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Pleasurable lightness of being vegan

  • Sebastian Partogi

  /   Tue, February 4 2020   /  02:26 am
Not what it seems: A vegan restaurant in Central Jakarta sells dishes that look like meat-based favorites such as satay (skewered meat), but they are all made of plant-based ingredients like soybeans and mushrooms, among other ingredients. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)(skewered meat), but they are all made of plant-based ingredients like soybeans and mushrooms, among other ingredients. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Not what it seems: A vegan restaurant in Central Jakarta sells dishes that look like meat-based favorites such as satay (skewered meat), but they are all made of plant-based ingredients like soybeans and mushrooms, among other ingredients. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)About three and a half years ago, Firmansyah Mastup, 31, a private company employee living in South Jakarta, was advised by his doctor to reduce his consumption of red meat over health concerns. In order to reverse his poor health condition radically, Firmansyah decided to try to become a vegan in late 2016. Vegans cut off consumption of all animal products altogether, including milk, eggs and the shrimp paste often used to make Indonesian-style sambal (chili paste) and the peanut sauce dressing of the gado-gado (cooked salad). His health started to improve.His commitment to the lifestyle became stronger when he discovered that bec...