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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…

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Vegan Wine and Cheese with Friends

  Over the weekend, my friends, Jen, Rosie, Laura, and I got together for some vegan wine and cheese at Jen’s place in the city. The idea came from Jen who said she bought cheese from Door 86 that she’d like to share with us. The vegan cheese: Brie, Sriracha Cheddar, Gruyere, and Candied Lemon, were all…

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Vegan Bicol Express Recipe

No it’s not fast food because it’s called “Express”, although it’s pretty simple to make. Bicol Express is a delicacy popularized by the Philippine province of Bicol, where you’ll find tons of delicious, spicy coconut curry dishes. My vegan version cuts back the cooking time because you don’t have to worry about cooking pork. You…

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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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Filipinos’ Ultimate Favorite Breakfast Food, Veganized!

For the American palate, fried breakfast food means bacon, eggs, and toast. For the Filipino palate, fried breakfast food means Tapsilog. The word itself, Tapsilog, is made up of the combined phrases of the three components you’ll find in the dish:  “Tap-” for “Tapa” or seasoned beef, “si-” for “Sinangag” or garlic fried rice, and…

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Menudo 2.0

Filipino Menudo is a stew of hearty ingredients like garbanzo beans, potatoes, carrots, hotdog, pork, and liver.  For my 2nd vegan version of menudo, I stayed away from using processed and pre-seasoned mock meats.  I used plain wheat gluten, which I got from an Asian store. I chopped the gluten like croutons, fried them, and…

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(Almost) Raw Vegan Mango Pie

The new year has proved to be testing so far. I got a new job plus some video projects on the side. I also live back and forth between San Francisco and Hayward.  Life has been hectic. But when my friends invited me for a long overdue (vegan) get-together, I couldn’t resist saying yes and…

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Growing Mushrooms at Home

Mushrooms are great for veganizing many traditional dishes. I’ve used mushrooms to veganize my Filipino dishes including Adobo, Isaw, Paella, Escargot, Pusit, and many more.  So, you could just imagine the joy in my eyes when I got two mushroom growing kits for the holidays! My sister and brother-in-law grow their own food and are big advocates of gardening and…

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.…