Bauhinia has Ilonggo Vegetarian selection

By Marie Katherine Villalon

Yes, there is vegetarian food in Smallville and Boardwalk.

Bauhinia Filipino Cuisine, located at The Avenue in Boardwalk has an Ilonggo Vegetarian fare – no meat, no egg, no milk and no fish – according to owner Mr. Johnny Que.

Lumpia Ubod (left) and Pinaksiw na Saging with Roselle (right)
The Ilonggo vegetarian fare includes Pinaksiw na Saging with Roselle (roselle is the flower of the ‘labog’ plant), Lumpia Ubod, Kinilaw Kwatro (bitter gourd or amargoso, rabanos, gulaman and talong), Laswa, Relleno na Amargoso, Linatik na Kalabasa (with squash spring leaves), Vegetable Fritters (slices of squash, carrots, eggplant, okra and sayote with three kinds of dip), Vegan Kare-Kare (puso ng saging, string beans, eggplant, pechay, peanuts and kare-kare sauce), Vegetable Stew (camote, carrots, young corn, olives and kaldereta sauce), Ensalada (jackfruit and puso ng saging) and La Pinay Salad.

Kinilaw Kwatro (left) and Relleno na Amargoso (right)

One serving is good for 2 to 3 persons.

After dinner, take a sip of Kaffir Lime, derived from a herb native to Thailand. It is good for the digestive system and it is a popular blood purifier.

After Bauhinia, you may go to the nearby Nothing But Desserts and delight in their sweet selections. Don't forget to try their homemade gelato.

Arvi Sumayo, communications manager of GreatFoods Concepts, Inc., revealed that depending on the availability of the fruit or vegetable, they also make kalamansi, ginger, jackfruit, guyabano, tisa, passion fruit, squash and turmeric gelato.

Linatik na Kalabasa (left) and Ensalada (right)

Anyway, Bauhinia is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

By limiting meat intake, you will reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer. Red meat is high in saturated fat that causes cardiovascular diseases. Meat also boosts the hormones that trigger cancer.

If you love the environment, going vegetarian is one of the ways you can help Mother Earth. Do you know what raising animals for their meat as well as meat processing promote the release greenhouse gases into the air? The meat industry also takes up land space and consumes so much water.

Vegan Kare-Kare (left) and Vegetable Stew (right)

If more people eat vegetables, there will be a remarkable decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, use of water and land space.

If you are pushing for animal welfare, then going vegetarian is one way to “walk the talk”. By decreasing your meat intake, you will spare many animals from suffering in cages, pens and crates and during slaughter.

Vegetable Fritters (left) and Chili Gelato (right)

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