Mock meats of Ottawa’s Chinatown, Part 2

From Yves Veggie Cuisine to Tofurky to Gardein to Sol to the offerings in the President’s Choice Blue Menu line, the variety of mock meats in supermarkets has exploded in recent years. Ottawa’s Chinatown is a fantastic resource for lovers of mock meats. This is the second in a series of posts to introduce readers to the treasures they can find in Chinatown and meals that can be made with them.

This time, we return to Phuoc Loi on Somerset to seek out a truly amazing invention, mushroom chicken.

These are two styles of packaging you might encounter. They have identical stuff inside.

[Update and a caution to vegans: Yesterday I noticed a sticker I had never seen before on a package of mushroom chicken: “ovo-vegetarian”. I phoned the distributor, Chialee, and they told me that there are two kinds of mushroom chicken, one containing egg and one not. The eggless ones should be stickered “vegan”.]

What can you do with it? 

You can take it out of the package, shake some salt onto it if you want, and eat it. Warning: it’s addictive! (Don’t thaw it in the microwave though. For some reason, that turns it gross.)

It’s great in stir-fries, of course. And it makes a good chicken salad, chopped up and mixed with celery and red onion and Vegenaise (although I prefer the President’s Choice mock chicken in chicken salad sandwiches).

A favourite cold-winter-day meal in our house is chicken soup made by following this soup recipe from VegWeb, minus the dumplings, plus mushroom chicken. Cut up the mock chicken, lightly brown it in a frying pan, and add to the soup just before serving.

The recipe I am going to highlight today, however, is one you can serve when you have friends over to watch sports. Yes, get ready for vegan chicken wings.


  • 1 bag of mushroom chicken
  • Your favourite barbecue sauce

Toss the mushroom chicken with barbecue sauce to coat it. Spread out the pieces on a baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes, or until the wings begin to blacken at the edges.

Vegan chicken wings before baking

A plate of vegan chicken wings

On a sad note, since my last post the sign on New 168 Market has changed from “Store Renovations” to “For Lease”. Phuoc Loi and New 168 Market have been my main sources of mock meats since I moved to Ottawa, so it’s a pity to see New 168 go. However, there are other nearby sources of these products. If you visit Montréal, drop by Paradis Végétarien Chi-Ming at 4381 Saint-Denis Street. They carry all these products, and some of them in bulk, so you can bring home extra for your friends. You can also order some of these products online from Viva Vegan. (They ship in insulated cold packs so that the mock meat stays good in the mail.)

7 thoughts on “Mock meats of Ottawa’s Chinatown, Part 2”

  1. Paradis Vegetarien is also coming to Veg Fest! I’ve never been in to Phuoc Loi and I didn’t realize it has mushroom chicken.

    Incidentally, today for lunch I had a mushroom chicken wrap… with hummus, red pepper, lettuce, avocado and carrots. It’s even good cold (but cook it first).


  2. The mushroom chicken is the same as nelakee?? Cause I only microwaved them… the key is not to overheat, maybe 30 sec? also not to layer them so they heat evenly…. then they are still hot and juicy soft rather than crunchy… I compare the texture change to microwaving a marshmallow as a kid…🙂

    1. It is very similar to Nelakee’s product, but I don’t know if it’s exactly the same. It’s sold by Chialee, which is actually just a block away from Nelakee in Scarborough!

  3. I would get the bulk bags from Paradis and pop them in the microwave and eat plain as a midday snack… don’t know why one would want to salt them…

    also really good served with cranberry sauce.🙂

  4. and when listing mock meat brands, don’t forget the best veggie burger in the world! Lick’s Nature Burgers.🙂 but maybe that is another post, a veggie burger post that includes KFC, Burger King and Harveys…. sooo lucky…

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