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Pork substitute

Having just returned from Vietnam, I now drool over Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking. The problem is I don't eat pork and there are a lot of pork recipes in there (and in Vietnamese cuisine in general). What would be a good substitute for pork in all its forms? I have sometimes substituted minced chicken when a recipe calls for minced pork. But other than that I'm pretty much clueless. What kind of meat should I use instead of pork ribs? Or pork shoulders, pork neck, pork belly, and even bacon, texture-wise and flavour-wise? Thanks!

asked by sel et poivre almost 3 years ago
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added almost 3 years ago

How about veal? While I don't know if there's an exact substitute for bacon (turkey bacon is just not the same!), a couple of months ago, we braised some veal breast at work, then pressed while it chilled. After slicing it and giving it a sear, it had a similar meat-to-fat ratio that pork belly does, and just as delicious. I haven't had much veal other than that (and ground), but I imagine veal would be the way to go if you want to something akin to pork's mild and sweet flavor.

added almost 3 years ago

Smoked duck and duck fat were used as kosher alternatives to bacon in northern Italy.


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added almost 3 years ago

D'Artagnan is making some incredible duck bacon. Now that's far from the oxymoron that "turkey bacon" is...


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added almost 3 years ago

I have substituted ground veal for ground pork in Chinese recipes, for example, Ants on a Tree. Grow and Behold offer kosher organic beef bacon (not exactly the same though; it's not smokey and is seasoned with celery salt).


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added almost 3 years ago

Fatty short ribs would be another possibility.

added almost 3 years ago

Thanks everyone for your answers. I will look out for those meaty goodies whenever I have a pork recipe on my mind!