That is the view of Tony Solar, who for the previous two years has run the Seitan Hustle, a Lord Road takeaway that provides animal-free hen wings, kebabs and burgers.
Tony, who was born in China and got here to the Fylde coast as a teenager, says non-meat eaters now have an important alternative within the former fishing port, as there are a number of different locations that additionally provide vegetarian and vegan choices on the coast. menu.
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Along with Seitan Hustle, he says two different institutions — Wok Field and Vegan Vegetarian Road Meals — each situated in Fleetwood Market are flying the flag for meat-free consuming.
The Road Meals unit will open as a brand new enterprise this Friday (September 1).
Tony says: “There was a time when it was actually onerous when you have been vegetarian or vegan – your selections have been actually restricted.
“Nonetheless, issues are altering and it is superb that Fleetwood, a reasonably small city, is taking the lead in our area.
“The form of alternative you’ve now might be higher than what you’d get in greater locations like Morecambe and even Preston.”
Tony, 28, is a vegan himself, however admits the odor of quick meals eating places promoting fried hen and burgers is all the time tempting.
As a solution for individuals who like meat however desire to not eat it, he presents a meat substitute that he says tastes like the true factor.
Seitan is a wheat protein that his workforce makes on website, best for vegetarians, however not for individuals who have points with gluten.
He says: “Of all of the substitutes, I feel it has essentially the most meaty texture and you are able to do extra with it.
“It actually tastes like the true factor. We now have prospects who come from far-off simply to get vegetarian meals that tastes like meat you’d get in a tasty quick meals restaurant.”
Vegan meals on the Fleetwood Market
The Wok Field, owned by Siabhan Swindells, 36, is situated within the out of doors meals courtroom at Fleetwood Market, simply off Victoria Road.
Siabhan presents sizzling meals through the day, together with meals with rice and noodles, and says all sauces and bases are appropriate for vegans.
She mentioned: “We now have plenty of choices right here for vegetarians and vegans – dishes with chickpeas, tofu and greens.
“I even order some seitan from Tony, for individuals who need a naughty kick, however meat-free.
“It is getting higher now when you do not eat meat and for a small space like this there’s plenty of alternative in Fleetwood now.”
Siabhan says the Wok Field is meant as a wholesome consuming possibility, providing “portion-controlled” meals consisting of the bottom, greens, protein and sauce.
Valerie Maratzzi, 57 and initially from London, will likely be providing worldwide, plant-based dishes on the opening of Vegan Vegetarian Road Meals on Friday.
She mentioned: “We now have dishes from all around the world and most of them are additionally gluten free.
“It’s a global menu and we provide dishes from actually all around the world.”
Valerie’s menu consists of vegetable variations of Falafel (Israel), Moroccan tagine, Mexican chili peppers, spinnach and feta packets (Greece), and a Peruvian recipe for greens in pita bread.
She added: “There are such a lot of choices you possibly can provide that do not require meat, though some locations are nonetheless lagging behind.
“Fleetwood would not look like, however we will not wait to open.”