Looking for good , clean food? Have I got the place for you. Yesterday I was invited to join a “clean ” lunch at the VCLEANSE Café at the Eco Village on Fenglin Lu ( #485). I have to be honest here and tell you ( what you know already) that VCLEANSE primary business is juicing programs for cleansing and health improvement. If you read my last blog you know my opinion on juice cleansing. However, eating clean food is a whole other story.
Our hosts were the delightful founders of VCLEANSE, Chenling Zhang and Tian Tian Mayimin. From the moment they start talking you know these are women who believe eating cleanly can change a person’s life. No argument there. Both women eagerly described their motivation for opening the business and their passion for eating cleanly and responsibly. Their clear enthusiasm for the subject almost got me to believe in the “miracle” of juice cleansing.
I do believe in the healing power of eating clean, fresh food and lunch yesterday proves it can be done in a very tasty and sophisticated manner.
As the lunch service began Tian Tian gave an introduction to each beautiful and delicious dish on the menu. Many of the food ingredients used to prepare the dishes are by products of the cold press juicing operation. They stated there is very little food waste in their production cycle, as planned. This is lovely news to my ears ( see 10/21/2013 Food for Thought blog) as food waste is particularly vexing in a world where many people don’t get enough to eat.
VCLEANSE takes particular pride in the fact that they don’t rush the process. The food is prepared fresh to order and served immediately, this is not a drop in deli, reservations are required. Although they do hope to have some dishes available for take-out orders at the Surpass Court location.
So what does “clean” food mean? Just like detox, everybody has their own definition of what is clean food. For the owners of VCLEANSE clean food is prepared without flour, oil or any substances not food related ( ie. artificial flavors and colors) as well as using food that is grown in an organic manner. All of their fruits are imported and the vegetables are carefully chosen from local operations that come as close to organic farming as you can get , considering China’s soil and water issues.
The menu items do not include animal products but you would hardly notice it. The lunch menu yesterday included mini pizzas, spicy sushi rolls ( California -style), festive fresh spring rolls and yummy tiramisu. For clean drinks, we were treated to “free flow” coconut water and spicy lemonade.
It is refreshing to know that despite all the bad food news there are people in Shanghai who truly believe in the power of fresh , safe food to improve health and are putting that passion to work serving up clean healthy food so we can all Eat Well and Live Well.
For reservations at the VCLEANSE Café call 5121-2559 or email TIAN@VCLEANSE.COM, CHENLING@VCEANSE.COM
If you are looking to have a cleaner, healthier 2014 Year of the Horse, Eat Well Shanghai offers personal nutrition consultations by appointment.
See office hours below.
Eat Well Shanghai holds office hours by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org) twice a month at:
The Orange Room Center for Wellness
St.Laurent Building, #201,7B
3215 Hong Mei Lu ph. 6406 3642