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Lotteria releases soy BBQ cheeseburger

By grape Japan

With Burger King's plant-based Whopper, Ippudo's plant-based tonkotsu ramen, and even IKEA's plant-based katsu curry, Japan has seen a recent uptick in non-meat alternative meals.

Now thanks to burger chain Lotteria, those seeking a meatless treat have another option in the form of their new Soy BBQ Cheeseburger.

Lotteria says the new burger authentically recreates the texture of beef using a blend of soy beans and spices in the patty. The burger also blends an original "Honey Mustard Sauce" made with honey from Argentina with a hickory BBQ sauce, and is topped off with onions, pickles, and of course cheese. It clocks in at a relatively low 302 calories as well.

The burger will officially go on sale at Lotteria's throughout Japan starting Feb 15. Those not in a BBQ mood can also enjoy Lotteria's Soy Vegetable Cheeseburger, which is available without cheese as well.


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Good for vegetarians, though there are more than likely to be hidden ingredients, even stock and flavouring made with animal flesh. Always ask and double-check. As Pukey2 says, plant-based doesn't mean vegan, or even vegetarian, in Japan.

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As Pukey2 says, plant-based doesn't mean vegan, or even vegetarian, in Japan.

I wish I could remember what I said.

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Maybe soyburgers are more sustainable than turning the Amazon into a cattle ranch and farms that sustain them.

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With real cheese ??? Do They not get the point?

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Japan still doesn't understand too much the "vegetarian" thing. Several years ago, my mate came here for a visit and he is a vegetarian. We went to eat ramen and the menu offered menu for vegetarian. We ordered and he got ramen with dashi and katsuobushi.

Even umeboshi onigiri is not suitable for vegetarian here.

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Next thing ya know, they'll be cutting the cheese. ;-)

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Steve Martin:

If you wanted one with cheese, then you can get them everywhere. They'll never stop selling them. The point is, vegetarians and vegans can't get much to eat with the limited choices here. But things are changing (at a glacial speed).

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Even umeboshi onigiri is not suitable for vegetarian here.

What's in those onigiris?

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Hi Pukey2.

I think we are talking about different 'theys'.

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Maybe it's just the Japanese way, but from my experience, neither the meat —soy or beef, nor the reader's comments can be trusted as ungarnished.

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If it really was healthy or delicious they had surely already cooked or produced it decades or centuries ago.

Yes, because everything healthy, delicious, and worthwhile has already been done, centuries ago. Nothing new under the sun since the 1600s.

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Is there a reason why Japan isn't doing Impossible meat? I noticed BK came out with a new veggie burger but it was way different than the Impossible Whopper they have in the US.

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Real cheese?

A very rare animal in Japan

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Real cheese?

Lookit the photo, that's not real cheese. It's the thin-sliced yellow plastic they try to sell as 'sliced cheese'.

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