The Latest Juicy Greens
Filipino Food has very diverse influences, ranging from the neighbouring Asian countries to European and even American tastes.
We have been very busy experimenting in our test kitchen to come up with the perfect "CHIQN" -- a meat analogue that is 100% plant-based but has the same "meaty" texture and fibres.
Very happy to announce that we have finally cracked the code to our vegan CHIQN and have included in these in some items on our menu! Featured here is our herb-crusted CHIQN with grilled mushrooms on a bed of truffled mash and crunchy pea sprouts.
Our vegan CHIQN is made from seitan -- a product derived from the manual manipulation of wheat gluten then seasoned with appropriate spices. Sadly as this is a gluten-derived product, we will not be able to offer this to our Celiac, IBS and gluten-intolerant clients. We are onto the next phase of doing a pea-based derivative and if we are successful, we will definitely include this as an option in our future menus.
Proof that we don't need animal products to enjoy traditional tastes and textures.
The power of plants is enough to satisfy our palates.
Follow our journey and let us amaze you with what plants can do :)
The term "plant-based" refers to food that is made without any animal products or by-products.
Filipino Food is generally meat-centric and lots of traditional dishes revolve around the use of animal parts and products such as eggs, seafood, gelatin and honey to name a few.
Luntian prides itself in revolutionizing Filipino Cuisine in New Zealand and as a vegan business, all of our food are plant-based and cruelty-free.
Our goal is to bring the traditional taste and remarkable experience of Filipino Food to New Zealand plates using 100% local plant-based produce without sacrificing the authenticity of flavours that is true to the Filipino taste.
We want to introduce the concept of eating healthier, cleaner and more sustainably through exploring Filipino food and leave a legacy of kindness and compassion on our plates while enjoying the unique tastes, flavours and textures of dishes made from plants.
By advocating for kindness and compassion through ethical eating, we also champion all Earthlings’ rights and seek to abolish speciesism by starting on the food on our plates. We believe that we can make a difference from the inside out and spread the message of caring for our planet and all its inhabitants. Our food is our tool to create a harmonious relationship with Nature and we aim to nourish and nurture souls by introducing the concept of conscious consumption and changing mindsets about food dictated by tradition.
Our operations model revolves around reducing food waste and we participate in a circular economy where we practise composting and recycling as much as possible and follow practical steps to make sure we lessen as much as we can our carbon footprint with our processes and products.
We are vegan foodies who are revolutionising a globally trending cuisine (Filipino Food) and prove that it is possible to eat healthy and delicious while enjoying genuine and traditional flavours without cruelty.
We are changemakers and trailblazers, because there is no one like us yet in Aotearoa and our vision is to help New Zealanders live a healthier life by being kind and compassionate in their food choices while still enjoying delicious options from global cuisines.
Filipino cuisine is generally regarded as meat-heavy, rich and fatty. With the abundance of pork being the main protein component of traditional Filipino dishes, it is a known fact that Filipinos love and know their pork (and meat!) well. They say there are three things on the plate that Filipinos can't live without: Rice, Meat and Patis (a pungent fish sauce). This trinity of essential items then further compound the complexity yet simple elegance of the Philippine cuisine. Filipinos are natural foodies of this world, when most social gatherings and events revolve around food and drinking. This foodie culture is deeply embedded in the psyche of Philippine society that wherever Filipinos go, there should be something that reminds them of food as a form of comfort and celebration.
When I started the concept for Luntian, I saw a gap in the New Zealand foodie landscape. Filipinos are one of the largest immigrant population in this beautiful country and count towards the increasing diversity of New Zealand's wider communities. Interestingly, the global foodie scene is looking towards Filipino culture as the next best thing in nouvelle cuisine, but then sadly there is still not enough traction to gain momentum here in this part of the world. With the likes of the late Anthony Bourdain and other celebrity chefs like Andrew Zimmern paving the way for borderless gastronomy, there is definitely a place for a punchy character on the Kiwi plate. And that is Filipino food. Where you have lechon, sisig, adobo, dinuguan, caldereta, kare-kare as the usual heroes of a burgeoning foodie revolution.
Then there is the plant-based movement.
In an early 2019 article published by the New Zealand Herald online, the country ranks as the third best in the world for veganism (source story here). Kiwi appetites are diversifying and growing, and that includes a huge interest for plant-based food products. With commodity prices soaring high coupled with the emerging fascination on new food concepts, this is where Luntian is stepping in.
Luntian was born out of the need to introduce Filipino food to Kiwi palates and bridge the overall gap in the Philippine-New Zealand food market. We need healthier and cheaper options, without putting a dent on our wallets, on the Earth plus on our own well-being but still enjoy a plateful of flavour, novelty and playfulness on our dining tables. It was born out of a passionate embrace between two different yet highly similar cultures, bound by the same interests of savouring good food that not only nourishes the body, but also comforts the soul.
Luntian means "green", a colour that symbolises nature and health.
Our food are herbivore versions of what are traditionally meat-based Filipino dishes. There is a lot of green thinking that comes into the food we serve, making sure that we stick to the original flavour profiles to bring Philippines to New Zealand to show what the rest of the world is buzzing about when it comes to this cuisine --- in a healthier, more meaningful and highly creative presentation.
Come join us at Luntian and experience for yourself a new way of eating and discovering heavenly flavours, interesting textures and tempting palates that you will surely enjoy.
Register for upcoming events and we will take you to a journey of culture, arts, history and philosophy as told by the stories of culinary artistry through New Zealand's very own foliage.
Kain tayo (let's eat)!