Sisig is a traditional Kapampangan “pulutan,” a dish that goes well with an alcoholic drink. This vegan version tastes just like the original except you can make this in half the time. Top with a vegan fried egg for an authentic sisig experience.
Cassava Cake is a classic Filipinx dessert made from grated cassava. This classic Filipinx treat is the perfect snack or dessert.
Adobo sa Gata
Adobo with pineapple is another delicious variation on the classic Filipinx adobo! With tempeh cubes, juicy pineapple chunks and a sweet and salty sauce, it’s perfect with steamed rice!
Puto Bumbong Rice Cakes
Puto Bumbong is a Philippine street food that is traditionally steamed in bamboo tubes and served during the holiday season.
The Food Empowerment Project team (including two very proud Pinays!*) created VeganFilipinoFood.com as a way to share flavors from the Philippine Islands with vegans and the vegan-curious.
Vegans avoid animal ingredients such as “meat,” sea life, eggs, dairy, and honey, all of which are products of suffering and exploitation. Fortunately, many foods from the Philippines are packed with flavorful spices, fruits, and vegetables and are just as delicious without the use of animal-based ingredients.
Before being colonized and named “the Philippines,” the archipelago was diverse in distinct cultures and languages. Prior to 300 years of Spanish colonization, Japanese occupation, and (ongoing) U.S. imperialism, the islands had already been trading with merchants from all over Asia, and over thousands of years, the Philippines was forever changed by foreign influence. Modern Filipinx identity, traditions, and diet have thus developed to be both fiercely resilient as well as open to adaptation. Filipinx culture places a high value on caring for our community and for the land that sustains us. By bringing a vegan spotlight to Filipinx cuisine, we hope to carry our traditions of growth, compassion, and respect for the environment into the 21st century.
Now, enjoy delicious versions of some of your favorite Filipinx dishes—or try new ones!
Thanks to everyone who contributed recipes for this site.
Kain na tayo! (Let’s eat!)
*Done with the help of the brilliant, Theresa E., who is currently living with the Lumads in Mindanao, fighting to protect the rights of indigenous peoples.