RE: Hi from the Philippines
Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM
Hi! I just stumbled on this site on my third week of shifting to a plant-based diet. Although people here generally eat less meat than Americans (standard meal is rice + a small portion of meat/chicken/fish + veggies) it's still a challenge to turn vegan because meat is used a lot for flavor, so even veggie dishes have it. Also fish (seafood!) is very much ingrained in me culturally. Recipes have unfamiliar ingredients (have never seen kale) but we do also have a lot of local vegetables plus tropical fruits of course. Looking forward and hope to keep up!
Lots of the recipes can be mix'n'matched - if kale isn't a locally available food, look for something else that's dark green, leafy, and slightly strong/bitter in flavor (something like spinach would work, along with chard, bok choy, collards, dandelion greens, cabbages maybe, etc). We'll often trade out kale for chard or bok choy depending on what is the best price in a given week. The key is to hit the basics - what is the overall composition that you're aiming for (a leafy green, a whole grain, a bean/legume, other veggies, seasonings)? Keep that in mind and you'll be able to find alternates if you need to.