If you like spicy foods, you’re going to love this Buffalo Soy Curl Sub! Perfectly textured and flavored soy curls, with lettuce, tomato, and my Vegan Ranch Dressing. What’s not to love?
One of my favorite sandwiches ever is the Buffalo Soy Curl Sub at Sweet Hereafter, one of the fabulous vegan establishments in Portland, Oregon. My daughter agrees. We took her there to celebrate her 21st birthday earlier this year, and she ordered it. She declared it, “…the best sandwich I’ve had at a restaurant, ever!” I could eat it every week, but can’t afford the price of going out every week or the fat calories. So, I set out to create my own.
My very first attempt was incredible! Re-hydrated soy curls marinated in a homemade vegan buffalo sauce, then baked in the oven to obtain a perfect, chewy, meaty texture.
I didn’t think it could get much better than this, but then I experimented with a different cooking method. I was shocked at how good these soy curls were. While I prefer the new method for sandwiches, my original method of baking the soy curls makes a wonderful snack food. See below for my new cooking method.
What are Soy Curls?
Soy curls are an amazing meat substitute product that are made right here in Oregon by Butler Foods. They are made from 100% non-GMO soy beans. The beans are cooked until they’re soft, broken into strands, and dehydrated. To use the soy curls, it is suggested to re-hydrate them in hot water, then cook them in your chosen seasonings or sauces. The soy curl themselves have very little flavor, but take on the flavor of whatever you season them with. They have a texture that is very similar to chicken.
Where Do I Buy Soy Curls?
Here in the Portland area, Butler Soy Curls are sold at Whole Foods, New Seasons, Natural Grocers, and Food Fight. They can also be purchased on Amazon. If you fall in love with soy curls like I did, it’s most economical to buy a bulk box directly through Butler Foods. Be sure to store the soy curls in the refrigerator or freezer, as they can become rancid.
How did I Cook my Buffalo Soy Curls?
While the recommendation for cooking soy curls is to re-hydrate them in hot water before cooking, I wondered how it would work to just dump the dry soy curls in the slow cooker with my buffalo sauce and some water and cook them for a few hours.
Well, let me tell you, they turned out better than I could have imagined! They have the perfect texture! They’re savory, spicy, tender but “meaty”.
So simple! Just put the dry soy curls in a slow cooker. Mix up the sauce ingredients in a bowl or jar and then pour it over the soy curls. Add 3 1/2 cups of water and stir everything together. The liquid level should be just a little over the top of the soy curls. Cook the soy curls in the slow cooker on high for about 3 hours. Then enjoy!
I checked a few stores for whole wheat sandwich rolls, but no luck. So I used sourdough baguettes for these sandwiches. I added lettuce, tomato, and my Vegan Ranch Dressing for an out of this world sandwich!
These soy curls have just the right amount of spice for my taste, but feel free to adjust the amount of red sauce to your taste. I hope you love this sandwich as much as I do. Let me know what you think.
Here are more delicious vegan sandwiches!
- Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- Quinoa & Black Bean Burger
- Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwich
- Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Panini
- BBQ Soy Curl Sandwich
- Vegan Sloppy Lentils
- TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, & Tomato) Sandwich
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Buffalo Soy Curl Subs
- 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 3/4 cup soy milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Buffalo Soy Curls
- 1 8 oz pack Butler Soy Curls
- 1 recipe Buffalo Sauce (above)
- 3 cups Water
- 6 Sub sandwich rolls
- Buffalo Soy Curls
- Sliced Tomato
- Vegan Ranch Dressing
- Combine all ingredients in a pint jar and shake until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Buffalo Soy Curls
- Place the soy curls, buffalo sauce and water in a slow cooker and stir together. I used my 3 quart cooker.
- Cook on high setting for about 3 hours.
To Assemble the Sandwiches
- Toast the sandwich rolls under the broiler.
- Remove from oven and pile on the soy curls.
- Add tomato slices and lettuce leafs.
- Drizzle with a generous amount of Vegan Ranch Dressing.
Nutrition calculations are approximate.