Veganism, in the Philippines, is gaining popularity these days and vegan options are now increasing rapidly.
All you have to do is search online and voila, you’ll get overwhelmed with results. Gone are the days when vegans starve themselves to death at wedding receptions. Indeed, the future is vegan.
To make it much easier for vegans, vegan-curious and vegetarians, I made a list of what you can eat and where you can buy your green necessities, options, and best places for vegans to go in the Philippines.
But before we go further into some great finds let’s first dive into the plant-based stuff that is widely available.
Accidentally Vegan Foods in the Philippines
You might find some of these vegan-by-default or also known as Accidentally Vegan Foods in the streets.
- Banana cue– bananas in caramelized brown sugar on a skewer
- Biko– a rice cake made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and glutinous rice with coconut milk curd on top
- Carioka– rice balls in caramelized brown sugar on a skewer
- Champorado (without milk)– glutinous rice cooked with chocolate and usually served with milk
- Espasol– a rice cake cooked with coconut dusted with toasted flour
- Ginataang bilo bilo– a sweet coconut milk soup with rice balls, sweet potatoes, bananas, and tapioca
- Ginataang mais– glutinous rice and corn cooked in coconut milk
- Kalamay– a very sticky rice cake with coconut milk curd on top
- Kamote cue– sweet potatoes in caramelized brown sugar on a skewer like banana cue
- Kutsinta– a rice cake made from tapioca flour with anatto seeds for color.
- Lumpiang toge (without meat)– deep fried spring rolls with bean sprouts and carrots wrapped in paper like wrapper. This usually has meat but can be subtituted with tofu.
- Mani (peanuts)- can be boiled or fried
- Palitaw– a flat rice cake with grated coconut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds
- Puto bumbong (without butter)– steamed rice cakes cooked in bamboo tubes topped with grated coconut and sugar
- Putong bigas– steamed rice cake
- Suman sa lihiya– a greenish steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaves with sweet brown sauce
- Suman malagkit– steamed rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves, banana leaves, or palm leaves
- Taho– silken tofu with caramelized sugar and tapioca
- Turon– bananas wrapped in paper like wrapper. It sometimes has ripe jackfruit for added flavor.
Some recipes might be slightly altered so a good rule of thumb is to ask the seller if it contains milk, butter, cheese, eggs or honey before buying.
Need more? Here are some Vegan Restaurants in the Philippines that you might want to check.
Disclaimer: I’d like to keep this updated, so if you notice something inappropriate or missing from this list, please let me know.