|Tofu Banh Mi, my favourite of Ooh Cha Cha's traditional sandwich menu|
Ooh Cha Cha is Taipei's best place to go for simple, healthy, affordable, Western vegan food. While this American-owned cafe is most famous for its sandwiches, smoothies and raw desserts, it has recently expanded its menu significantly, and now even offers a range of healthy burgers.
Taipei's Best Western FoodAs a resident of Taiwan, I get tired of the common vegetarian buffets, whose overcooked vegetables are usually laden with unhealthy sauces, and where it's very difficult to know what's vegan. So while studying nearby for a year Ooh Cha Cha was a godsend, offering healthy food I'd love to cook if I had the time, skills and motivation to do so. It's also extremely easy to reach (a few minutes from Guting Station, or fifteen minutes by MRT from Taipei Main Station). Its interior is friendly and welcoming. Ooh Cha Cha recently began offering vegan beer, making it one of the few vegan restaurants in Taipei which serves vegan alcohol. (The other is About Animals. Naked Food, whose food is apparently all vegan, calls itself a vegan restaurant but serves non-vegan wine, much to the disdain of the vegan community).
Ooh Cha Cha are especially famous for their delectable raw desserts, however they are not always available. They also take online orders.
Ooh Cha Cha serves nothing special, but that's what makes it so special.While Ooh Cha Cha is as popular with visitors (who often miss food from home, and appreciate its proximity to Dictator (Chiang Kai Shek) Memorial Hall and other Central Taipei attractions), it's not for everyone; some visitors read the hype and come away thinking they just bought an overpriced sandwich. I think one needs to live in Taiwan, and eat too much unhealthy food, and have too many scares with fake meat and other falsely labelled food, to really appreciate a good sandwich, made with real, healthy bread, and hand-made, delicious, trustworthy sauces. If you have only a few meals to sample local cuisine it would be best to visit more traditional Taiwanese restaurants such as the Guangfu Loving Hut (for hotpots), Fruitful Food Buffet (vegetarian) or Vege Creek. But if you just need a delicious, healthy meal, one you'd dream of cooking yourself, Ooh Cha Cha is the place to go, and it's one of my most regular meals out in Taipei.
|The new burger range diversifies Ooh Cha Cha's menu considerably. This was delicious, and it's especially refreshing to be able to get burgers which aren't filled with fried fake meat.|
EssentialsMRT Guting Station, Exit 2, take the first right and Ooh Cha Cha is the first-floor cafe on the corner on the first right (a minute from the exit).
Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 20:00
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207 Nanchang Road