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Are Prawn Crackers vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Prawn crackers are often accompanied with your favourite chinese takeaway, but are they vegan? Find out here.

A little info about prawn crackers

You’ll be surprised to learn that prawn crackers aren’t Chinese but rather Indonesian in origin and have been around as early as the 10th Century. They then spread to across Asia, and are also popular in Malaysia and in subsequent centuries becoming loved around the world. Although they are eaten as a snack in China, it is not common for it to be served at restaurants as it is in the UK. 

Are prawn crackers vegan?

Unfortunately they aren’t; as the name suggests, prawn crackers contain prawn flavouring. They also often contain egg, used as a binding agent for the tapioca flour which is used in the crackers.

There are also, unfortunately, no vegan alternatives to prawn crackers to be found in shops or online (it's clearly a gap in the market so if anyone’s feeling entrepreneurial and wants to create this, please do!). The closest alternative, though very random to have alongside your next chow mein order, would be a packet of Skips. Skips are surprisingly completely vegan, and they are also prawn-flavoured. 

Wondering if any more snacks are vegan? Let us know in the comments.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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