I had been hearing a LOT of buzz about Field Roast’s new vegan CHAO cheese alternative and when I happened to check out the little vegan section at my local Safeway grocery store, lo and behold…what did my eyes spy? The creamy original slices. Yay! I wish I could have found all three flavors, but I will update this post just as soon as I do.
I must say, I was not sure what to expect because many a vegan cheese has let me down before. I can’t be the only person who has thought, “I could definitely be vegan…but, the CHEESE!”
I am sure the first thing you are dying to know is…”How do they taste?” Straight out of the package…I was thoroughly impressed. I mean thoroughly! Yum…these were SO good. Yes, they were definitely living up to the hype.
The taste is subtle, mild. Much like Swiss or provolone. The smell is very neutral. They are a slightly more, shall we say, rubbery? than their dairy-based counterparts. I expect this is from the tofu as an ingredient. The slices are packaged all together. No individual wrappers here, but they are very easily separated.
So let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute. Water, coconut oil, corn and potato starches, fermented tofu, sea salt, olive extract used as a preservative and beta carotene. That’s it!
According to the packaging, Chao Slices are marketed as a “coconut cheese alternative”, but rest assured, there is no coconut taste here. The coconut is “seasoned with a traditionally fermented soybean curd called Chao by the Vietnamese.” Field Roast partnered with a Greek cheese maker and a family in Taiwan who makes the Chao. It’s all brought together in Seattle, of all places, where they create these amazing little slices.
But do they MELT? And STRETCH like “real” cheese? For this experiment, I would be making…you guessed it! Grilled cheese sandwiches.
I hope you can see this…
Melted just.like.regular.cheese. Mind BLOWN!
Have you tried these? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!