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GREEN BUT FILIPINO, BUKO PANDAN

Something green was what came to my mind when I was brainstorming for my next recipe. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I wanted the recipe to be helpful for people looking for something to serve or eat for the Irish holiday. I don’t know any Irish dishes but I do know…

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PATOLA SOUP WITH TEMPEH

Vegan Filipino: Patola Soup with Tempeh

For those who are not familiar with the vegetable, patola, you are missing out (especially with soups)! Patola, also known as Loofa Squash/Snake Gourd/Sponge Gourd/Chinese Okra, is a kind of vegetable gourd that is popular in Filipino soups. The patola vegetable has a dark green skin on the outside and tender, light green flesh inside.…

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Vegan Filipino: Tempeh Adobo with Kang-kong

Adobo is undeniably one of the most popular Filipino dishes out there. It’s a Filipino food staple recognized for its seasonings. To those unfamiliar with the dish, Adobo is basically a marinate of different sauces and seasonings such as soy sauce, vinegar, black pepper, and garlic. For my version, I’m incorporating a new vegan favorite:…

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Vegan Filipino: Summer Grilling: Vegan Isaw

(oyster mushrooms and vegan hotdogs on the grill). Summer is for grilling, so when I heard that the joint party for my mom and my niece’s birthday will be held at a park, I decided to make my grilled vegan Isaw. Isaw (pronounced “ee-sao”) is a popular Filipino street food. Sometimes it’s made of pig…

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Part V: Vegan Finds: Wabi-Sabi Ramen House, Makati City, Philippines

I would love to introduce to you an all veg ramen house in the Philippines called Wabi-Sabi, Vegetarian Restaurant and Grocery Store. Wabi-Sabi is located at “The Collective“, a warehouse-turned-hip commercial area in Makati City, where superniche, superlocal, superartisanal stores and galleries reign supreme. It’s where you’ll find stores celebrating alternative lifestyles-including the vegan lifestyle.…

Shiitake Mung Bean Stew aka Munggo Guisado

Mung Bean Stew or “Munggo Guisado” in Tagalog, is a popular hearty stew in the Philippines. It usually comes with fried chunks of pork.  Both TJ and I have created vegan versions of this dish (in fact, our Twitter profile pic is TJ’s version of it). With my version, I’ve removed the animal products and…

Scenes from “I Heart HR” Dinner Fundraiser

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to cook for a dinner party by non-profit organizations, SF CHIRP and BAYAN USA.  The event is called “I heart HR”, a Valentines Day themed dinner party benefiting human rights advocacy in the Philippines and the victims of Tyhpoon Sendong. Here are some scenes from the party: Congratulations…