The Impossible Burger by Impossible Foods. It’s meatless but yet it’s meaty.

Some people say its patty tastes just like the real thing.

But what’s in it? Does it really taste like meat?

We went on a taste test to find out.

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Where Can I Find Impossible Foods in Singapore?

Burgers aren’t the only way you can enjoy Impossible Foods’ meatless meat. Thanks to Singapore’s colourful culinary history, the Impossible meat can be found in sausage rolls and dumplings.

impossible foods empress dumplings meatballs
Image Credits: Empress | Impossible Foods

We’ve taken the time to put all the restaurants you can now try Impossible Foods at in a neat little table.

RestaurantDishDetailsPrice
Adrift by David MyersImpossible Sausage RollPuff pastry wrapped around the Impossible Meat, and baked till it's golden brown$14++
Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon RamsayThe Impossible Flatbreada pizza, made with caramelised onions, the Impossible Meat, rocket pesto, and walnuts$24++
Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon RamsayThe Impossible Wellingtona "beef" wellington made with Impossible Meat, served with mashed potatoes and carrots with red wine jus$39++
Cut by Wolfgang PuckThe Impossible SliderThree mini sliders, but with Impossible Meat$18++
EmpressSichuan Mapo Tofu with Impossible MeatMapo Tofu with minced Impossible Meat$18++
EmpressDragon’s Breath Fried Kuay Teow with Impossible Meat BallsSpring onions, kuay teow noodles, fried with Impossible Meat balls and sesame seeds$18++
Park Bench DeliImpossible Patty Melta cheesy sandwich$22++
Privé OrchardJuicy Lucy Impossible Meatball SpaghettiImpossible Meatball spaghetti$19++
Privé OrchardImpossible Satay SlidersNot satay sticks, but three mini sliders made with Impossible Meat$15++
Three Buns Quayside / Potato Head SingaporeThe Impossible DreamImpossible Burger with tomato and onion marmalade and XO mayo$27++
Three Buns Quayside / Potato Head SingaporeThe Impossible Cheddacheddar, pickles, and ketchup in your Impossible Burger$23++

 

What is the Impossible Foods Meat Made of?

What makes the Impossible Burger taste like it might be meat is this thing called “heme”. (Not to be confused with hemp, which is a completely different type of plant altogether, and is illegal to consume in Singapore.)

What is heme? It’s basically what was produced from soy protein and a genetically engineered yeast.

Here’s How Impossible Foods Explains Heme:

Great news for our Muslim friends: Impossible Foods 2.0 is also halal certified.

Here’s a photo of its ingredients before they were magically combined by the Impossible Foods lab:

impossible foods original ingredients
Image Credits: Impossible Foods

And a breakdown of all the ingredients, complete with their chemical names so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body:

Ingredients
Water
Soy Protein Concentrate
Coconut Oil
Sunflower Oil
Natural Flavors
2% or less of: Potato Protein
Methylcellulose
Yeast Extract
Cultured Dextrose
Food Starch Modified
Soy Leghemoglobin
Salt
Soy Protein Isolate
Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
Zinc Gluconate
Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)
Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
Niacin
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Vitamin B12

 

What Does The Impossible Burger Taste Like?

I first got my taste of it when I went to New York last year. There was a very specific kind of earthy and root-like taste to it.

Was it because of all the years I’d spent eating mock meat at Vegetarian Bee Hoon stores? I knew it didn’t taste like mock meat.

But it tasted familiar somehow, even though I’ve never had the Impossible Burger before. I knew this flavour, I just didn’t know what it was.

All those reviews outside that said it tasted like meat was somewhat true: it had bite, and it had a pinkish middle with a smoky, meaty flavour. But I couldn’t forget that familiar taste that reminded me of a root vegetable.

To make sure I wasn’t just dreaming it up, I invited a colleague who loves meat to follow me on my second foray into Impossible Foods.

which burger is the impossible burger
Image Credits: Georgia Ho | ShopBack

We ordered two burgers at Three Buns — the Impossible Chedda ($23++), and the Bun DMC ($16++). I know it’s a little dark, but can you tell which is which?

The burgers were sliced into half so we could test both real meat and Impossible meat at the same time.

Sitting side by side, it was tough to tell the difference between the two based on their looks.

They looked like regular burgers. Sliced in half, they both look red and juicy in the middle.

impossible chedda three buns singapore
Image Credits: Georgia Ho | ShopBack

They even came with their own packaging, Without the stickers, we wouldn’t have been able to tell them apart.

In fact, there was a point in time while eating both, we couldn’t tell them apart.

Only when I took a nibble at the “meat” in the middle — and tasted that familiar “root vegetable like” taste — could I tell which was which.

My meat lover colleague says that the Impossible Burger reminded her of lean meat. She finished her half of the burger, which says something considering she never finishes her veggies.


Would We Have The Impossible Burger Again?

impossible foods three buns
Image Credits: Three Buns | Impossible Foods

Her verdict was that she’d only have it again if she was out with a vegetarian friend.

But I think I like it enough for me to want to have it on a regular basis. Unlike some meat burgers, The Impossible Burger doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve greased my stomach with oil.

I’ll probably try it at Empress next, because I want to know how an Impossible dumpling would taste like.

Right now, the prices for the Impossible Foods Meat is still a little high. We’re dreaming for the day they appear on our supermarket shelves, or the bar chor mee at our favourite hawker centre.

But for now, it’s still going to be a choice between a slightly bigger hole in my wallet versus filling an Impossible Foods sized hole in my stomach.

*Featured Image Credits: Three Buns | Impossible Foods

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