Sophie’s Bionutrients Gives Dragon Boat Festival A Healthy and Sustainable Twist with Rice Dumplings Stuffed with Microalgae ‘Meat’

    SINGAPORE, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophie's Bionutrients, a next-generation sustainable urban food production technology company, has tied up with established Taiwanese food company Hsin Tung Yang to produce rice dumplings (zongzi) stuffed with 'meat' made from microalgae suitable for vegetarians. 

    The Microalgae Plant Meat Rice Dumplings gives the time-honoured tradition of tucking into rice dumplings to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival a wholesome and environmentally-friendly twist. 

    Hsin Tung Yang's first meat-free rice dumpling made in partnership with Sophie's Bionutrients
    Hsin Tung Yang's first meat-free rice dumpling made in partnership with Sophie's Bionutrients


    Instead of minced pork, the pyramid-sized parcels of steamed brown glutinous rice are stuffed with chunks of the alternative meat, three types of mushroom – Lion's Mane, King Oyster and Shiitake, all wrapped up in traditional bamboo leaves. 

    Nutritional value-wise, Hsin Tung Yang's meat-free rice dumpling boasts:

    • Nine essential amino acids, including histidine and leucine, vital for producing proteins and tissue repair and Vitamin B.
    • Each dumpling features the same amount of amino acid found in a 50g serving of uncooked salmon. 
    • Unlike some conventional meat-based rice dumplings, this plant-based version is free from hormones and antibiotics. 

    From Idea to Finished Product

    The Microalgae Plant Meat Rice Dumplings features plant-based and sustainable alternative protein from Sophie's Bionutrients proprietary strain of protein-rich single-cell, microalgae flour. 

    To achieve a chewy and succulent meat-like consistency, the microalgae flour is extruded into crumbs of textured protein in a high heat and pressure process. The crumbs are then shaped into minced chunks of meat seasoned with spices including Sichuan pepper, fennel, sesame oil, and ginger before being shaped into the rice dumplings. 

    "We want to broaden the unlimited food possibilities that microalgae offer. Through this collaboration with Hsin Tung Yang, we want to show that this includes traditional food products, such as rice dumplings - and not just the usual burger patties and nuggets commonly found in the alternative meat market. This stand-out product presents new opportunities for microalgae to be used as an ingredient in Asian dishes and is a sustainable way to keep heritage food alive," said Eugene Wang, Co-Founder & CEO of Sophie's Bionutrients.

    The partnership also marks Hsin Tung Yang's foray into producing plant-based food. The company, founded in 1967, has a wide variety of food products, ranging from meat jerky, meat floss and Chinese sausages to noodles. 

    "We are excited to expand our range by working with Sophie's Bionutrients on this Microalgae Plant Meat Rice Dumpling. Over the years, consumers are becoming more health and environment-conscious. By using microalgae, we hope to carve out a niche in the traditional foods market with a product that is inclusive and allows everyone to take part in celebrations while reducing the carbon footprint," said Shen-Yang Mai, Managing Director/ President of Hsin Tung Yang. 

    Dragon Boat Festival

    Dragon Boat Festival, which is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, falls on June 14 this year and is widely celebrated by Chinese communities across APAC. The rice dumplings, which were launched in early May, can be bought online and in retail stores in Taiwan. 

    The dumplings received the highest rating for the plant-based option category in the Rice Dumpling Championship by Apple Daily. 

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    About Sophie's Bionutrients

    Sophie's Bionutrients is a B2B food technology company set on unleashing the limitless possibilities of nature. We aim to restore our planet and eliminate food allergies by creating plant-based, protein-rich alternatives to meat and seafood using microalgae – the mother of all food and plant life. In 2021, Sophie's Bionutrients won MassChallenge Switzerland's Sustainable Food Systems Award and is set to open its first urban protein production facility in Singapore in 2021.

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