Born and raised in a Filipino household in Phoenix, I grew up eating my grandma’s delicious traditional Filipino dishes. From adobo to lechon and pancit—you name it, I ate it. As a second-generation Filipina-American in a meat-eating family, I saw cows, chickens, and pigs as food—that is, until I started learning about animal rights and vegan living through literature and documentaries.
The more I educated myself on animal rights issues, the more motivated I became to change the way that I ate for my health, the planet, and, of course, animals. In September 2015, I finally decided to go vegan. And after discovering delicious meat alternatives, I learned that I didn’t have to sacrifice my favorite childhood foods, flavor, or nutrition to go vegan!
There are plenty of ways to “veganize” traditional Filipino dishes. Here are some of my favorite vegan versions, which are actually more satisfying and healthful:
#vegan Lumpia, what I made and brought to the #bayareaveganpotluck last Sunday. I forgot the dipping but people didn't seem to mind ☺️ I usually go overboard with portions but not this year (after my Pancit ordeal at last year's potluck ? -I talked about it on the blog). But now I wished I made more because the Lumpia was gone fast! I'm glad people enjoyed though ? Looking forward to next year's potluck! ? #astigvegan ? #filipinovegan ?? #whatveganseat ? #veganfilipino ?
This vegan recipe is super-easy! Not all lumpia wrappers are vegan, though, so remember to check the ingredients on the package.
Vegan Pancit Palabok
Where there’s a will, there’s a way to eat pancit! This vegan version of the Filipino noodle dish is more mouthwatering than the traditional recipe.
Vegan Lechon Paksiw
#Vegan Lechon Paksiw. Recipe is now up on the blog astigvegan.com Lechon Paksiw is a sweet and savory Filipino dish made of leftover Lechon (roasted pork). This vegan version is easy, simple, cruelty-free, inexpensive, and definitely much healthier. Best enjoyed with a side of rice (make it a brown or red rice for a healthier version). #kainnaletseat #vegan #astigvegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #filipinofoodmovement #filipinovegan #veganfilipino #veganblog #veganrecipe #pinoyvegan #pinayvegan #veganpinoy #veganpinay #filipinofood #veganlechonpaksiw
Vegan lechon does exist. Masarap! (“Delicious!”)
There are also lots of restaurants that serve vegan versions of traditional Filipino food—here are a few located in California:
Tribal Cafe in Los Angeles
Tribal Cafe offers a vegan chicken adobo sandwich, known as the “Coral Bleaching,” which is absolutely delicious and packed with a variety of nutritious veggies.
Crème Caramel in Los Angeles
Last call for Thanksgiving treat orders! Place your order online, at the shop, or on the phone and pick up on Wednesday. (We are closed on Thanksgiving day. ? ???) Don't forget your #vegan friends and grab some chia puddings too!) #Repost @onwardjella with @repostapp ・・・ 10.16.16 Ube chia pudding ?✌?️@creme_caramel_la #ube
This bakeshop in Sherman Oaks custom-makes vegan custards that feature the popular Filipino ingredient “ube” (purple yam).
No Worries Cuisine in San Francisco
This fully vegan food truck brings its Filipino flavors all over the Bay Area.
We all have the power to help animals.
People from all cultures can be animal rights and vegan activists simply by making the switch to plant-based eating. And given the variety of vegan Filipino food options out there, being a vegan Filipina-American is indeed awesome!