Vegan kiprestaurant in London swings doors open

In Hackney can vegetarians and vegans from now on also fried chicken meal. At least, the meat-free version made of seitan.

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Right next to a butcher, opened a Temple or Seitan in the East London borough of Hackney the doors. It is a completely vegan “chicken shop”. The owners saw a gap in the market and filled it with delicious seitangerechten, reminiscent of chicken dishes.

Seitan is a high protein vegetarian product made from wheat gluten. It has a fiber structure which is similar to meat and a savory taste. Seitan has a long history and has been for hundreds of years, eaten in countries such as Japan and China. There is also a gluten-free version, which spelt instead of wheat flour. In this case, the seitan flavored with soy and spices to the taste of chicken to mimic.

Gap in the market

During the opening weekend, it became clear that the London locals were waiting at a restaurant such as the Temple or Seitan. Vegans and curious passers-by sat down to dine together in long rows to the ‘chicken dishes’ to the test. On social media got Temple or Seitan wildly enthusiastic responses.

Went to the launch party or Temple or Hackney last night.London’s first vegan fried chick’n shop. Incredible! Opens tomorrow! @templeofseitan

— Luke Poulton (@veganluke) January 13, 2017

Rebecca McGuinness, one of the owners, explains to Mashable that this restaurant opened because they like fried chicken at for them ten years ago, completely vegan. “We discovered that seitan a similar taste and texture can be obtained. It is a misconception that all vegans the taste of meat hate. Most vegans choose this lifestyle because they are against animal suffering, the environment want to save and be healthy want to eat’, it sounds. The owners started with Temple or Seitan as a pop-up and food truck. Because there is so much demand for their vegan chicken, they opened their own business.

Address: Morning Lane 10, Hackney E9 6S

A photo posted by Temple or Seitan (@templeofseitan) on 24 Dec 2016 to 5:30 PST


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