The 10 vegan favorites in the Metro

Juno Gallegos Yuvienco is growing vegan in her strictly vegan home.  —Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco

START YOUNG Juno Gallegos Yuvienco is growing up as a vegan in her strictly vegan home. —Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco

I recently met the New Zealand Ambassador, His Excellency Peter Kell, and was very impressed with the fact that he (1) speaks Filipino, (2) knows karate, and (3) is vegan!

Inspired by that third element, I found myself once again dreaming of going vegan. Of course, it’s not happening. Not when the best product from my hometown is fat pork rinds!

Going vegan is especially difficult because it’s not just about eliminating pork, beef, chicken, and fish from your diet. Going vegan means eliminating all animal products from your diet. That includes abstaining from eggs, dairy, and any other animal products.

I’ll never be that tough! But my good friend, Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco, has been a vegan for several years, so I’m putting her vegan knowledge to good use for those who might want to go vegan now or in the New Year, whether it’s for their defense, for fun, or for their health. .

Jemps shares the health benefits they have experienced: For one thing, their children are not as sick and now they always have energy. Her husband’s GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) went away, even though she didn’t when they were vegetarians. But the best thing for her is that she can now recover faster even after hard training.

The vegan mom has also been working hard to create a vegan home. So far, she has managed to make her 7-year-old daughter Juno a strict vegan, while her 11-year-old son Jack is a vegan except when her father is present. I guess men bond over steak!

Here are Jemps Top 10 Vegan Food Sources for Your Home:

1. Chef Jeng Worthy. Jemps recommends their lasagna and classic pizza; for sweets, their red velvet cake (but don’t make the mistake of using Red 40, which is crushed bugs), mocha cake and ube halaya cake. For Filipino sweets, try their ube halaya and flan de leche.

2. Green kitchen. “When I can’t cook because I’m too busy, I order from the Greenery Kitchen,” shares Jemps. “They do free delivery at P1,000.00 within Metro Manila.” His favorites on his menu include malunggay dilis with tonkatsu, sisig, pairs, stew, chicken curry, Korean BBQ, and paksiw. Keep in mind that these sound like normal food, but in fact they are all vegan. Bonus points: They also have party trays if you want to order larger portions (or if you’re having a party!)

3. Green Bar. Jemps recommends their Wild Thing Burger, as well as their donuts and other pastries.

4. Vutcher. For vegan freezer essentials, try Vutcher. They have vegan versions of corned beef, Japanese curry, and spaghetti. They also offer empanadas.

5. The Good Elections. This shop also has freezer essentials, like vegan versions of sliced ​​ham, tapas, and bacon. If you’re really craving a burger but are now vegan, this is the place to get your burger.

6. Filipino Nuno. This is a vegan kitchen that specializes in bottled spreads like vegan ham, vegan chicken, and vegan liver. Jemps gushes, “Lahat masarap! Nakakainis!

7. Try vegan. This one is for vegans from the south as it is located in BF Homes. It is a consolidation of Delicielo, Jack’s Produce and The Real Happy Cow (TRHC). According to Jemps, “Delicielo has a delicious espresso mocha cake and mango vanilla cake. Jack’s Produce makes bottled Jackfruit sardines. TRHC makes many vegan versions of non-vegan favorites like sinigang na di baka, beef rendang, surf and turf, Rodic tapa with egg yolk sauce, Korean corndogs, ramen, breakfast choriburger, aloha burger, etc.” Jemps notes that The Real Happy Cow, aka Lakapati Basa, has a group that sources seasonal vegan items like fucking bumbong, bibingka, and baklava.

8. Doctor Chef. It’s another “southern” favorite. They have bread, chocolate and ice cream. Jemps especially loves ice cream because in addition to being meat-free, he’s also sugar-free!

9. Cafe Aigoo. Jemps recommends their pizzas, pastas, and empanadas, as well as their donuts, cakes, and cookies.

10. All the tablespoons. Finally, for vegan ice cream, try Alt Scoops. Jemps loves his ice creams, especially the dark chocolate covered Auro, and his Alt Pops. They also have granola.

These are just a few of Jemps’ favorite vegan shops. “I’m sure others have more, but these are my personal favorites,” says the vegan home cook.

These are great recommendations whether you’re vegan or not.

With all these options, I might just succeed in going vegan after all!

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