The health value of mock meats is a widely-disputed matter even within the vegan and vegetarian world, but one thing’s for sure: its chewy, “meaty” consistency and ability to soak up other flavors earns it a special kind of tastiness in its own respect. The flavor-packed nature of Filipino-Chinese fare in particular puts its textural appeal at an advantage, allowing mock meats to work as a vehicle to deliver the surrounding sauces or components’ savory, umami profiles. And this is the way they do things at Bodhi, a long-standing food court stall that’s become a hit among vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
You can expect the comforting flavors of karinderya favorites and other Chinese-Filipino dishes, including adobo, kare-kare, asado, and various other stir-fries, made with meat substitutes that include the said mock meats, tofu, mushrooms, and so forth. “Healthy” or not, you can’t deny they hit the spot.