Vegan food is not bland

Published April 30, 2022, 12:25 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Pink Moon Kitchen wants you to change your mind about going vegan

In 2021, Macky Lovina, Allan Locke, and Chef Khia De Guzman planned to open a restaurant at a hotel, but they weren’t able to due to the pandemic. Hence, the business had to be delayed.

Chef Khia whips up a delicious pizza; Plant-based dishes offered at Pink Moon Kitchen

Ever since the pandemic started, people have prefered delivery or take out. That’s when they knew they needed a kitchen. Their goal was to provide restaurant quality food in the comfort of customers’ homes.

They learned the concept of cloud kitchen, which is also popular in countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, from the owner of Uber.

Cloud kitchen is a food service that has no physical establishment, an online restaurant. It only caters to orders for delivery or takeout.

The cloud kitchen concept is particularly relevant during the pandemic. They didn’t need much staff to operate, since their only focus was food preparation, deliveries, and checking the quality of their food.

The vegan cloud kitchen idea started when its mastermind Macky was going through a life-changing event. She was doing 40 days of juice fasting and yoga, while Khia and Allan were very interested in the whole movement of saving the earth through vegetarianism. For them, killing animals is not the best way to preserve the earth.

According to Allan, despite them not being the pioneer, they are some of the early movers when it comes to clean plant-based eats with a Mediterranean flare.

“Vegan food is not bland,” Khia emphasized. This is why despite being new to the industry, their crowd is already patronizing their food. “Ninety percent of our customers are repeat customers,” Allan added.

“We aim to help Filipinos change their minds about being vegan. It is not hard.” Allan said. With the goal to introduce veganism to Filipinos, they presented a subscription plan to their customers. They can choose two or three meals a day to be delivered for six days. They may also opt for subscription plans that cater up to 14 to 30 days. Since they have a Mediterranean and Asian menu, the food would be different every day.

Pink Moon Kitchen’s bestsellers are the Buddha Bowls (BB). These are food bowls composed of sides, cooked veggies, raw veggies, carbs, and proteins. BB variety Cherish Bowl (Asian flavor) is a mix of teriyaki tofu, soba noodles, and an Asian slaw with kimchi dressing.

Exorbitance Bowl (Mediterranean flavor) is a mix of cauliflower masala, grilled spice auburgine, warm potato harra, semi-polished rice, and kachumber.

Glow Bowl (Filipino flavor) is a mix of tofu adobo, mongo moringa stew, semi-polished rice, and roasted curry cashew.

They also serve an appetizing soup called cauliflower masala, which is partnered with homemade and freshly baked pita bread.

The falafel is also a crowd favorite. Its delectable texture that’s crunchy on the outside yet moist on the inside is swoon-worthy. Since it is vegan, no eggs were used in the recipe.

The pizza menu’s bestseller is the Earth Pizza. It has cashew bachamel, wild mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onion, truffle oil, and arugula salad topped with balsamic dressing and pesto cream.

Aside from their food menu, PMK also offers cooling smoothies. —Janica Angeles

Visit https://www.facebook.com/pinkmoonkitchen/?ref=page_internal. 5883 Enriquez Street, 1210 in Makati City.

 
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