Hello and welcome to my blog, Astig Vegan!
My name is Richgail Enriquez also known as “RG”. I’m a cook and a purveyor of recipes of both traditionally vegan and veganized Filipino dishes.
All of my recipes could be found on this site, astigvegan.com
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 the family. Years later, My family and I moved to San Francisco Bay Area.
My journey to veganism started more than six years ago. I started for health reasons but eventually led to ethical and environmental reasons as well. Luckily, my family and friends fully supported my decision.
Although I totally avoided animal products, I did not want to give up on Filipino Cuisine. 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 vegan Filipino cooking and sharing my recipes led me to blogging and eventually a cooking show on YouTube, “Astig Vegan Cooking” on youtube.com/RCEstudios
The meaning behind Astig Vegan
It’s a wordplay 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”.
Have any questions on any of the posted recipes? Wondering where to get certain ingredients? Or perhaps looking for insights on the vegan Filipino lifestyle? Here are ways to contact me: