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  • Megan Ingham: Hi, I'm Megan, and I'm a vegan.

  • Harry Kersh: Hi, I'm Harry, and I'm an omnivore.

  • Megan: With veganism on the rise,

  • some of the big fast-food chains

  • are jumping on the bandwagon,

  • and they've brought out

  • some of their own vegan alternatives.

  • Harry: Today we're gonna visit McDonald's, KFC,

  • Subway, and Pizza Hut

  • and try some vegan alternatives for ourselves.

  • Megan: And hopefully, by the end of it,

  • Harry is gonna be a vegan convert.

  • Harry: Yeah, don't get your hopes up.

  • [Megan laughs]

  • But I'm open-minded.

  • I'd like to eat a bit less meat in the future,

  • so if these options can provide a good alternative

  • then I'm really happy to try it.

  • Our vegan journey starts at McDonald's,

  • where we tried their Vegan Society-approved Veggie Dippers.

  • We bought them for 3.59 pounds, which is around $4.60.

  • So, I mean, looks-wise, it looks kind of maybe like

  • a chicken-tender sort of thing,

  • which is maybe almost misleading

  • because, unlike some of the other options

  • that we are going to try today,

  • this one isn't actually fake meat.

  • This is just a vegetable-based thing.

  • Megan: Cheers. Harry: Cheers.

  • Megan: So, I would say

  • that that is a little bit disappointing.

  • It's a bit underwhelming.

  • I've probably had better equivalents from supermarkets

  • that I bake in my oven.

  • Harry: I think I agree. I think it's disappointing.

  • I think, considering the fact

  • that vegan chicken-nugget alternatives

  • already kind of exist,

  • I'm not really sure why they didn't try

  • and do something like that because, yeah,

  • it's just, like, a kind of average bean burger,

  • bean-nugget sort of thing.

  • Megan: If I open that in the middle,

  • that's the filling on either side,

  • and considering that was nearly 4 pounds,

  • that's a lot of money for not a lot.

  • Harry: If anything is gonna turn me into a vegan,

  • knowing that this exists is not it.

  • [Megan laughs]

  • Megan: Next we head to Subway

  • to try their new Meatless Meatball Marinara,

  • where we bought a foot-long for 6.49 pounds,

  • which is around $8.30.

  • So, I've never really been a big fan of the meatball,

  • the classic meatball, so for me,

  • I have nothing to compare it to,

  • but it looks like a meatball.

  • Looks like a beef meatball. What do you think?

  • Harry: In contrast to Megan, meatball marinara is my

  • go-to order at Subway, so I'm quite invested in this

  • because, you know, if it's a good alternative,

  • then maybe I'll come back.

  • But like you said, they look like meatballs,

  • the vegan cheese looks pretty good,

  • there's vegan cheese on this.

  • And we also got some vegan garlic aioli as well,

  • which looks really, really nice.

  • Excited to see how the kind of taste and texture matches up.

  • OK. First impressions, Megan, now that you've tasted.

  • Megan: It's a bit dry.

  • It's really dry. I need a water.

  • It's really dry. Harry: Are you all right?

  • Megan: Yeah, it's really dry. It's not bad,

  • it would just be complemented by a drink, I think.

  • The meatball's good. It's firm. It's not crumbly,

  • which, having tried to make my own meatballs,

  • does happen a lot, and it can just disintegrate,

  • so they've got the texture there quite well.

  • Harry: I think texturally, like, the meatball

  • is pretty good. It does taste like meat.

  • Not as meaty as real meat, which, shock, I guess.

  • I think if I were to give this a rating out of five,

  • I think maybe a three and a half.

  • 'Cause it was good but, like you say,

  • quite dry, not quite as meaty as I was hoping for,

  • but not a terrible alternative.

  • Megan: For me it was a bit dry,

  • so I'd probably give it a two and a half

  • or a three out of five. It's just really dry.

  • Harry: Our vegan-fast-food journey now takes us to KFC,

  • where we ordered their "zero chicken"

  • Original Recipe Vegan Burger for 4.29 pounds.

  • That's around $5.50.

  • Megan: So, it looks like

  • what I see other chicken eaters eating,

  • so it looks like what you would normally have.

  • Like, a vegan chicken burger's quite a staple thing

  • that you can get in a lot of supermarkets now.

  • So I'm expecting it to be at least at the same level

  • as what the offerings already are,

  • but hopefully a little bit better

  • with those 11 herbs and spices.

  • Harry: Cheers.

  • Megan: I was worried it might be quite dry,

  • because some meat substitutes can be really dry

  • 'cause the cooking variations on them, you can struggle,

  • and especially as it doesn't have the cheese

  • or maybe some of the other things

  • that you might traditionally have with a burger,

  • but the mayo's really good.

  • There's, like, a really good consistency

  • of the meat in the middle.

  • Harry: It does texturally taste

  • and feel a bit like chicken.

  • I think maybe in the more of a kind of, like,

  • chicken-nugget vibe where the chicken's maybe been,

  • like, a bit shredded and pulverized beforehand,

  • 'cause you don't get the kind of tearaway

  • that you might get from a chicken breast.

