My favorite non-meat meat is a style of Chinese cooking developed by Buddhists. They are true non-violent Buddhists who follow their beliefs closely, which precludes eating meat, since to eat meat means to harm an animal.
The thing is though, that the Chinese love their meat, so what to do?
They have developed this fantastic vegetarian cooking style that is so good, that most carnivore will not feel deprived of their meat if they eat these dishes!
The best example of this is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Penang, Malaysia. Home-cooked every day. Wish I could give you directions, but I’d only know how to find it if I was still there and tried walking there.
For a start, I am not celiac. Lucky me! I assume that I am not allergic to gluten, but some other protein in wheat. The other possibility is that because I was on an extended holiday at the time, my allergies where less noticeable.
So should I try this food again? Well, it seems a bit risky to me, but you never know, next time I am in Penang …