If you are trying to cut down on eating meat for health reasons, or are already a vegetarian, the Astig Vegan blog is a great resource. Philippines native RG Enriquez, now a resident of San Francisco, created it to educate people about vegan Filipino recipes. “In my heart, I truly believe that Filipino food can be vegan, healthy, and delicious – without losing its soul,” she says.
Everything on her blog is appealing. But her approach to creating a mouth-watering vegetarian peanut kare-kare stew really caught our eye. “Kare-kare is a classic and beloved Filipino stew made of meat and vegetables in thick and creamy peanut sauce, traditionally with shrimp paste (bagoong) and rice on the side,” she explains.
How she adapts that to a vegan dish is nothing less than magical. Her ingredients include 1 banana blossom bud, fresh (canned, which is ready to use, can be substituted), 2 eggplants, 1 cup peanuts, toasted and ground to a powder, bok choy, and other special additions that help explain why her recipes are so popular.