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AAPI-Owned Vegan Food Brands to Support Now and Always

From meat alternatives and pasta to ice cream and cookies, there are so many great products to try from these AAPI-owned brands.

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’ve created this list of AAPI-owned vegan food brands to support.

Love + Chew

Lauren Chew has perfected the recipe for vegan, gluten-free superfood cookies made from minimal ingredients like almonds, date paste, and bananas. Packed with protein, fiber, and flavor, Love + Chew’s confections are proof that simple can be delicious. Be sure to try the new Peanut Butter Chip flavor!

Love + Chew

Love + Chew

Root Foods

Introducing our favorite veggie chips! Root Foods makes their snacks out of whole vegetables that you can actually see! No additives, no chemicals—just sustainably farmed vegetables, a little bit of oil, natural tapioca, and sea salt.

Root Foods

Root Foods

Must Love

Co-owned by besties Hannah Hong and Mollie Cha, this upbeat vegan ice cream brand makes some of our favorite desserts. Must Love’s dairy-free ice cream pints and bars feature an oat milk or banana base with natural sweeteners like dates and coconut. Order their new dye-free vegan sprinkles to go on top!

Must Love

Must Love

Hodo

Vietnamese American Minh Tsai started selling products at a farmers market in the Bay Area over 15 years ago. Now, he’s the owner of one of the fastest-­growing companies in the plant protein category, the brand responsible for crafting Chipotle’s beloved Sofritas! In addition to its foodservice presence, Hodo offers a plethora of soy-based retail products—including the new All-Day Egg Scramble.

Hodo

Hodo

Jack & Friends

With a background in food science, Jack & Friends founder Jessica Kwong is the real deal! She perfected a recipe for vegan jerky that checks off all of the boxes. Featuring a jackfruit and pea protein base, this vegan jerky is free from the top eight allergens and made without any added sugars.

Jack & Friends

Jack & Friends

Coconut Whisk

Baking is so much easier with Coconut Whisk’s vegan, gluten-free baking mixes. Pancakes, waffles, chocolate chip cookies, and snickerdoodle cookies are a few of the goodies you can whip up! Since the company was founded by college students Bella Lam and Myles Olson, there are a handful of dorm-friendly vegan mug cake mixes as well.

Coconut Whisk

Coconut Whisk

Green Mustache

The vegan, gluten-free version of Goldfish is here! Green Mustache’s “Cheddarish” Mustache Munchies are perfect for kids’ lunches, after-school snacks, and road trip noms. Oh, and did we mention they’re shaped like mustaches? So cute!

Green Mustache

Green Mustache

The Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher is the ultimate destination for all your vegan deli meat and cheese needs. In addition to its brick-and-mortar in Minneapolis, The Herbivorous Butcher sells products in local markets across the country and via nationwide shipping on its website. Load up your cart with flank steak, roast beef, Korean BBQ ribs, cheddar, mozzarella, and whatever else suits your fancy.

The Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher

Boba Bam

Save yourself the time, coin, and hassle of going out for boba and make some at home! While some boba pearls are made with non-vegan ingredients like honey or gelatin, Boba Bam’s Taiwanese brown sugar instant boba is 100% vegan! Made of tapioca starch and cassava root, these pearls are the perfect chewy addition to your coffee or tea.

Boba Bam

Boba Bam

Jinka

Jinka’s plant-based tuna is tasty, convenient, and loaded with protein and Omega-3s! In the flavors of Original, Lemon & Dill, and Spicy, this ready-to-eat vegan tuna is bound to be a staple in your kitchen! Looking for other vegan seafood alternatives? Jinka recently launched Krabby Crab Cakes.

Jinka

Jinka

Immi

Instant ramen just got fancier, cooler, and more nutritious! Immi’s line of vegan instant ramen flavors is low in carbs, high in protein, and packed with flavor. In Spicy “Beef,” Tom Yum “Shrimp,” and Black Garlic “Chicken” varieties, these noods give us life!

