The long-anticipated vegan pork product OmniPork is scheduled to debut in several California restaurants on Earth Day (April 22). The plant-based, complete protein is the world’s first vegan pork alternative. Originally launched in Asia, and more recently Australia and the UK, OmniPork’s US rollout will begin with a few select restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu. The goal is to expand nationwide by summer 2021.
OmniPork is made from a mixture of peas, non-GMO soybeans, shiitake mushrooms, and rice. The result is a product that mimics pork in taste and texture but contains 86% less saturated fat and 66% fewer calories than its animal-based predecessor. The product comes in three varieties—ground, strips, and luncheon—to allow chefs to incorporate it in an infinite number of dishes. OmniPork has already received glowing reviews from chefs and consumers across China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The first Los Angeles area restaurants to incorporate OmniPork-centered dishes include CHIFA, RiceBox, Little Fatty, MANEATINGPLANT, Ramen Hood, and Morning Nights. In San Francisco, Shizen and Chef Reina will receive the coveted plant-based pork, and in Honolulu, patrons can track it down at GOEN Dining + Bar and Tane Vegan Izakaya. Each kitchen has the freedom to get creative with OmniPork—expect different edible interpretations at each location.
Visit each restaurant’s website or Instagram page to learn more about the debut OmniPork dishes.