Author: astigvegan
Astig Means Badass in Tagalog (Filipino Dialect). RG & TJ cook delicacies Astig Vegan.

Vegan Pinangat

Growing up near a beach and a fisherman’s market, my mom would always serve Pinangat for breakfast. Some Pinangat versions call for calamansi or Filipino citrus, others call for coconut milk. I grew up eating the latter. While some folks say they understand why I don’t…

Kare-kare, Vegan

Kare-kare is a Filipino stew with ox tail, tripe, and vegetables in thick peanut sauce. It’s usually served during special occasions perhaps because the procedure is painstakingly delicate. With the help of my mom, we both re-invented Kare-Kare to a vegan dish full of soulful flavor…

Halo-halo, Vegan!

I ran out of ice cream in the fridge, and I found myself craving for something cold and sweet to beat the weather. “What else can I make?” I wondered. “Oh, of course, Halo-halo!” (pronounced ha-loh ha-loh and NOT halo like angel halo). Growing up in…

Kinilaw, the perfect appetizer or pulutan (Raw, Vegan)

Perfect as an appetizer or “pulutan” (beer pairing) Kinilaw or Kilawin is a delicacy often found at Filipino parties with drunk uncles and grandpas…or in this case, here on Foodipino. Kinilaw tastes refreshingly tangy, spicy, and savory. It’s known as the Filipino equivalent of Peru’s Ceviche.  All…

Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon is a classic Filipino noodle dish. It’s pronounced pan-seet bee-hon.  Bihon is a kind of rice noodle. It cooks fast so be sure not to leave it under the boiling water for too long. In fact, making Pancit Bihon is quick and delicious. All you…

Oyster Mushroom Escargot

Makes 4-6 Servings Cooking time: 15-20 minutes INGREDIENTS: 2-3 cups of oyster mushroom 1 cup of coconut milk 1 tbsp garlic, crushed 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 tbsp ginger, julienned 1-2 pcs of long green chili pepper 3-5 pcs of Thai Chili, minced (3 as…

Shiitake 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. With my version, I’ve removed the animal products and added an equally savory component, Shiitake mushrooms. I chose dried ones so I…

Nutella Bibingka

Bibingka is a Filipino rice cake usually known for being cheesy and buttery. You’ll often find it on dinner tables during holidays like Christmas. I planned to make it for a different holiday, Valentines Day. Thankfully, my first run proved to be successful. I was worried at…

Vegan Sopas

  INGREDIENTS: Makes 6 servings 1/2 pack of Spaghetti (or any pasta, e.g. elbow, shell, etc.) 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1/2 onion, chopped 2 tbsp Harvest Vegetarian Broth 1/4 cup celery, thinly sliced 1/4 cup carrots, julienned or in small cubes 1/2 cup cabbage, shredded…

Kalamansi Coconut Risotto

A fusion between Italian and Filipino, Kalamansi Coconut Risotto is a creamy rice dish I like to refer as “the ultimate comfort food”. It calls for simple cooking steps yet results in complex flavors that gradually reveal in every bite. Risotto is traditionally Italian but the…