Wagamama launches high street's first ever vegan 'fish and chips'

Wagamama launches high street's first ever vegan 'fish and chips'

Nothing fishy here! Wagamama launches high street’s first ever vegan ‘fish and chips’ made from soy, rice and pea protein for £12.95 (and it’s even served in newspaper!)

  •  Wagamama has delighted fans by launching the UK high street’s first ever plant-based fish and chips, as hundreds of thousands of Brits sign up for Veganuary
  • Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo is a flavour packed Japanese inspired take on the British classic – served with roasted sweet potato chunks and red onion
  • ‘Fish’ is made from a mix of soy, rice and pea protein, replicating the taste and flaky texture of cod

Wagamama has delighted fans by launching the UK high street’s first ever plant-based fish and chips, as thousands of Brits sign up for Veganuary.   

The dish, available from today, is called Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo and is a flavour packed Japanese inspired take on the British classic.

Beer battered fish is replaced with lightly tempura coated ‘f-ish’, made from a mix of soy, rice and pea protein, replicating the taste and flaky texture of fish.

Wagamama brings its version of ‘chips’ to the bench with roasted sweet potato chunks and red onion, coated in wagamama’s famous firecracker sauce, bringing the ‘bang bang’ element of the dish description.

All the traditional trimmings are also included but in a uniquely wagamama way, as smashed minty edamame beans make for wagamama’s take on mushy peas, accompanied by katsu curry sauce, waga tartare with Japanese pickles, chilli, and a lemon wedge.

In a nod to traditional British style it’s served on a mocked-up newspaper and a plate. 

he dish, available from today, is called Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo and is a flavour packed Japanese inspired take on the British classic. The new dish costs £12.95 and available in restaurant, on Deliveroo and through click and collect for just one month only at all UK restaurants, excluding Northern Ireland.

The new dish costs £12.95 and available in restaurant, on Deliveroo and through click and collect for just one month only at all UK restaurants, excluding Northern Ireland. 

In 2021, more than half a million people signed up to the Veganuary challenge  – going vegan for January – with numbers expected to exceed it this year as more people pick up plant-based diets. 

Wagamama CEO, Thomas Heier, told FEMAIL: ‘We’re so proud of our 50 per cent plant-based menu and we’re committed to encouraging more people to experience our plant-based options for themselves to help make a sustainable difference for our planet.

‘Which is why we’re focusing on offering dishes that are so delicious, they might even tempt the most uncompromising meat-eater to eat more plants, even if it’s just about making one sustainable swap a week’.

In October 2021 wagamama made half its menu plant-based and their new veganuary dish is part of their mission to continue inspiring and empowering Brits to give plants a go, one bowl at a time.

Adopting a plant-based diet has been increasingly recognised as a key choice we can all make to help the climate crisis, as research shows it could reduce the amount of land used for agriculture by 76 per cent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food by up to 49 per cent.  

In October 2021 wagamama made half its menu plant-based and their new veganuary dish is part of their mission to continue inspiring and empowering Brits to give plants a go, one bowl at a time.

The pan-Asian chain already has vegan versions of all its most popular dishes, and even collaborated with vegan chef Gaz Oakley to bring guests a vegan ‘egg.

The restaurant has also turned watermelon into ‘tuna’ and eliminated red meat from their test kitchen menu in Old Street, east London.

Every year, wagamama sees an increasing number of people giving vegan dishes a go and now just under 20 per cent of their guests choose to go plant-based.

What is wagamama’s plant pledge? 

As part of their ‘2021 Positive Action Plan’, wagamama pledged to make half their menu plant-based by the end of the year. A commitment they will meet three months early as they launch their new autumn menu on October 6.

Research has revealed that eating a plant-based diet could reduce the amount of land used for agriculture by 76% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food by up to 49% (Schiermeier, eat less meat, 2019 + IPCC, Special Report on Climate Change + Land, 2019)

About their new dish, wagamama’s global head-chef Steve Mangleshot told FEMAIL: ‘Tempura F-ish and Bang Bang Yaki Imo brings the vibrant flavours of Asia to a classic every Brit knows and loves. We wanted to both surprise and delight our vegan fans, while also empowering our meat-loving guests to give plants a go this Veganuary.

‘For us, it will always be about creating incredible soulful dishes, which happen to be plant-based – meaning, we aim for our vegan dishes to excite every guest no matter their dietary preferences.’

It comes as Costa, Caffe Nero, Starbucks and Subway announced an array of plant-based treats to help vegans through the month and beyond. 

Premium coffee house, Caffè Nero, has teamed up with plant-based favourite THIS™ to launch a new Veganuary menu. 

 Costa Coffee is set to welcome the new Vegan Macaroni Cheeze, made with tender pasta, a rich vegan cheeze sauce and fresh spinach, all topped with a delicate parsley crumb.

And if coffee isn’t your style, high-street favourite Subway has unveiled two new additions to its plant-based menu for Veganuary – the T.L.C.® Tikka (Tastes.Like.Chicken.) and the T.L.S.™ (Tastes.Like.Steak.).

The T.L.C.® Tikka, a new spice-inspired twist on the original roast-chicken inspired T.L.C.®, is an exciting special addition to the menu exclusively for Veganuary, available from Wednesday 29th December to Tuesday 15th February in select stores across the UK and Ireland, replacing the classic T.L.C.® for a limited time.

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