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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Filipino Food Without the Meat? 'No Worries' Eases the Anxiety

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

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  • T. Palmer
Filipino vegan cuisine might sound like a contradiction in terms, but to chef Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao of Oakland's No Worries, it's a natural focus. His mother's recipes for apritada, pancit, adobo, and more have all been rendered with soy-, gluten-, or seitan-based "meats" in the No Worries kitchen, a business idea born from a proposal Pugao made 11 years ago while a student at Oakland High School.

The good news is that you'll be able to try this out at the forthcoming Jack London Square farmers' market in Oakland; the bad news is that it doesn't launch until April 2010. In the meantime, keep an eye out for No Worries at special events; we spotted it at the World Veg Festival after we'd filled up on sweets.

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