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Adobong Pusit (Filipino ‘Squid’) [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Adobong pusit is a Filipino delicacy: "adobo" means to cook in garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar and "pusit" means squid. The actual squid version is known to have tinted black sauce (squid emits a black liquid substance when cooked). To achieve the same look, this recipe mashed black beans. As for the taste, the trick relies on the seasoning.

Adobong Pusit (Filipino Vegan 'Squid') [Gluten-Free]


  • 3-5 pieces king trumpet mushroom, cut in big chunks, cored (see note below)
  • 4-6 tablespoons cooked quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed, and minced
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cooked black beans, mashed or blended until smooth using a blender (add a little bit of water if it gets too thick)


  1. Stuff mushrooms with quinoa.
  2. Heat medium-size pan over medium heat. Pour oil and heat for about a minute or two.
  3. Add  garlic and sauté until slightly golden.
  4. Add mushroom and cook all sides.
  5. Season with vinegar, sea salt, and pepper.
  6. Mix in the black beans, coating all sides of the mushrooms.
  7. Turn off heat. Serve hot with rice on the side. Enjoy!


You could buy king trumpet mushrooms at most Asian grocery stores and health stores.

To core the mushrooms, use a paring knife.





Traditional Filipino recipes gone plant-based. "Astig" is a Tagalog word for tough, unique, or gutsy. RG Enriquez at Astig Vegan looks at vegan Filipino food as something "Astig." Born and raised in Bacoor Cavite, Philippines, RG would help her mom cook traditional Filipino food for the entire family. Although she doesn't consume animal products anymore, she didn't want to give up on the food that she loved so much as a kid so she launched her own blog.



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