If you find yourself visiting the Philippines and craving for vegan Filipino Food, then make sure to visit a hip
little city called Quezon City.
Quezon City is one of the (if not the most) vegan-friendly destinations in the Philippines. This is home to many strictly veg establishments, including a family-owned restaurant called “The Vegetarian Kitchen“.
Their vegan Tocino comes with scrambled tofu, fresh veggies, and white rice. Everyone in our table had a bite of this dish and absolutely loved it.
My sister ordered Vegan Kaldereta, a vegan stew with “pork” and vegetables cooked in tomato sauce, coconut milk, and spices. It is served with fried lumpia rolls, peanut sauce (for the lumpia), and white rice. I have to say, this version of Kaldereta is very close to the traditional!
My friend got the Meatless Meatloaf. Yes, The Vegetarian Kitchen serve American dishes too. The veggie meatloaf comes with veggie stir fry and white rice. I wasn’t a big fan of this dish but my friend liked it.
The Vegetarian Kitchen also offers vegan “crab” cakes served on fried rice, with vegan mayo sauce and vegetables on the side. Personally, I love savory food so this was a top pick for me. I’m not sure how close this version is to the original but I could say that this vegan version is good in its own right.
The halfway gone Bibimbap. I guess my camera wasn’t fast enough to take a photo while the vegan Bibimbap presentably lands on our table. This dish is a refreshing break from the feast of veggie meats that we ordered. Apparently, veggie meats are big among vegetarian and vegan Filipinos in the Philippines as most Filipinos love their meat taste and texture. But this Bibimbap is a welcome change and proof that vegetables could be front and center on Filipino plates.
The happy gang:
Quezon City, Philippines
Tue – Sat: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Phone# 3555622 , 09158300511 Email: email@example.com
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