Hello and welcome to my blog, Astig Vegan!
My name is RG Enriquez.
“Astig” is a Tagalog word for tough, unique, or gutsy. I look at vegan Filipino food as something “Astig”.
Born and raised in Bacoor Cavite, Philippines, I grew up helping my mother cook traditional Filipino food for the family. I continued my passion for Filipino cooking when my family and I migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. Few years later, I decided to go vegan.
Although I’ve stopped consuming animal products, I haven’t given up on the food I loved so much as a kid. Undeterred, I’ve resolved to go deeper in learning Filipino cuisine as well as sharing my discoveries along the way. My most amazing discovery was that Filipino food can be vegan, healthy, and delicious without losing its soul.
I’m a certified plant-based professional through Rouxbe Cooking School. I’ve appeared in culinary festivals including “Savor Filipino”, at universities and colleges such as Pitzer College, and on television shows such as “Adobo Nation”.
Past Astig Vegan Cooking Demos:
Past and Current Astig Vegan Collaborations: