Richgail Enriquez also known as “RG”, is a cook and a purveyor of recipes of both traditionally vegan and veganized Filipino dishes. All of her recipes could be found on her site, astigvegan.com
RG grew up in Cavite, Philippines until she was 15 years old. Growing up, she would help her mom in the kitchen prepare and cook Filipino dishes for the entire family. Years later, RG and her family moved to the US.
When she started adopting a vegan lifestyle, she did not want to give up on Filipino Cuisine. Undeterred, she pursued to delve deeper in learning Filipino food as well as sharing her discoveries along the way.
One of these amazing discoveries was that it’s possible to achieve delicious, healthy, and vegan Filipino food without losing its soul.
Her passion from sharing her recipes and discoveries led to her 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.
RG looks at veganism as being “Astig”. The blog bravely breaks the stereotype that Filipino food cannot be vegan, healthy, and delicious all at the same time.
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