Before YamChops came around, going vegetarian was a total bore. Who’s YamChops you ask? Well, YamChops is a PLANT-BASED butcher shop! Their meatless products, placed in traditional butcher shops, have been so popular that they sold out quickly! Find out more about this popular food shop and learn how to make your own delicious plant based meal …
When I arrived at YamChops, a vegan butcher shop that opened in the Little Italy neighborhood of Toronto in 2014, I sat down to enjoy a savory, filling, and delicious plate of some of the shop’s specialties, including fishless fish tacos, Korean BBQ chick*n, Szechuan ‘beef’, creamy macaroni and potato salad, and a Caesar kale salad topped with YamChops’ signature coconut-based ‘bacon’ flakes (see image below).
Founded by Michael and Toni Abramson, YamChops has become very popular with the locals and a tourist hotspot for visiting guests. They have a very impressive variety of local and international vegan specialty items and the power team explains that: “While all of our products are vegan, we appeal to vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, and those who consider themselves flexitarians. YamChops essentially articulated a growing need, and that was a focus on plant-based protein or center-of-the-plate protein.”
Toni and Michael Abramson
YamChops does a spin on classic comfort foods and re-creates staple dishes from Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisines.
For a kid-friendly lunch project, Abramson cooked up some vegetable-based sushi that’s easy to replicate at home. There’s a tomato sushi; a maki roll made from cauliflower rice, mango, carrot, avocado and cucumber; a spicy tofu dynamite roll; and for fun, the shop’s carrot “lox” on sushi rice.