About Astig Vegan


rg at astigvegan

Hello and welcome to my blog, Astig Vegan!

My name is RG Enriquez. I’m a cook and a purveyor of both traditionally vegan and veganized Filipino recipes.

I grew up in Cavite, Philippines until I was 15 years old. As a kid, I would help my mom in the kitchen prepare and cook Filipino dishes for our family. I owe my knowledge and passion for cooking to my mother who had me as her little “sous chef” by her side. Years later, My family and I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I acclimated myself to many diverse cultures and cuisines. I explored different kinds of restaurants and their vegan options and specialties. I learned from both chef friends and foodie friends. I also studied and practiced television broadcasting which later on helped me with my work at Astig Vegan.


My journey to veganism started more than six years ago. I started for health reasons that eventually led to ethical and environmental reasons as well. Luckily, my family and friends fully supported my decision.

Filipino Food is not necessarily the most vegan-friendly cuisine. Historically, the early Filipinos mainly ate aquatic animals, domestic fowls, vegetables, and fruits. Filipinos would eat land animals at special occasions and big gatherings. When Spain colonized the Philippines in the 1500s, Spain introduced the heavy consumption of beef. In the 1950s, the Americans introduced and encouraged the consumption of heavily-processed convenience food such as fast food and canned goods. Today, Filipino food is both figuratively and literally a melting pot of cuisines from different cultures.

Although I don’t eat animal products anymore, I don’t want to give up on the food I loved so much as a kid. Undeterred, I pursued to delve deeper in learning Filipino food as well as sharing my discoveries along the way.

One of these amazing discoveries was that it is possible to achieve delicious, healthy, and vegan Filipino food without losing its soul.

My passion for both vegan Filipino cooking and sharing my recipes led me to blogging on astigvegan.com and a cooking show on YouTube called, “Astig Vegan Cooking“.

I also furthered my education by taking the Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Course, which led me to become a certified plant-based professional.


The meaning behind Astig Vegan

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“Astig” is slang for “Gutsy” or “Badass” in Tagalog (a Filipino dialect).

It’s a word play popularized in the Philippines in the 70s, when then-young generation would flip the syllables to create their own language (“ermats” as in mother, “erpats” father, etc).

“Astig” is slang for “Tig-as”, literally “tough” or “hard”, and is still widely coined by Filipinos to describe something gutsy.

I’d like to look at vegan Filipino cooking as being “Astig”.


Past Astig Vegan Cooking Demos:

savor filipino

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Past and Current Astig Vegan Collaborations: 

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island pacific market



Contact Astig Vegan:

  • http://www.thedailypalette.com Annapet

    Good to “meet” you ladies! I am not vegan, though I have a cousin who is one. When she’s around, I’d like to be able to prepare delicious vegan meals for her.

    • Richgail Enriquez

      What a thoughtful cousin! Glad to meet you too.

  • http://agr8tefulheart.wordpress.com Crissy

    Hi RG! i love your blog.

    • Richgail Enriquez

      Thanks Crissy!

  • http://aditness.tumblr Gladys

    Wow!! finally I found a pinoy-Vegan blog!! hahaha :) i love it :) God bless! ^^

    • Richgail Enriquez

      I’m glad you found me!

  • http://nanaymiriam.wordpress.com nanaymiriam

    Richgail very nice blog and photos too.. have you also tried being raw vegan and do you have a youtube channel?
    we are a Filipino family based in Singapore and is also trying to be mostly vegan

    • Richgail Enriquez

      Hi there!

      I’m glad you like the site. Yes I’ve tried going raw vegan for a week and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You could find that raw post on this blog. Thanks to friend, Charmaine Mercado aka “Raw Manilena”, I was able to find good raw vegan dishes (some are Filipino too!).

      As for the youtube channel, I do have one: youtube.com/rcestudios

      Please feel free to keep in touch. Let me know if you want a recipe featured on this blog or if you have any questions, recipes, suggestions you’d like to share. That’s so awesome that you’re trying vegan dishes! Please keep it up!

      Take Care,

  • http://raynifly.wordpress.com Rayni

    Ohmygosh. You’re the only Filos I know to be vegan too! Well met mates! 😀

    • Richgail Enriquez

      Hi Rayni! I’m glad you found our blog. I’m following you now too :) Yay for Vegan Pinoys! Please keep in touch.

  • http://BearAndRainbow.com Rainbow

    I’m going to have to live there or visit to indulge ourselves at your restaurant…..dream to reality come true for Pinoy vegan food lovers.

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  • http://herbivorousgeek.wordpress.com HerbivorousGeek

    Yum, glad i found your page. I love filipino food :)

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    Hi :) I’ve made a new facebook page if you would like to follow. It can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/HerbivorousGeek1
    Also, if you have one send me the link so i can like it from my page :)

  • http://veggiechica.wordpress.com Veggie Chica

    Hi There. Thank you for existing! As a vegetarian, and honorary pinay, I have searched for ways to still eat Filipino food. Will have to try some of these recipes. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for non-dairy condensed milk recipe and was lucky to find it. Please check out my blog: http://veggiechica.com/ for some Latin inspired vegetarian (and vegan) recipes.

  • Mekii

    Finally!!! You are a heaven sent! Ive been looking for this blog and those Pinoy vegans..thank you so much!

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