Vegetarian bacon is a food eaten by people who do not wish to consume pork. Sometimes called fakon, this food resembles strips of regular bacon. It is usually made from soy, eggs, and wheat products. This bacon alternative is normally found frozen, and does not need to be thawed before it is cooked.
Fakon much resembles traditional pork bacon in shape and color. Some brands may contain food coloring in order to make this product nearly the same color. The texture of vegetarian bacon may be more like turkey bacon than that made from pork. There is usually very little fat on a strip of this bacon alternative.
People can cook vegetarian bacon in a skillet under low or medium heat. Additional oil or cooking spray does not need to be added to the skillet. Fakon can also be placed on a bacon rack and cooked in a microwave on high setting. This food is usually not greasy when it is cooked, and therefore does not need to be drained on paper towels.
Fakon should not be allowed to thaw before it is cooked. Care should be taken to heat this product to an internal temperature of around 165° F (73.89° C). Overcooking is not recommended, as this bacon alternative could become too dry or brittle to enjoy.
This vegetarian cuisine can be eaten along with scrambled eggs for a healthy breakfast. It might also be used on sandwiches. Fakon could also be crumbled and put in casseroles, soups, or on salads. Many people prefer to eat this bacon alternative as an evening snack.
Soybeans are one of the main ingredients in vegetarian bacon. Other products used to make this vegetarian cuisine include eggs, wheat, cornstarch, yeast, and sugar. For this reason, people who are allergic to any of these products should forgo eating this bacon alternative.
Each serving of vegetarian bacon is around 60 calories. Like regular bacon, these strips also contain a great deal of sodium. Vitamins such as B1, B6 and B2 might be added to give fakon extra nutritional value.
Fakon can be purchased in the frozen food section of a supermarket. It normally comes in packages that are around 5.25 ounces (150 g), and contain approximately 10 to 12 strips of vegetarian bacon. There are many brands available, so finding the best one can be a matter of trying several until an individual finds one to suit him.