What Is Vegan Cheese?

Here at Manoosh, we strive to cater all people, no matter what their tastes or preferences for eating are. Our menu is packed with delicious options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike, and we are proud to say just about anybody will find something they absolutely love on our menu.

For vegetarians and vegans, options range from delicious salads, delectable dips, tasty wraps, and of course, our famous pizzas.

How so? Two words: vegan cheese.

We source our vegan cheese from Daiya, a renowned dairy-free food producer who has been making delicious vegan-friendly products since 2009. Their cheese is so gooey and delicious, most people can’t even tell the difference from the real thing. But how do they do it? What exactly is vegan cheese and how does it taste so good? Let’s have a look.

What Is In Vegan Cheese?

Rather than using animal derivatives, vegan cheese is made from naturally derived products such as nut milk, soy protein, vegetable oil, yeast, agar flakes, natural enzymes, vegetable glycerin and assorted bacterial cultures.

We use mozzarella-style vegan cheese on our pizzas, which is made from filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavours, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid and titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral). It melts wonderfully at high temperatures and is so gooey and delicious you’ll be hard pressed to tell to difference!

How Is It Made?

Cheese is essentially made from a coagulation of proteins. In ‘real’ cheese, these proteins – called casein – are derived from the animal milk the cheese is made from. Rennet – a group of enzymes that are produced in the stomachs of animals – is what coagulates the proteins and is added during production. This is what causes curdling and eventually makes the cheese.

But what about vegan cheese? To be entirely free from animal products, it can not contain any rennet. So how do the producers make it coagulate? Well, being entirely plant-based, protein masses from various plant sources are used in lieu of animal proteins. Oils, emulsifiers, and thickeners are also used to ensure a firm texture.

You don’t have to be a meat eater to enjoy eating at Manoosh, we firmly believe we offer the best vegan food Sydney has to offer and we love searching for new ways to cater for our vegan friends. If you’re feeling hungry – vegan or not – drop by Manoosh. Or if you’re after top quality mobile pizza catering, give us a call.

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