Phuket Vegan Dining: Real food, within the raw

PHUKET: If you hear the time period “raw food” you may, like I did, take it to mean “food waiting to be cooked”. But in Rawai, in the island’s south, the proprietor of Atsumi Raw Food Cafe, Anna Wasin is championing the health advantages and elegant, simple flavors of natural, raw, natural, unprocessed and raw components by crafting dozens of tasty and nutritious dishes for her patrons.
The thought for opening a raw meals cafe grew from her experience in operating the Atsumi Retreat Healing Center, a spiritual and health targeted spa retreat, additionally in Rawai.
“I began Atsumi Retreat Healing Center eight years ago and as part of our detox applications we have raw meals applications, which included simply basic raw foods, very strictly managed, quite completely different from the type of food we do at Raw Cafe,” says Anna.
Seeing that a lot of her customers have been looking for methods to proceed a healthy life-style after completing their detox program, she decided to open Atsumi Raw Cafe so as to present wholesome and scrumptious raw meals dishes, not solely to former detox program participants, however to all those looking for a healthy consuming option in Phuket.
“We need vacationers and expats alike to come back and have a chance to strive tasty and wholesome food. I would say we now have about 70 per cent natural produce and all our menu objects are suitable for vegans,” she mentioned.
Pay zero in the health advantages of consuming vegan raw meals has grown exponentially in recognition over the previous few a long time and relies on the preposition that cooked meals (defined as any food that has been heated to over 40 levels Celsius) loses its natural enzymes and much of its nutritional content, making it more durable, and less productive, for the physique to digest. To be vegan, the food will must have no animal merchandise in any way, which leads to some attention-grabbing “substitution” elements corresponding to almond milk and almond butter instead of their dairy primarily based variations.
The restriction of not being ready to warmth food has led raw food chefs to become extremely inventive in preparing their dishes – necessity is the mom of invention, after all. So, instead of being littered with fry pans and pots, the kitchen at Raw Food Cafe is somewhat spartan, stacked with containers of recent unprocessed components and containing a couple of simple home equipment – a blender, a juicer, a dehydrator, a fridge and freezer. With these simple instruments, the staff at Atsumi Raw Cafe manages to offer a large menu with some amazingly tasty and distinctive dishes.
I decided to try the recommended Caesar salad and was very impressed with its raw interpretation – recent and crunchy romain lettuce served with a creamy horseradish dressing, smokey eggplant, cashew cheese and black olive and sun-dried tomato croutons. Next, it was on to the Thai coconut dumplings, which featured a wonton-like wrapper made from seaweed, full of recent julienned vegetables and a cashew and black sesame dipping sauce.
One of the most popular menu gadgets is the “Raw-Sangna” that includes layers of zucchini with fermented almond cheese, marinara sauce, smokey eggplant bacon and walnut, macadamia and fig pate – I positively recommend it for those wanting to see simply how tasty, attention-grabbing and inventive uncooked food could be. To wash it down, there is a vary of juices and smoothies, all of them embody superfoods similar to cacao, spirulina or chia to offer you that additional enhance, and if you are on a food plan or consuming gentle, they can additionally be a meal in themselves.
If you need to indulge your candy tooth, without the guilt, be sure to attempt one of many fabulous desserts. I chose the uncooked blueberry cheesecake, which is served frozen – a way which is employed to maintain all the ingredients in place. It’s onerous to believe how candy and refreshing this wholesome alternative is in comparison with old-fashioned cheesecake.
The neatest thing about eating uncooked food is that there is no feeling torpid or bloated after you eat – you feel full, your hunger is totally satiated, however you can also get up and run a marathon straight afterwards when you were so inclined.
So if you are in search of a healthy meal, whether you are doing a detox program, on a food plan, coaching exhausting, or just wish to try something completely new, be certain to cease past Atsumi Raw Food Cafe.
Atsumi Raw Food Cafe is located on Wiset Road, on the corner of Soi Mangosteen, roughly halfway between Chalong and Rawai piers. For more information and a few inspirational uncooked meals recipes, see the net site: atsumirawcafe.com

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