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Impossible Foods just guaranteed I'll never eat real pork again

Impossible Pork
Impossible Pork (Image credit: Android Central / Russell Holly)

A few months ago, a new rule in the US drastically changes how the Pork Industry was regulated. The new rules are seriously problematic, leaving inspectors warning people the pork you buy in stores is potentially unsafe. I immediately stopped buying most forms of pork for my house. Still, if I'm honest, I miss it. I can make some tasty things with pork in my kitchen, but it just wasn't worth the risk.

Fortunately, with Impossible Pork on the way, I likely never need to worry about it again.

Impossible Pork

Source: Android Central / Russell Holly (Image credit: Source: Android Central / Russell Holly)

Like its faux beef counterpart, Impossible Pork is a ground meat substitute aimed at meat-eating people. The entire point is to make something just as tasty as the real thing and offer everyone a genuinely viable alternative. This is accomplished with the use of what Impossible Foods calls "Heme," which is a protein grown to accurately simulate the most delicious parts of the real thing.

To show off its new food, Impossible took over a restaurant in Las Vegas and filled it with pork-based Asian dishes. Dan Dan Noodles, Pork Katsu, Bahn Mi, and several others filled the list of things that not only tasted just like pork when you ate them, but were fantastically delicious. A more public demonstration of this pork substitute is also happening at select Burker King restaurants right now, with the limited release of a breakfast sandwich complete with Impossible Sausage onboard.

Impossible Pork doesn't just taste close enough to the real thing for just about anyone to enjoy; it's healthier for you than regular pork.

CategoryImpossible PorkRegular Pork
Serving SizeFour OuncesFour Ounces
Calories220350
Saturated Fat7g11g
Protein16g17g
Iron3mg1mg
Cholesterol0mg11g

During the demo event, I sampled Impossible Pork made several different ways. It was steamed in Shumai, grilled in a Char Siu Bun, and fried in a Katsu dish. It was also served over noodles, offered up standalone as a meatball, and also pressed into a thick slice of protein in between two big slices of bread to make a Bahn Mi sandwich.

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There was more variety presented here than in the Impossible Beef presentation from last year. It shows Impossible Foods' confidence in not only the product, but it also showcases how much has been learned about how to cook with this meat replacement in the last year. It's a fascinating evolution to see in such a short period, and it gave me a ton of confidence to experiment with this product in my own home.

It is truly fascinating to see how Impossible Foods has once again taken over a tech show with mind-blowingly good food.

One obvious question from my fellow carnivores, and indeed myself, is "what about bacon?" from Impossible Foods. Having done quite a bit of research in my own lab, I can safely say Impossible Foods is only trying to replace ground pork right now, and you will not see a bacon replacement from the company anytime soon.

You can check out the Impossible Sausage Croissan'wich at select Burger King locations for the next couple of weeks, but there's an important caveat for vegetarians looking to try this new food. Burger King has publicly stated it does nothing to avoid cross-contamination with the real beef and sausage products it makes in its kitchens. While you are ordering a veggie-friendly dish (not a vegan-friendly dish because the bread is still also not vegan), there's a reasonable chance it was cooked in the same place real meat was.

Impossible Pork

Source: Android Central / Russell Holly (Image credit: Source: Android Central / Russell Holly)

For those of us eager to try Impossible Pork in our own kitchens, there's going to be a bit of a wait, but you can expect this ground meat replacement to show up in a lot of the same places you currently see ground Impossible Foods products before the end of the year. But in the meantime, it is truly fascinating to see how Impossible Foods has once again taken over a tech show with mind-blowingly good food.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

26 Comments
  • Pork! It's the new Android?
  • Nah. Disney+ is the new Android.
  • Can't wait to try. I eat meat, but a good black bean burger is one of my favorite things. Pork is usually my go-to for Asian. Here's hoping I can try it soon-ish.
  • Wow, I didn't know this was coming out! I hope to be able to try it soon.
  • Sounds good! What are the carbs and sugars like in this product?
  • Call me old fashioned but I don't want to eat fake food. I carefully look at and smell any meat I buy at the grocery store before I cook it. I also use a meat thermometer to cook cuts of meat to recommended temps. I usually exceed those recommendations by a bit on pork and chicken. I'll take my chances and eat real meat. I know how to cook a chop.
  • It's NOT fake food, it's plant-based. Think of it as food mimicry. I rarely eat vegetarian options but I also do not fear trying something new.
  • Bioengineered grown in a lab plant base food that is good for you. Yeah keep telling yourself that. Have you done any research on it? The fake beef is just slightly better for you if you can truely say that.
  • and yet the U.S food is genetically modified and their meat is full of drugs.
  • This stuff is full of transfats and soy. Enjoy growing breasts
  • Then there's the question of how much other unsafe crap is put into these faux foods to try to get the texture and flavor right. My wife likes the Impossible Whopper, and I've tried it, but let's be real, it's nowhere close to the real thing. Easier to disguise when used with other foods like cheese, lettuce, etc, but by itself, it's nowhere near a convincing beef replacement. I doubt the pork is too. It can be a good alternative for vegetarians, but it will never replace meat. Like the old Coke commercials used to say, you can't be the real thing. I call the the Impossible Whopper the dildo burger - as it's made with a filler and a substitute for real meat. XD
  • "filler and a substitute for real meat" 🤣🤣 This is Internet gold!
  • Yup, when you slap all these flavors in, you probably won't tell, but I'm not eating a bio-engineered plant. I'd rather eat the real thing. Besides, i'm spanish, you can't have fake pork when you have pernil (roast pork).
  • Yep, I don't think I will bother if it even comes to the UK,
  • A meatless pork article? This is not the content that I come to Android Central for
  • Then go away.
  • You'd be surprised how many people are considering it... I can't even read one of these non-android related articles with out being jumped by a loud pop up ad...
  • I never get pop up ads. Don't use the website, and the rare occasion I do ublock takes care of it. And I pay the whopping 2.50 a year for premium. I like the random articles, sometimes there is nothing going on in the tech world
  • I dont come to Android Central for articles about Pork. This is almost as laughable as the article on how to power on a PS4
  • I agree. I feel like there is enough Android news out there that this is unnecessary fluff. The oh so original and snarky "then go away" vocal minority isn't helpful. Take your item above and don't comment on something YOU don't agree with.
  • Lol that link.... Going to ask you a Serious question...
    Now in the article you linked says its going to go from 7 inspectors to 3 If you thought the pork was "safe" to eat with only 7 inspectors on a Processing plant that did 1200 hogs an hour with 7 guys making sure its "safe" Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah By all means eat your pork alternatives but also keep in mind they tend to make more of a carbon foot print then animal pork how may times those ingredients in fake pork needs to be shipped.. I know I haul the stuff I guess I'll live on the wild side and eat pork....still....its in the companies best interest to make sure that the pork that's on the lines are safe as possible to eat or they will get sued from here to Eternity
  • FDA cut regulations on pork so you are scared to eat it. But you are not scared to eat a bioegineered something grown in a lab to taste like iron, that by the way has barely passed the FDA with "no questions asked". This after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbing the FDA to approve it. That main ingredient that had to pass is heme which the FDA said "generally recognized as safe". Keep eating something that nobody really knows what it will do to you over a few years and I will keep eating real meat.
  • They aren't making fake ribs or bacon or pepperoni, or at least I hope they aren't.
  • I'll stick with the real thing. Not all about all of the chemicals they use to make these "fake meats"
  • If I want veggies, I eat veggies. If I want meat, I eat meat. I really don't have an interest in one being dressed up to taste like the other.
  • Enjoy growing breasts!!