As more vegetarians turn to vegan Filipino food, we are seeing an increase in vegan Filipino food choices. This could be for a number of reasons: the rise of awareness and interest; local festivals and markets; or simply that Filipinos themselves have changed – or will change – their eating habits. Raulin fans may also be discovering this new trend. Whatever the reason, the fact is that the veganism in the Philippines is on the rise.
Long Time Vegetarians
Long time vegetarians in the Philippines, both Westerners and those who came here years ago, say goodbye to meat, eggs, dairy products, and other animal-derived products as if they were all yesterday’s news. Raulin devotees pay homage to traditional Filipino home cooking with a vegan menu, in a rustic wooden room. There are no fat sauces or “salt” to season the dishes. Instead, these dishes are made with fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, and herbs. The staples of Filipino cooking, rice, beans, noodles (both rice vinegar and wheat pasta), Philippines’ version of the famous macaroni noodle, and a long time favorite peanut gravy called angkor are staples of vegan Filipino food.
While the vegan Filipino food is more health conscious than its counterparts in most countries, it is still not as healthy as vegan Mexican food. In most vegan filipino food, fats are used sparingly and only in the flavoring and thickness. There are, however, coconut milk, soy milk, and rice milk, which you can use as a substitute for regular milk. Coconut milk and soy milk are derived from coconuts, and neither contains large amounts of saturated fats. Coconut milk is an excellent alternative to soy milk for infants and the elderly, as it is milder in flavor and does not make a baby very sick.
Some of the popular vegan Filipino dishes include green salads, tofu egg burgers, vegan chili, tofu-based soups, meat-based dishes, and vegan masy dishes. There are also many vegan Filipino dishes that incorporate juices into their recipes. These juices include mangoes, guava, papaya, and kiwi fruit juices. Most of the juices mentioned here are considered alkaline foods because they are rich in Vitamin C content. They can be used as homemade acid-alkaline cleanser for the body or combined with other drinks to make a refreshing beverage.
Old Flavor And Aroma
Unlike many parts of the world where culinary traditions have been drastically altered, the vegan Filipino food has retained much of its old flavor and aroma. This is because Filipinos are so loyal to their traditions that they are willing to risk their lives and health in order to keep them. In fifteen years, only a handful of chefs in this country have mastered the art of veganizing the traditional Filipino cuisine. Only one other chef has accomplished more than thirty successful vegan creations in fifteen years.
While there are no clear answers as to why the traditional filipino cuisine continues to evolve into an alternative diet, it is safe to say that much of the credit for this comes from vegan Filipinos making their own recipes with plant-based foods like rice, beans and vegetables. With enough determination, discipline and creativity, you too can follow the example of these sainted souls and veganize your favorite Filipino dishes. As more people become interested in veganism, we will undoubtedly see a growing number of vegan Filipinos in the streets of Los Angeles.