  • But I have to say, like, taste-wise,

  • again because I think it leans more heavily

  • on just the herbs and spices that they use

  • rather than the natural chicken flavor anyway,

  • so if you just want something that tastes like KFC

  • and does kind of feel like chicken,

  • this honestly would hit the spot.

  • Megan: Yeah, I'd say this is a four out of five.

  • It's a little bit too salty for me

  • to probably have really regularly,

  • but texturally wise,

  • it feels like a really good chicken burger,

  • maybe slightly processed, but it is fast food, so.

  • Harry: I'm actually gonna be

  • even more generous than you here,

  • 'cause I love salty food.

  • And this is salty, you're right,

  • but also you get the taste from the herbs and spices

  • of a normal KFC.

  • Texturally, it might not be

  • the exact same as chicken breast,

  • but it's more like a chicken-nugget sandwich,

  • which is honestly pretty much what I want

  • if I've maybe had a couple of drinks

  • and am coming home past the KFC.

  • I'm gonna give this, like, a four and a half

  • out of five I think.

  • Megan: Wow. I mean, I will eat this again.

  • So that's probably a really good stamp of approval.

  • Underground: Ladies and gentlemen.

  • Megan: And finally we head to Pizza Hut

  • to try their Pepperphoni pizza,

  • ordering their sharing-size pizza

  • for 20.99 pounds,

  • which is around $27.

  • Harry: So, here we are in our last stop

  • of our fast-food tour.

  • I'm quite full 'cause we've done this all in one afternoon.

  • But we're about to try Pizza Hut's Pepperphoni pizza.

  • How's it look to you, Megan?

  • Megan: It looks really good.

  • It looks like it's crispy cheese on top.

  • I mean, nothing about that

  • screams vegan alternative to me.

  • So, the first taste that you get on it

  • is very much Pizza Hut's signature, like, marinara.

  • So that is, like, spot on.

  • The vegan cheese and the vegan pepperoni

  • doesn't, like, overrule that taste,

  • which I think's really good

  • because that's why you're coming to Pizza Hut,

  • because you want it to taste like a Pizza Hut pizza.

  • Harry: The texture is maybe slightly weird.

  • It's slightly different to what I'm used to.

  • The garlic is clinging to my teeth a bit.

  • Is that normal? Megan: Mm-hmm.

  • Harry: OK, yeah.

  • The pepperoni...not quite there.

  • Hard to exactly replicate that sort of, like, texture.

  • Not as crispy as sometimes pepperoni will go

  • on, like, a regular pizza.

  • I think if I had to give this an out of five,

  • I think I'd probably give it a four.

  • I've enjoyed this. Honestly, like,

  • coming to Pizza Hut, you know what you're getting.

  • You're getting that deep pan,

  • you're getting that marinara sauce and the cheese.

  • The vegan cheese really doesn't change it

  • drastically enough for me to not enjoy it.

  • But yeah, no, I've enjoyed that a lot.

  • I think maybe if the texture was slightly better

  • it would be even higher,

  • but I think four is what I would give it.

  • Megan: So, I think four is good,

  • I think it would drop a point

  • because maybe the pepperoni is,

  • just the taste is a little big overpowering maybe.

  • But again, that's our personal choice,

  • you might come, you might love it,

  • and that fruity tang on it

  • might be exactly what you want,

  • but I think it's a strong four,

  • and I would really recommend this

  • as, like, a good place to come and get takeout pizza.

  • Harry: So, that's it.

  • That's the end of our meatless journey.

  • We've tried options from McDonald's, from Subway,

  • from KFC, and from Pizza Hut.

  • Megan, did you have a favorite?

  • Megan: I think on the individual food that we've tried,

  • KFC just pips it, I think it slightly edges it,

  • but if I was to go back to one again,

  • it would probably be Pizza Hut

  • because here I can get sides,

  • unlimited drink, free salad,

  • they've got pudding,

  • they've got various different options,

  • so I could come back and get something new, like, each time.

  • Whereas at KFC,

  • yes, you can get the vegan chicken burger,

  • but the fries aren't vegan,

  • and that's basically their only option.

  • Harry: So, I think you've pretty much

  • hit the nail on the head there.

  • I think I'd agree. I think, individual item,

  • KFC was the best for me. It did taste like KFC,

  • maybe a tiny bit dry, but with the vegan mayo on there,

  • not really a problem, and I just really enjoyed it.

  • But also, yeah, Pizza Hut was fantastic.

  • It was by far the best, like, vegan-cheese experience

  • that I've had in the past.

  • Which was nice because that was kind of a,

  • something that generally would put me off

  • going for a vegan option or a vegan burger,

  • and now that I've tried what is probably the best

  • vegan cheese that I've had,

  • it's kind of less intimidating now.

  • Megan: So, finally, Harry,

  • I think the million-dollar question:

  • Has your meatless journey today

  • prompted you to take the plunge

  • and become a full plant-based eater?

  • Harry: I'm gonna break your heart, Megan, and say no,

  • because I just really like eating meat.

  • And I don't think there's any shame in that.

  • Megan: No, no shame.

  • Harry: I do accept all the reasons for going vegan,

  • and personally, I would like to eat less meat.

  • So what it has done has really shown me that

  • there are a lot of viable vegan options out there,