The king oyster mushroom, king trumpet or eryngii is the largest of the oyster mushroom genus and, unlike other oyster mushrooms, their stalks aren’t tough and woody to eat. Instead, they're hailed for their meaty texture and umami flavour. Native to the Mediterranean, they are perhaps most commonly used in Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Lion's Mane mushroom is a wonderful culinary ingredient, and some compare its flavor to that of lobster or shrimp. For vegans and culinary adventurists, it makes a great meat substitute or a vegan seafood. Nutritionists affirm there are potential healing capabilities of lion's mane mushroom. It's a great nutritional source of antioxidants and high in protein.
Konjac is a root vegetable that resembles an unusually-shaped potato. It’s available in a jelly form – a vegan gelatin or a thick drink often referred to as konjac jelly. It's also used as a thickener or emulsifier in some foods, or it can be dried and used as flour for noodles.
Shiitake Mushroom is the most widely known of all the oriental mushrooms. They have a firm, meaty texture and they are prized for their rich, savory taste and diverse health benefits. Compounds in shiitake may help fight cancer, boost immunity, and support heart health.
Soy protein chunk is processed from edamame beans. It is good meat alternative because of its meaty and chewy texture. Many vegans consider it to be their all-time favourite. It is believed to be rich in essential amino acids and can bring down cholesterol levels. It is also rich in fibre, plant-derived compounds, iron, calcium and magnesium and some amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
Nameko Mushroom is a small, amber-brown mushroom with a slightly gelatinous coating that is used as an ingredient in soup. It is one of Japan's most popular cultivated mushrooms, tastes slightly nutty and is often used in stir-fries or soup.
Wild hazel mushroom, with scientific name of Armillaria mellea, is one of peculiar delicacies of Northeast China. Grown in the thickly forested mountains with fertile soil the mushrooms are not contaminated and are indeed green food with rich nutrients. They are normally sold dried and can be used in soup and stir-fries.
Okra can be used as a direct diabetes treatment. However, the okra plant does have many proven health benefits.
Dried pea crisps or Gang Lang crisps are 100% made from peas. However, once it's fried, it tastes much like prawn crackers. It is totally vegan.