Okay, so we've heard about vegan isaw and vegan luncheon meat. Well, here's the next best thing: vegan lechon! Yup, you read that right. At Elpi Vellychon Haus in La Loma, Quezon City, you get to eat plant-based lechon. (So cool!) The owner, Chef Elpi Mijares Jugalbot III, shared that the resto was inspired by his shift to a vegan lifestyle while he was still reviewing for his board exams. He believed that having a healthy diet would help him perform better during the exam. "I was experimenting with different kinds of food, all plant-based ingredients. Doon siya nagsimula."
In 2017, he opened his first vegan restaurant, Elpi Vegan Resto, in General Santos. After a year, he noticed on social media that a lot of people were interested in bellychon (a crispy pork belly dish). This challenged him to make his own plant-based version and sell the product in GenSan.
According to Chef Elpi, "Malapit talaga sa puso ng mga Pinoy yung lechon because in fact, Pinoys are well-known worldwide with the identity of loving lechon. Lechon is really part of the Filipino culture."
Because of the pandemic, Chef Elpi had to make adjustments and close his restaurant in General Santos. Luckily, he got an opportunity to rebuild his business venture in Manila. From Elpi Vegan Resto, he ~rebranded~ and launched Elpi Vellychon Haus in La Loma, Quezon City. Aside from vegan lechon, they also offer other products such as plant-based bacon, nuggets, tapa, tocino, and more. Who knew healthy food could be *this* good?? FYI, they even do online deliveries!
With his restaurant, Chef Elpi wants to let people know that it's possible to eat the good food you love, while still living a healthy lifestyle. He said, "[There are] a lot of ways now to really recreate food and make a greener, healthier, and kinder version."
Watch the video below to know more about Elpi Vellychon Haus:
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