I went over to Harvey’s restaurant in Umhlanga last week for a Fry’s food fest, I couldn’t wait to try out the gourmet fare. They had Harvey’s own head chef Andrew Draper as well as Chef Nizam from Mauritius creating unique dishes using Fry’s products as the star ingredient.
My dad has been eating Fry’s products for years now. He isnt a vegetarian but enjoys the products. I only really gave them a go after the Fry’s Guy came to chat to us at Durban blogger meet. I always thought urgh soya, why would I torture myself like that. But huge surprise I was especialky surprised at the chicken style schnitzel and patties. They are really flavourful and you could be tricked into thinking you were eating meat.
We tried so many delicious things at the feast, the noshing started on arrival with canapes in the form of lamb style bunny chow, chicken style sesame bites and polenta and parmesan sausage bakes. Amazing!
We then had Wally Fry himself chat to us and explain the origins of Fry’s. They have been around since 1991 and sell in 23 countries. Chef Andrew and Chef Nizam then had turns demonstrating various Fry’s based dishes and thank goodness they had mini versions of everything circulating for us to try or the crowd may have heard my stomach crying.
Everything was delicious but I was most impressed with chef Nizam’s idea of a savoury cappuccino. It was a thickish spicy warmth, topped with milk foam and sausage dipping, I couldn’t believe the intensity of the flavours.
The chefs really showed how vetsatile the products are and that you can just go crazy and make anything that you would with any meat. Also, interestingly Fry’s products are not 100% soya like most people think. So all those tales of too much soya being unhealthy and cancer causing aren’t something you need to worry about with their products. They actually only contain around 15% soya and that is less than your average beef or mutton sausage. Yes, you read right, processed meat products contain far more soya.
I enjoy and would highly recommend Fry’s products, especially the chicken style items as well as the patties. Those are my favourites but you may discover your own in the range :) a few products flavours have been developed with the help of the original SA Masterchef, Deena Naidoo, like the prawns. Fry’s products are also halaal certified!