This was another cuisine that I was not expecting to be able to tick off – I went to the Philippines when I was vegetarian and didn’t find any traditional dishes to try. But Cook Daily in London serves a vegan adobo dish which you can order with either mock chicken or tofu puffs. Full disclosure: Dr HH ordered this, then had to switch with me because I accidentally ordered a spicy dish and could not handle it. Anyway, he chose the tofu puffs, and added the spring rolls and special sauce as well.
I have actually attempted to make adobo once before, but chickened out of using the full amount of vinegar recommended because it sounded insane. It turns out I should have had faith in the recipe, because vinegary adobo is officially delicious!
This adobo was served over brown rice, and was extremely flavoursome. It was lovely and sharp from the vinegar, the vegetables were fresh, the puffs were spongy, and everything was flavoursome without burning my taste buds like the dish I’d foolishly ordered. It was an extremely well-crafted, well-seasoned dish, and I was pleased to confirm that Cook Daily is every bit as good as I’d heard.
What other veganisable Filipino dishes are out there? Have you found a vegan Filipino restaurant?