Yesterday, as I was just walking down the vegan cheese section at my local Whole Foods, minding my own business and all, I was stopped by this new packaging that I haven't seen before. Field Roast has come out with a cheese alternative. Could this make my quesadillas even more cheesy? Could this change vegan pizzas?? Could I possibly make myself some grilled cheese!?!? My food loving self was just thinking of the possibilities.
Well, let me start out by telling you what this stuff even is; It's called Vegan Chao and according to the package, it's a vegan cheese alternative made of coconut oil and fermented chao tofu. It brings you a fusion of Asian and European heritages. They come in a few different flavors, including the Tomato Cayenne that I picked up. Also, my Whole Foods sells it for $5.99. ( a little much for 10 slices.....but the taste of this stuff makes my broke college student self forget about that)
Here's what I think- HOLY MOLY this stuff is great. I figured that since Field Roast makes it, it would be pretty good since I love their meat alternatives, but I didn't think that it would be this close to tasting like cheese. The stuff melts fairly well, I decided to make myself a grilled cheese and eventually got frustrated with the bread burning, since the cheese wasn't melting. I had to microwave the grilled cheese before I fried it for at least 20 seconds, but it's not a big deal. The texture is great, heated or not. I've tried almost every cheese alternative there is and this one takes the cake. I give it a 9/10. Good job, Field Roast! And great job you Greek and Taiwanese geniuses!
Now excuse me as I go back to eating this grilled cheese (I added some tomato and tempeh bacon in there) and run back to whole foods for some more!