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Savory Spicy Bilo Bilo

Not so long ago, I did a video on how to make the traditionally vegan Filipino dessert, Ginataang Bilo Bilo or Chewy Mochi Balls in Coconut Milk. The delicacy is known to be sweet, filled with chewy mochi balls, sweet yams, tapioca pearls, jackfruit, and saba bananas. After cooking a pot, I had few leftover ingredients. Instead of making…

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Scenes from the “Sariwa” Filipino Food Pop-up

When Aileen Suzara of Kitchen Kwento emailed me an advance invitation to her upcoming Filipino Food Pop-up event, I knew I had to buy my tickets right away. I had a feeling it will sell out. Sure enough, it did and within just a couple of weeks of the announcement.  I was relieved I was able to…

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The Complete Adobo Series

There’s more than one way to veganize Adobo. You could use tofu, tempeh, kale, mushrooms, kangkong, etc. As long as your Adobo has tons of garlic and soy sauce or vinegar, or all three of them, then you have yourself an Adobo dish or Adobo rendition. Adding some fat from refined coconut oil wouldn’t hurt…

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Astig Vegan’s Private Screening

I invited some of my friends to get together and watch the launch of the Astig Vegan Cooking Show. The event was a celebration over some food featured in the show, such as the Adobo dishes,  Palabok (next week’s episode), and Bibingka (one of the future episodes). And because my friends are awesome, they also brought…

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Vegan Adobong Kangkong, Part 1 of the Adobo Series

I’m both thrilled and nervous to launch my cooking videos to the universe, but I’ll be brave! Episode 1 features Adobong Kangkong, one of the easiest vegan Filipino recipes. It’s one of the 3 of my Adobo Series. I hope you could check it out-or better yet, give the recipe a try :) If you have any…

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Astig Vegan, The Cooking Show

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be launching a cooking show on YouTube! I realize that it’s no longer enough to tell how my recipes are made, but to show them as well. I’ve been inspired by the people following and recreating my recipes and I think it would do more justice to their effort…

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Simple Lentil Tagalog

There you are in front of your pantry, looking for something to cook or eat. You’ve looked shelf by shelf but nothing is available except canned vegetables, particularly peas and corn. The fridge may be better but alas, nothing but water and some wilted leftover from three days ago. Okay, maybe I’m describing my situation but I think…