Plant-Based Recipe: Chickpea and Tofu Sisig | INGRID NIETO Cooks

Sisig is a Filipino dish that is commonly served as pulutan (a dish best eaten with alcoholic drinks) or as a side dish with lots of rice. The traditional sisig is made of minced pork ears, face and the belly, and is usually cooked with chicken liver, lots of onion, garlic and chopped siling haba (long green pepper).

For this plant-based version, I simply replaced the pork and chicken parts with chickpea and tofu, skipped the egg and mayonnaise while maintaining the rest of the ingredients.


  • 1 big can of chickpeas
  • 1 palm-sized block of tofu (diced)
  • 1 garlic head (minced)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 4-5 pieces Red chili
  • 3 pieces Siling haba
  • Ginger (thumb size, minced)
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Calamansi juice

How to Prepare and Cook:

  1. Drain the water from the can of chickpeas and set aside.
  2. Dice the tofu block and pan-fry until brown and crisp. You can also air-fry the tofu for a healthier, less-oily alternative. Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch pieces, lay them on your air fryer tray and dice them once done. Set aside.
  3. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in a pan or pot until the ginger becomes tender and the onions translucent.
  4. Mix in the fried tofu and chickpeas, cook and stir for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add in the red and green chilis and mix.
  6. Pour the calamansi and soy sauce mixture. Coat everything in the pan/pot.
  7. Pour the vinegar and mix it in well for a few minutes until all the ingredients are coated with the soy sauce, calamansi and vinegar.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can use vegan mayo if available.
  9. Although I didn’t include it in the video, we’ve also tried replacing the egg with a mixture of cornstarch, water and salt. You can pour in half a cup of that mix (the consistency has to be similar to beaten egg) and stir in with the ingredients until it gives you that light scrambled “egg-like” appearance.

I’d love to hear if you get to try this at home! Tag me in your Instagram or Facebook photo: @MissIngridNieto Enjoy cooking and eating!

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What Makes Up Your Personal Brand? | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Though it’s been a buzz word for a few years now, there are many elements that contribute to one’s #PersonalBrand

In this video, I enumerate and expound on these things that we ought to be mindful of like habits, our communication style and character, to name a few. Personal branding is not just all about the surface or appearance, it covers your totality as a person. Watch the video, take down notes and learn!

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High10 to 51Talk the 10th Anniversary Kick-Off | Ingrid Nieto HOSTS

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of 51Talk, the company I have been with for over a year. In March this year, the anniversary kick-off and strategic conference was held in Beijing, China where our leaders recounted the company’s humble beginnings, talked about the milestones, wins, risks and things they did that made 51Talk what it is today–the leading online English education platform with over 30,000 Filipino teachers with 250,000 young Chinese learners.

Here in the Philippines, we started our local hurrah for the 10th year through a virtual event on our Youtube channel. My colleague Shin and I were tapped to host the kick-off along with the platform’s talented teacher-influencers.

There’s definitely more to look forward to this 2021 as we hold more celebratory events in honor of our 10th year. 51Talk was featured heavily in the news last year as more and more individuals sought an alternative livelihood source that is safe, sustainable and can be done from home. While working from home became widely accepted last year due to the pandemic, 51Talk online English teachers have been teaching and earning from home way before #WorkFromHome and #OnlineClasses became the norm.

51Talk is always looking for teachers to join the platform. If you are a college graduate of any course, willing to learn and teach young learners, have up-to-spec computer equipment and a sturdy, wired internet connection, then you might want to look into this opportunity. You can check out the full qualifications and requirements, as well as the application process by visiting our website:

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Hosting Sun Life Sun Talks featuring Inigo Pascual

I had the wonderful privilege of hosting this short virtual talk show for Sun Life Philippines. Inigo Pascual is one of Sun Life’s young brand ambassadors who talked about his spending and saving lifestyle, as well as the Adulting Starter Pack. Sun Life aims to make financial management and life insurance less intimidating, specially for the younger ones, to encourage them to start good money habits and make the most of the time they have to build wealth.

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My Acne “Wake-up Call” | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Taking off from last week’s MAKE-UP KIT DIET video, this week I’ll tell you more about what led me to minimize the make-up and skin care products I used on my skin: an acne breakout that wouldn’t go away with regular cleansing, toning, facials and zit solutions. I also talk about the importance of consulting with a board-certified dermatologist who can help you address your skin problems and skin care concerns.

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Dropping Part 1 of my mini-series on skin care and make-up. In this video I discuss my make-up obsession years ago, how I changed my make-up style through the years and what pushed me to go on a MAKE-UP KIT DIET. I also talk about the unnecessary products I purchased before and the only ones I’ve maintained and used in the recent years.

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As promised, here’s a deeper explanation of personal Color Analysis, the benefits of getting yours professionally done & a walkthrough of some color systems that have been developed through the years. In this video I also show you more of my color mishaps and illustrate how these can throw off your whole look.

In case you haven’t caught it, here’s the Color Analysis 101 (Part 1) video: