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Posted September 29th, 2012 - 8:25 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Hey all,

So I've been in Vienna for almost a month now, and I've been to bazillion super markets (billa, hofer, spar, biomarkt, and others). I've also reviewed the posts from this group AND asked around, but I can't seem to figure out where all produce and the good vegan products are.

At a majority of the supermarkets I'm visiting in the 6th and 7th districts, the produce section is a bit pathetic, offering only a handful of types of fruits and vegetables. I also haven't been able to find nutritional yeast, vital wheat gluten, vegan cheese or seitan. I did, however, find an asian grocery store on zieglergasse with cheep tempeh AND tofu.

So, where does one find all these good vegan products?

Thanks,
Casandra

Posted September 29th, 2012 - 8:40 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
If you don't like the fresh produce from the supermarkets you could always try the "farmers'" markets though you'll find few farmers there and the selection of vegetables is not so different. I assume you are familiar with Naschmarkt (between Linke/Rechte Wienzeile and districts 6/4), Brunnenmarkt in the 16th district can also be nice (less posh).

The best if not cheapest source for vegan cheese replacement is Formosa Foods in Barnabitengasse (rectangular to the right from Mariahilferstrasse at Haydn Kino and that small market near the church, the shop is near the end almost in sight of Apollo cinema and the Flak tower with the Haus des Meeres). Mail order is cheaper but doesn't provide instant gratification ;-)

Nutritional yeast in 101 forms is definitely available from all the biomarkets.

And I'll have to visit that Asian shop in Zieglergasse you mention again - I think I know which one but haven't been there in ages and didn't realise they sold tempeh, I've been looking for an affordable source for ages.

Wheat gluten is sold in almost all the supermarkets (*Spar, Merkur, Billa) as "Seitan", though it doesn't come cheap.

Cheers,
Alexander

Posted September 29th, 2012 - 8:53 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Alexander,

Awesome! I'll definitely check out Brunnenmarkt and Formosa Foods.

Quick question on the Seitan/vital wheat gluten. What I'm looking for is the gluten flour that you mix with whatever you like to make seitan. Do you happen to know if it's this flour they sell or is it premade seitan? Aaaaalso, can you tell me the names for nutritional yeast and vital wheat gluten in German? Maybe I've totally seen them, but just couldn't tell?

Cheers,
Casandra

Posted September 29th, 2012 - 9:05 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Hey Casandra,

Sorry, I misunderstood about the wheat gluten, I'm afraid I haven't seen the flour anywhere on shelves (doesn't mean it's not there - actually a quick search for Glutenmehl turns up a vegan.at posting claiming that it can be had from bakeries), only the ready-made seitan. However I know that you can buy it via mail order, too - for example the Seitan manufacturer near the place my parents live makes the Seitan from that (although as a reincarnated 70s eco freak I have always been wondering why they can't make whole meal seitan. Oh, wait, I was actually born in the 70s).

Yeast is "Hefe" in German. The flaky nutritional variety in my cupboard carries the pompous title "Reine Bierhefe".

Posted September 30th, 2012 - 12:15 pm from Vienna, Austria
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Posted September 30th, 2012 - 12:30 pm from Vienna, Austria
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Posted September 30th, 2012 - 4:10 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
THANKS GUYS!!