Following on from our review earlier in the year of Oumph’s range of meat substitutes we are pleased to say this new company have gone from strength to strength. Oumph’s Spiced Kebab has recently been awarded PETA UK’s Best Vegan Meat award and deservedly so. With an excellent taste and texture which appeals to both vegans and meat eaters, Oumph is versatile and easy to cook. No wonder it has been so popular!
Oumph! is sold frozen and is currently available in Tesco, Whole Foods Market, independent stores across the UK and coming soon to Holland & Barrett.
I was excited to hear that Oumph were adding to their range recently with a new pizza and ‘meat’ launch. This is the full list of products available from the Swedish brand in the UK.
- Pulled Oumph! – The top seller! Oumph! chunks in a flavourful BBQ sauce – delicious in tacos or burgers.
- Oumph! Kebab Spiced – Oumph! strips seasoned with a classic kebab spice mix – just add fresh vegetables and sauces to create your own plant-based kebab.
- Oumph! The Chunk – This is unseasoned for those who like to add their own herbs, spices and creativity to a dish. The Chunk contains only soya beans, water and a little salt.
- Oumph! Salty & Smoky – With its salty, smoky and slightly sweet taste Oumph! Salty & Smoky is a perfect partner for brunch, served with American pancakes, or in a bagel. Try it with a full English breakfast, or in an Oumph! ‘O.L.T.’
- Oumph! Italian Style pizza – inspired by Italy with semi-dried tomatoes, rocket, thyme and garlic seasoned Oumph!, and organic and plant-based cheese. The pizza base is hand-stretched and baked in a wood-fired brick oven.
We tried out the pizza and the Salty and Smoky so we could fully cover all of Oumph’s products!
A list of stockists for the Italian Style Pizza can be found here as it isn’t available at all Tesco stores yet. We tried 5 different places – even ones on the list – before we managed to find one. Not sure if it’s demand or the fact deliveries/distribution are at play here. It has to be said that we weren’t expecting much given that many of the store bought vegan pizzas we’ve tried recently have not been up to much.
The pizza is frozen and looked like this when I took it out of the plastic wrap. We normally go for Margherita style pizzas so trying something with ‘meat’ pieces on is not something we’d usually eat. I wondered how the Oumph was going to work, especially being cooked in the oven.
This is the finished product. Oumph have really knocked it out of the park as their Italian Style Pizza is the best vegan pizza we’ve tried off the shelf so far. The base isn’t gluten free so is pillowy soft and the dairy free cheese isn’t overpowering. At £3.99 it also isn’t too expensive. I’d rather not pay £5+ for a pizza that feeds one person when I can knock up my own.
I’m not as keen on Salty and Smoky as I hoped, feeling that the flavours were quite subtle. I used it in a vegan Carbonara and thought that it was more like The Chunk than a replacement for bacon. Perhaps using it as a BLT sandwich filling may work better? That said, its texture is satisfying, especially when you are eating with non-vegans like my son.
We hope the brand goes from strength to strength and it shows how the demand for vegan products has grown in the last year alone.
Thanks for reading,