It all started during a trip to Malaysia when I visited family I hadn’t seen in years. Little did I know I would discover a recipe that had been in my family for decades.
Many of my family members are vegetarian Buddhists. Because of their diet, they craved snacks that not only tasted great but also had a satisfying texture.
They found that mushrooms were a great replacement for meat. Not only do they have a satisfying flavor and texture, mushrooms are also a natural sources of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
Traveling to Malaysia was an opportunity to discover my family's history and traditions, which of course involves food.
This opened my eyes to an incredible culture that has been using innovative ingredients and cooking techniques to create foods that mimic the taste and texture of meat.
From Malaysia to
the Pacific Northwest
I knew that his family had something special he needed to share with the rest of the world.
While working full time as an engineer, my enthusiasm for developing the product never waned. For months I developed, tested, and iterated on my family recipe from my kitchen in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2018, I officially launched Pan's Mushroom Jerky in four delicious flavors, all inspired by my family's original recipe and their desire for a satisfying plant-based snack.
Today, Pan's Mushroom Jerky is produced in Portland, Oregon and is available in over 1000 stores in the United States. We are so grateful for all of the support we've received, and we hope you fall in love with this unique and tasty snack just as I did!
From my family to yours,
Michael Pan & The Pan Family