After living in Austria and Germany, I was delighted to see a vegan and vegetarian German brand, Viana (formerly known as Tofutown.com GmbH) at Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon. Viana makes tasty vegan meat alternatives, sausages to go, creamy spreads, and Soyatoo! vegan creams. I tried nearly all of them whilst living in Germany and Austria and it is very awesome to see these products in the U.S. All ingredients are non-GMO verified and USDA organic.
In this post, I am reviewing five Viana’s gourmet vegan meat alternatives:
• Smoked Veggie Frankfurters
• Veggie Gyros
• Cowgirl Veggie Steaks
• Veggie Turkish Roast
• Mediterrean Veggie Sausages
Founded in 1988 in Cologne, Viana is a traditional brand of the company Tofutown.com GmbH. Viana products use “wheat, soybeans and fresh organic vegetables into delicious meat alternatives, tofu products, soy and rice drinks and fine soy creams” (Viana Biography). These products are also found “throughout Europe and even in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and now in North America.”
There are about eight vegan meat alternatives so far: cowgirl veggie steaks, veggie bratwurst, veggie cevapcici, veggie Chickin fillets, veggie Chickin nuggets, veggie gyros, veggie Turkish roast (or döner kebap), and smoked veggie frankfurters.
Where to buy
They are available at Whole Foods Markets. For online stores, check out VeganEssentials.com and Pangea Vegan Store.
All Viana gourmet vegan meat alternatives should be refrigerated, plus they are GMO-free. Their packaging lacks details in instructions but they are pretty self-explanatory. All their vegan meat alternatives are already ready and prepared to fry, bake or barbecue because it has oil already. So don’t oil too much of that.
Viana Smoked Veggie Frankfurters
I grilled these smoked veggie frankfurters for about 5 minutes with cooking oil spray at medium. They taste smoky and delicious like savory sausages. They work very well with pasta dishes and alone as quick snacks.
This quick tasty recipe includes Victoria Vegan’s Original Vegan Alfredo Sauce, Viana’s Smoked Veggie Frankfurters and finally Parmela, grated parmesan cheese replacer and lastly any fresh noodles (Fettuccine is fine).
Tofu (soybeans, water, nigari), water, wheat protein, sunflower oil, tomato paste, spices, sea salt, raw cane sugar, garlic, yeast, locust bean gum, almond flour, celeriac, onion, mustard
5 pieces | Weight: 9.7 oz (275 g)
Viana Veggie Gyros
Viana’s Veggie Gyro meat has a very savory taste, and a bit salty which gyro meat should taste like. However, it is not as flavoured with spices & herbs as the veggie Turkish roast. When frying for several minutes until browned at some edges, the gyro meat broke into longer strip-like pieces rather than crumbles or “chopped meat.” They are easily chewable.
This dish consists of Viana‘s Veggie Gyros with vegan Tzatziki sauce, fresh salad of chopped Persian cucumbers, red cabbage, and red peppers seasoned with Crete extra-virgin olive oil, fresh dill, oregano, salt and white vinegar. They also go well with any pita bread or any favorite flatbread of yours.
Wheat protein, water, tofu (soybeans, water and nigari), sunflower oil, soy sauce (water, soybeans, salt and wheat), sea salt, spices, garlic, yeast, onion, celeriac, raw cane sugar, mustard, herbs, and citric acid.
Weight: 7.05 oz (200 g)
Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steaks
This is a very unique vegan meat alternative. I never had cowgirl veggie steaks in my life, even the non-vegan ones. The Cowgirl Veggie Steak took about 5 minutes to fry in the pan. It is best to leave it in the fridge before frying after being frozen. You do not need to add oil to the pan because the steak looks visibly ready to cook or grill. The texture wasn’t chewy, stringy, or tough. It falls apart easily and it is easy to slice. You don’t need to season the steak since it’s pre-seasoned, pre-oiled, and pre-ready for any quick meals. It’s well seasoned, full of flavors, and very savory.
This dish consists of Viana’s Cowgirl Veggie Steak (also known as Holzfäller Hacksteaks in German) with a veganized potato salad, baked beans and corn on the cob.
Water, wheat protein, sunflower oil, soy protein, soy sauce (water, soybeans, sea salt and wheat), tofu (soybeans, water and nigari), rolled oats, tomato paste, roasted onion (onions, palm oil, wheat flour, salt), sea salt, spices, garlic, yeast, herbs and raw cane sugar.
2 pieces | Weight: 7.4 oz
Viana Veggie Turkish Roast
It was labelled as döner kebap when I tried them in Austria in 2011, but it was called as veggie Turkish roast for the U.S. I prefer the kebap term. The veggie Turkish roast is easier to break it down in pan compared to the veggie gyros. It has more spices and smaller in sizes. This one is our favorite meat alternative for wraps and pita bread.
This dish consists of Viana’s Veggie Turkish Roast with vegan Tzatziki sauce, fresh salad of chopped Persian cucumbers, red cabbage and red peppers seasoned with Crete extra-virgin olive oil, fresh dill, oregano, salt and white vinegar. The chopped carrots are a great addition to the dish. They also go well with any pita bread or any favourite flatbread of yours, and this amazing harissa, a yummy salty-spicy condiment. The ingredients are nearly similiar to the veggie gyros’, except for the locust bean gum and rolled oats.
Water, tofu (soybeans, water and nigari), wheat protein, sunflower oil, roasted onion (onions, palm oil, wheat flour and salt), soy sauce (water, soybeans, sea salt and water), spices, sea salt, raw cane sugar, tomato paste, locust bean gum, herbs and yeast.
Weight: 7.5 oz (200 g)
Viana Mediterranean Veggie Sausages
You can thinly slice veggie sausages as “gyro” in any ways from burritos to wraps to pitas. Some prefer less meaty or some prefer bulky type.
This is the cevapcici-style Medidterrean veggie sausages I had with fresh and homemade pita bread (got it at a Jewish shop in Brookline) and seasoned tahini paste served with arugula-Persian cucumber-salad (dressed in lemon juice & olive oil & sea salt). This is probably my favorite meat alternative compared to veggie gyros (they tend to be saltier, but it vary on one’s taste).
Water, wheat protein, soy protein, bell pepper, sunflower oil, soy sauce (water, soy beans, salt and wheat), tomato paste, tofu (soybeans, water, and nigari), rolled oats, roasted onion (onions, palm oil, wheat flour and salt), sea salt, spices, yeast, raw cane sugar, herbs, garlic and celeriac.
10 pieces | Weight: 7.05 oz
Thoughts about Viana Gourmet Vegan Meat Alternatives
I love all of these Viana gourmet vegan meat alternatives: the texture was wonderful and the flavors are savory and tasty. I am happy that they are available in the U.S. because I thought I would never see them again after leaving Austria and Germany.
I did not try the other three Viana gourmet vegan meat alternatives: veggie Chickin fillets, veggie bratwurst, and veggie Chickin nuggets. I hope I can find and try them.