Riya poked at the dish with her fork, half expecting it to turn and glare at her.

“Riya, eat the food!” She raised her eyes and saw her dad looking at her pointedly. Between gritted teeth, he continued, “We’re guests here. Learn to behave.”

Scowling, she forced a smile and shot a glance at her host, Mrs. Mehra, who had an anxious look on her face. “It’s vegetarian, Riya. You can eat it.”

“Doesn’t look like it,” muttered Riya grumpily.

“Oh, that’s because it’s made of soya! It’s a vegetarian meatball. Tastes exactly like chicken, right down to the texture!”


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An Oxymoron rendered in micro-fiction.

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19 thoughts on “Vegetarian- #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. Another oxymoron that comes to my mind now is: vegetarian tandoori! It’s made with cauliflower. And as you can expect, I’m not the type of person who would eat a vegetarian tandoori without a fuss 😛 #PureNonVeg 🙈

  2. I remember the first time I had soya chunks, I felt the same too! Ever since, I have switched to soya granules and flour, but haven’t been able to embrace the chunks yet! Great choice of an oxymoron!

  3. Awww, Riya!

    Never been a fan of soya chunks, as protein-rich as they may be. Reminds me of that ad where the vegetarians hesitate in front of the dish titled “kidney beans” and “eggplant”

  4. Hahaha what an oxymoron 😂😂Ever since I stopped eating meat I see mock-meat dishes available in most Malaysian restaurant. And some how they make it taste exactly like chicken. But I wonder why… Why bother 😛

  5. Ha! I remember once happily biting into vegetarian meatballs and loudly proclaiming – there’s something off about this chicken! What I didn’t know was our hosts were pure vegetarians. (Thankfully I was a kid at the time, so I could get away with it) 😉

  6. That’s another modern thing I don’t understand… Why some vegetarians want their meals look as non-vegetarians?!?

  7. Thank you so much, Gail! What a lovely thing to hear. I am touched you read all the posts 🙂 Will definitely consider the e-book suggestion!

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