This section is a listings directory by cuisine type of recipes for vegans which will introduce you to new and exciting cuisines to spice up your meal times.
Philippine Vegan Recipes >
See below our index of Philippine recipes that are suitable for vegans, and more information on Philippine food below:
Background on Philippine Food
The cuisine of the Philippines has been strongly influenced by neighbouring countries as well as former colonial rulers. Chinese and Malay influences are instantly recognisable in most Filipino family dishes, as is Spanish culinary tradition from Spain's rule in the Philippines from the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. Then in most major towns and cities, you'll also find typical American-style fast food joints and Japanese restaurants.
China brought soy sauce to the Philippine shores, as well as tofu and bean sprouts. Stir fry dishes are often of Chinese origin. Spring rolls (lumpia), congee (arroz caldo) and chop suey (ask for it without fish/oyster sauce) are 3 Philippine vegan dishes that came from China. Malay culinary influence brought the Philippines curry (kare-kare) and rice dumplings (puso). Spain (and by extension, Mexico) brought chilli peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and onions. Caldereta, paella, afritada and puchero are some popular Philipine recipes that originate from Spain.
Dishes of the Philippines have a strong regional slant too, some popular vegetarian recipes include: Sinigang (sour tamarind based soup), Guisado (sautéed with garlic, onions and/or tomatoes), Pancit Bihon (mung bean noodles), Sinangag (garlic fried rice), Champorado (chocolate rice porridge), Hopia (a type of pastry), Puto (steamed rice cake), Palitaw (rice patties). Common vegetables include water spinach (kangkong), cabbage, tomato, onion, cassava, yard-long beans, potato and taro; and common fruits include mango, coconut, calamansi (a type of citrus fruit), banana, papaya and guava. As in most Asian countries, rice is the staple food.
The Philippines can be a very challenging place to visit as a vegan since most dishes include meat, fish, fish sauce or oyster sauce. Even innocuous menu dishes such as 'Baked Beans' can shock the unaware diner by being mixed with small pieces of pork. We hope to bring you more vegan Philippine recipes soon.
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