Adam Hamdani: This year, I’m giving up meat and dairy. That’s right, I am going to be that annoying vegan who can’t stop talking about being vegan. I hope you enjoy the ride

Adam Hamdani: This year, I’m giving up meat and dairy. That’s right, I am going to be that annoying vegan who can’t stop talking about being vegan. I hope you enjoy the ride

I have a confession: I might have eaten chicken a couple of weeks ago.
But I didnt mean to and Im still not sure if I actually did.
I went to Megans restaurant in Kensington with two colleagues and immediately knew what I wanted to order, the posh deconstructed plant-based chickn with piri piri and coconut yoghurt. Megans is a picturesque, Instagrammable sort of place which prides itself on presentation.
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The chickn lived up to expectation. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. Theres just one problem: I think it might have been actual chicken. I took one bite and thought this is too good to be true. Even my meat-eating colleagues were confused. I felt too nervous to ask the waiting staff and potentially look silly or, rather, admit to myself that I had messed up so early into my new diet/challenge.
To be honest, I carried on eating it and didnt really look back. It was that good.
I ran a poll on my Instagram the same day to see what people thought, was it chicken or chickn? Around 60% voted for the latter. I quizzed my colleagues: most said they thought it wasnt real meat. But were they being honest or just trying to make me feel better?
Maybe with that one, Im safe. I suppose the ultimate test will be going back and ordering it again. If its the same dish, Im safe if not then Ill probably never admit it to anyone.
Ive included a picture of the food above  let me know what you think it is. You might have had it yourself and can help dispel my guilty feeling.
I came across a similar issue when I ate out at SpiceBox last week if you havent been, you need to go, whether youre vegan or not.
Its a vegan-only restaurant so I didnt need to ask the question, but one of the dishes was so good even our table neighbours made a comment to me that she couldnt tell the difference.
It reassured me that maybe the chicken at Megans really was chickn. Maybe I havent broken my pledge after all.
So why hasnt the guilty feeling left me?

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