Hello and welcome to my blog, Astig Vegan!
My name is RG Enriquez. I’m a passionate purveyor of vegan Filipino recipes. In my heart, I truly believe that Filipino food can be vegan, healthy, and delicious – without losing its soul.
“Astig” is a Tagalog (Filipino dialect) slang 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. When I was 15, my family and I migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I learned about diverse cuisines. In college, I took a nutrition class that gradually led me to going vegan. I learned about what was in my food, what I put in my body, and what impact it does to me and everything around me.
Although I’ve stopped consuming animal products, I haven’t given up on the food I’ve 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 been sharing my culinary knowledge and discoveries at various festivals such as “Savor Filipino”, “San Francisco World Vegan Festival”, “Vegan Soul Wellness Festival”, “Taste of South Lake”, and many more. I’ve contributed at panel discussions at the Asian Art Museum and Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. I’ve also held food demonstrations at college universities such as Cal-State East Bay and at public libraries such as the Menlo Park Library. Aside from live public appearances, I’ve also shared my Astig Vegan discoveries on television shows such as “Adobo Nation“.
My discoveries and recipes could be found here on astigvegan.com, as well as on my cooking show, “Astig Vegan Cooking” on youtube.com/rcestudios. I’m also a regular contributor at digital magazines such as One Green Planet and Positively Filipino.
Kain na, let’s eat!