseed  Biltong at their online store.
Herbi Vohr  products are available at various Spar outlets, Jackson’s Real Food Market and Pink Piggy.

Ice Cream

On a hot summer’s (or winter’s for some of us) day, the thing you miss most from the omnivore diet is ice cream! Unfortunately, vegan ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet can be extremely difficult to find. But, we’ve got you covered. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy that creamy goodness thanks to Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream. Paul’s is well known for their wide varieties of ice cream and sorbet available in regular, Banting, health and vegan. Their rich dark chocolate vegan ice cream is definitely a must-try.
Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream has several locations across Joburg where you can purchase it by scoop or tubs to go. They also have ice cream bars at selected Spar stores.

vegan ice cream

Being vegan isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be. With these cheats and treats, you can still enjoy all the best things about food while maintaining your awesome vegan superpowers.

 

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