Immi

Immi

Miyoko’s Creamery

From plant-based cheese wheels and spreads to European-style cultured vegan butter, Miyoko’s Creamery has created revolutionary products in the vegan dairy category. Using traditional techniques and high-quality vegan ingredients, owner Miyoko Schinner is showing the world how rich and delicious vegan cheese and butter products can be.

Miyoko's Creamery

Miyoko’s Creamery

MingsBings

Chef Ming Tsai has reimagined a Bing, or Chinese flatbread, with all-vegan ingredients! MingsBings are made with a wide range of fillings—like veggies, Buffalo cauliflower, and plant-based chorizo—folded inside a brown rice wrapper.

MingsBings

MingsBings

Fila Manila

Filipino American Jake Deleon created Fila Manila to showcase his parent’s recipes. The line of vegan, gluten-free Filipino sauces and condiments ranges from the classics of Adobo, Kare-Kare, and Caldereta to more unique varieties like Banana Ketchup.

Fila Manila

Fila Manila

Mekhala

Inspired to create simple and accessible plant-based foods, Daphne Hedley and Jang Bauerle founded Mekhala. The vegan food brand offers a range of Asian cooking pastes, dressings, sauces, and meal starter kits. Everything is organic, all-natural, plant-based, gluten-free, and nut-free. The Plant-Based Starter Pack Mixed Trio is a great first purchase!

Mekhala

Mekhala

Snow Monkey

Created by former athlete Rachel Geike, Snow Money caters to those who want the indulgent taste of ice cream without dairy or added sugars. Snow Monkey just rolled out a newer creamier version of their iconic pints using apples, hemp seeds, cassava root, and chicory root as the base.

Snow Monkey

Snow Monkey

nutpods

Want your morning cup of coffee to taste like coffee cake, cookie butter, or hazelnuts? With a wide range of vegan coffee creamer flavors in sweetened and unsweetened varieties, nutpods has everything you need to make your flavored coffee dreams come true.

nutpods

nutpods

The Only Bean

It’s no secret that beans are good for you! But who said you had to eat them straight up? The Only Bean makes Organic Bean Pasta and Crunchy Roasted Edamame Bean Snacks from organic, non-GMO beans. Whether you need noodles to make spaghetti and vegan meatballs or are looking for a travel-friendly vegan snack, The Only Bean has a product for you.

The Only Bean

The Only Bean

Spread The Love

It’s peanut butter jelly time! Co-founded by Filipina immigrant Val Fishbain, Spread The Love sells drool-worthy vegan, palm oil-free nut butter and jam spreads that will take your sandwiches to the next level. If you’re looking for an extra crunch, buy a bag of Spread The Love’s vegan Almond Butter Granola.

Spread The Love

Spread The Love

Nectar

There’s a new alcoholic seltzer in town! Nectar’s rich, fruity flavors are inspired by co-founder Jeremy Kim’s heritage. Whether you choose Asian Pear, Yuzu, Lychee, or Mandarin, each can contains 0g of sugar, 1g of carbs, and 90 calories. Best of all, there’s no weird aftertaste!

Nectar

Nectar

gimMe Snacks

Snacking is more fun when seaweed is involved! South Korea native Annie Chun has introduced America to one of the best healthy snacks on the market—seaweed snacks! With a full serving of vegetables per 10g and vitamins such as B12 and K, gimMe Snacks’ organic, non-GMO seaweed snacks and nori sheets are nutritious, sustainable, and oh-so-savory.

gimMe snacks

gimMe snacks

Do Anything Foods

Things are getting saucy at Do Anything Foods! This AAPI women-owned vegan food brand makes some of the most drool-worthy vegan sauces for all your home-cooking needs. Which are you trying first—Creamy Butternut Squash, Cauliflower Alfredo, Savory Tomato Veggie, Beet Pesto, or Kale Pesto?

Do Anything Foods

Do Anything Foods

OmniFoods

This vegan food brand has taken the world by storm with its line of plant-based pork products. Available in ground, luncheon, and strips, OmniPork’s realistic taste and texture allows chefs across the country to make traditional Asian dishes vegan!

OmniFoods

OmniFoods

Allie Mitchell

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Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.

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