Raw With Chef Yin - 5 Raw-some Vegan Finds in Taipei
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Raw With Chef Yin - 5 Raw-some Vegan Finds in Taipei

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29 November 2017

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“Eating healthily is pleasurable and fun.” - Prashantha Lachanna, Executive Chef and Creative Director of Naked Food, Taipei’s first contemporary raw and vegan restaurant.

And to prove that statement true, let me share my top 5 raw vegan finds on my very first trip to Taiwan

NAKEDFOOD

The founders opened Naked Food with the purpose of sharing their love and passion of healthy, sustainable, revitalising, exciting and unique food. Seeing as this type of food was not available in 2011 they took it upon themselves to offer a contemporary raw vegan dining experience.

I'm a huge fan of kimchi and I have my homemade kimchi with almost every meal at home. So when I saw that Naked Food had a Kimchi Gazpacho, I knew I wanted to try it. Think kimchi, cashews,  tomatoes, avocados, apples and cucumber.

I also got to try out their raw, gluten-free pizza.
With walnuts, zucchini, and flaxmeal making up the authentic pizza crust, I am sure it will meet up to every pizza lover’s standard! It’s got everything you’ve ever wanted on a pizza – tomato base mushrooms, caramelized onions, cultured-tree nut cheese, basil, greek salt-brined olive and more!

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What to try:

1. Raw Dumplings – there are both Raw Chive Dumplings and Raw Kimchi Dumplings. These dumplings are filled with the goodness from fermented foods which honestly are your gut’s best friend.
2. Raw Pizza – people cannot believe the complexity of flavour that is packed into one slice of raw pizza. Plus it’s loaded with brain enriching goodness.
3. Cultured Nut Cheeses – made with macadamia and cashew, cultured with home-made probiotics for 24 hours and then aged for up to one month. Choose from a Cheese Platter or a Cheese Plate or even a Cheese Crostini. They promise to energize and replenish your body.
If you're in Taipei, you have to experience this!

Enjoy a free cup of slow-brewed chai for every NT 800 spent at NAKEDFOOD between 14:00-17:00 until 29 December 2017. Just show NAKEDFOOD this article!

No. 22-1 Ln. 160 Sec. 1 Xinsheng S. Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

Tel: 02 2396-2202

Plants

Plants believe that food should be made with whole, nutritious ingredients, and prepared with the healthiest methods. I was also glad to find that the raw dishes were clearly marked on their menu!

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What to try:

1. Taiwanese Cold Noodles – with  kelp, zucchini, and cucumber making up the “noodles”, sprouted sunflower seeds, cold-pressed sesame oil, turmeric, sustainable palm sugar and other food stuff is used as the dressing!
2. Cacao Caramel Cream Cake – one of the best raw vegan desserts I’ve had in Taipei!
3. Flamingo Bowl – a smoothie bowl made of red pitaya, banana, chia pudding, house made sprouted Cacao Goji Rawnola, raspberries and raw chocolate sauce

Enjoy a glass of house made kombucha per person with any dish purchased - just show Plants this article! Valid until 29 December 2017.

1F., No.10, Ln. 253, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. Rd., Da-an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan

Tel: 02 2784-5677

CANTEEN by Plants

I also ended up at CANTEEN by Plants, at their newest location inside 10/10 HOPE. This is more of a cafe within a conscious living retail store. Raw treats are plant-based, egg-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. These are delicious AND nutritious?

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What to try:

1. Taiwanese Cold Noodles – with  kelp, zucchini, and cucumber making up the “noodles”, sprouted sunflower seeds, cold-pressed sesame oil, turmeric, sustainable palm sugar and other food stuff is used as the dressing!
2. Cacao Caramel Cream Cake – one of the best raw vegan desserts I’ve had in Taipei!
3. Flamingo Bowl – a smoothie bowl made of red pitaya, banana, chia pudding, house made sprouted Cacao Goji Rawnola, raspberries and raw chocolate sauce

Enjoy a glass of house made kombucha per person with any dish purchased - just show CANTEEN by Plants this article! Valid until 29 December 2017.

1F., No.10, Ln. 253, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. Rd., Da-an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan

Tel: 02 2784-5677

Ooh Cha Cha

With a name like this, how could I resist checking them out? Ooh Cha Cha was one of the names that kept popping up whenever I searched for vegan food in Taipei. They are a 100% vegan cafe, with an emphasis on simple ingredients, whole food and whole nutrition.

I met Mai Bach, co-founder of Ooh Cha Cha and asked her about their raw desserts. I was curious to know whether they made the delicious treats in-house. 

“Yes, actually we were the first cafe in Taipei to roll-out raw desserts following the raw concept of keeping components under 41 degrees Celsius. It was such a new concept at the time, we tried to keep it simple and easy to understand. So we do our soaking, sprouting and dehydrating in-house.”

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Head over to try out these raw cakes at Ooh Cha Cha that make for excellent snacks and desserts. Made free from refined sugar and oils, you won’t feel an ounce of guilt when tucking in!

What to try:

1. Banana Swirl Cake
2. Lime Cheesecake
3. Strawberry Lemonade Cake
4. Orange Cream Cake
5. Mocha Fudge Cake

No. 207, Nanchang Road, Taipei No. 207 NanChang Road, Section 2, ZhongZheng District, Taipei

Tel: 02 2367-7133

Pantree

I was lucky enough to visit Pantree which had just opened and is the newest addition to the Ooh Cha Cha family. They focus on bringing innovative plant-based, whole-food, vegan dishes to the neighborhood. As an experimental kitchen, they hope to open people’s bellies to the potential of whole-food, vegan eats accessible and approachable to everyone.

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What to try:

1. Vietnamese cold noodles - which is packed with raw goodness inside. Raw elements in this dish included carrots, salad, fresh herbs and dehydrated cashews. Vietnamese cooking relies heavily on fresh herbs and sauces, so this was perfect for me. It’s eaten with a vegan fish sauce that gets its umami and fishiness from kombu and nori.

Drop by to see what experiments they are coming up with!

No. 94 Chong Qing S. Rd., Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan

Tel: 02 2305-2750


Other places worth visiting:
1. Miss Green - don’t miss their decadent raw vegan chocolate cake
2. URBN Culture - offers a Raw Pad Thai


Header Image credit: @___jojoe

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