It keeps for a long time, does not have to be chilled and is packed with sating protein. The two leading brands which are also available to us Hongkis are the brands Epic and Tanka. So I ordered both to see which would win over my palate
EPIC - Bison with Bacon and Cranberries
TANKA - Buffalo Meat with Cranberries
*shipping based on iHerb's cheapes option: International Airmail
Finally I get to use the word mouthfeel! Always wanted to use it since I heard the term explained in an episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine. I declare Epic as my favourite in taste and mouthfeel. It tastes like it has been prepared in a kitchen as it reminds me a bit of a juicy meatloaf. As you can see the in the picture the consistency is a bit more coarse and I felt like I was eating real meat. The Tanka bar is as moist but because it seem that the ingredient have been blended to a mush and pressed into a flat-ish bar, it tastes a bit lubricated. Still the pressed consistency of the Tanka bar does come in handy when you are in a hurry and on the go. Unlike the Epic bar the Tanka bar does not crumble and may therefore be a better snack for kids.
The smaller and compact size of the Tanka bar makes it a less-messy snack for kids and a nice addition for the lunch-box. For adults Tanka bars are indeed more suitable as snack. Because of it's lower fat and protein content I found it light enough that I could eat it one hour before a workout without fearing the meaty burp.
An Epic bar together with a handful of nuts would serve me as a small meal on those days when I do not have much time and do not want to skip lunch. Was surprised to find out that one Epic bar has almost as much protein as a Weightwatcher's frozen ready made meal. So Epic-bar-nuts-combination has become my standard paleo RME, tasty and nutritious.
The quick verdict:
- Epic for taste, mouthfeel and satiety
- Tanka for price, lightness and is less-messy