At Cha Chai Home we believe that eating healthy non-meat meals should be just as enjoyable and delicious as anything you can find on a meat inclusive menu – or even more so! We have developed a large choice of dishes, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack options – all meat free, all homemade, all fresh and all tasty. We pride ourselves on creating original and fusion treats which you cannot find anywhere else, incorporating traditional Thai herbs and spices, as well as international tastes and ‘superfood’ options. We offer a choice to suit every palette, and make sure that what you receive is not only fresh and homemade, but also clean and healthy.
…Like your health, the planet and all the species on her, we chose to offer meat free dishes. By choosing to eat just one meat free meal, you save about 3000 gallons of water and 15 pounds of grain; you help to stop the destruction of the Rainforest (91% of the 136 million acres cleared have been due to animal agriculture, resulting in 1-2 acres being cleared every second); you help to decrease the 51% of greenhouse gases caused directly, or indirectly, by animal agriculture; and you help to decrease the slaughter of 59 billion animals per year…
…Additionally, by eating less or no meat, you also help to improve your health, lowering your cholesterol, blood pressure, sodium levels, and your chance of getting cancer, heart disease, having a stroke or forming kidney stones. Did we mention that increasing the number of vegetarian or vegan meals in your diet is also one of the best ways to help achieve and maintain a healthy and stable weight?
…Of course, not everyone is able, or willing, to be vegetarian or vegan, but many are reducing the amount of meat and animal products which they eat – and this is a growing trend essential for our survival as a species. Ultimately, everyone eating less meat will have more impact than a few people eating no meat.
Each meal you eat is an opportunity for you to chose (don’t beat yourself up for not choosing vegetarian!), but remember that for every vegetarian or vegan meal that you do chose, you are making a positive contribution to your health, the health of the planet, and all the species on her…
As well as choosing no meat to help the environment, we also try to use natural materials, such as paper bags and cups, and water refills instead of plastic bottles, to cut down on the amount of plastic waste going into the environment and our oceans.
What’s more, our drinks do not automatically come with a straw; instead, customers are given the choice of no straw, or of purchasing a reusable bamboo straw for the cut price cost of just 20 baht when taken with a drink (50 baht if bought separately). They can then reuse the straw not only at our restaurant, but also at all the other places where they are eating and drinking, thus helping to drastically reduce the amount of plastic straws ending up on beaches and in oceans.
The money from the bamboo straws goes to TCDF foundation, in Pa Tho (2 hours from Koh Phayam) to support their activities in the local community there (please see this link to their website for more information: TCDF).
Another local NGO whom we support is ‘All for the Villages’, who with Fiona, their amazing volunteer who lives in the island, help to support projects amongst the local people and children, especially the indigenous minority group – the Moken (sea gypsy) people – helping them to enjoy a higher standard of living and better education. Also, they have been instrumental in organizing numerous vet visits to the island, both with Thai and International volunteers, to help deal with the problem of stray animals by sterilizing large numbers of them, and treating them for free. To find out more about all for the villages, please see their website: ‘www.all for the villages.org’ or their fb page: ‘All for the Villages Thailand’
Although we are far from perfect, we do believe that every little bit helps, and with your support, the positive choices we make together can help to transform both your well being, the well being of our planet and all the species on her.
We use local Thai ingredients, as well as international flavours, including herbs, spices, beans, nuts and seeds, which all help to ensure that the food you eat with us tastes great, and helps to prevent disease rather than to cause it.
We also have a wide range of superfoods from all around the world, in addition to local Thai and Asian varieties, which we incorporate into our recipes, ensuring that you get the highest possible nutrition combined with the best taste, giving you a healthy glow from the inside out.
We add flax, sabja, chia, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, to enhance the protein content of the food and add interesting layers to the taste.
We sprout our mung beans, maximizing their nutritional content, before adding them to salads, or using them for our homemade spouted mung bean hummus.
Utilizing the local cashew nut harvests from the Thai island of Koh Phayam, where we are located, we have numerous dishes which offer high protein content and heart healthy fats, such as our homemade holy basil and cashew nut pesto, cashew butter, cashew cheese and much much more. Also available to buy from our shop…
As well as offering two types of probiotic yoghurt ( one sugar free regular yoghurt, and the other a dairy free coconut milk yoghurt), we also use our own homemade probiotic apple cider and pineapple cider vinegars (which are also available through our shop). Probiotic foods help to protect and rebuild the good bacteria in our guts, which are essential for the proper functioning of our immune system and body as a whole. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, and the toxic food, drink and environment that our bodies are exposed to, taking care of our gut flora is crucial to our well being. Probiotic food helps us to take care of our gut in order to take care of ourselves.
We believe that being vegan or gluten free should not mean having a more limited choice; for that reason we have developed in house recipes to meet your needs, including cashew herb cream cheese, mockzarella, vegan cheese sauce, raw, vegan gluten free desserts and cakes, gluten free or vegan crepes, gluten free flat bread or pizza… and much much more.
If you have an allergy, or food sensitivity (including how much chili you prefer!), you can tell us and we will make sure that ingredient isn’t added to your meal, or advise you on what items are appropriate for your choices and needs.
Whether you believe the hype around superfoods or not, the fact that they are nutritional power houses is indisputable. Adding them to your diet, especially if you do so regularly, provides you with a huge boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help to make you look and feel amazing, as well as protecting you from countless diseases and healing, revitalizing and energizing you from the inside out.
At Cha Chai Home we offer a wide range of superfoods, both included in drinks and food from our menu, or available to be added to anything you chose to eat. We also offer them for sale in our shop, both at the restaurant and online. Our organic superfoods include chlorella, spirulina, maca, goji berries, acai berry powder, 100% premium Japanese matcha, cocoa nibs, moringa, chia seeds, flax seeds… and many more (please see our products section for more information.
With over 20 different fruits and vegetables on our menu, and over 30 different homemade sauces, spreads, nut butters and nut cheeses, plus homemade bread, roti, chapati, pizza, cakes and biscuits – including gluten free and vegan options – you can be confident that you food you eat at Cha Chai is both fresh, homemade and full of love and goodness.
Because it’s all the little things which create the whole, we also pay attention to the details. At Cha Chai Home we use only heart healthy oils, low sodium soy sauce, natural sea salt, and we do not add MSG to any of our food. We believe it’s not just what we prepare for you which counts, but also how we prepare it. You can be confident that whatever you eat and drink with us has been prepared with love and attention to details every single time.
At Cha Chai Home we are wholly behind whole grains! We use wholegrain rice, and our homemade bread is made with oats, wholewheat and rye flour with sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds added. Whole grains are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and can reduce your chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
5 lettuce leaves (torn into pieces)
1/8 head of cabbage (finely sliced)
½ carrot (julienned)
2 spring onions (cut into 1” strips)
1 large handful of fresh beansprouts
1 slice of firm tofu
1/2 an onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Cha-Chai Home-made Mango Chutney
1 handful of raisins
1 small bowl of homemade or natural unsweetened yoghurt
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1. Cut the firm tofu into 1″ x 1/2″ pieces, then deep fry in Canola oil.
2. Fry the garlic and onion in a frying pan with Canola, or other healthful oil, until fragrant and golden, then add the fried tofu pieces.
3. Add the mango chutney, raisins and soy sauce and stir all the ingredients together, ensuring that the tofu is fully coated in the sauce.
1. Cut all the fresh, raw vegetables (as instructed in the ingredients list), and toss together.
1. Mix together the unsweetened homemade/natural yohgurt with the lemon juice
Finally, place the mixed salad base on the plate, pile on the topping and serve with a small bowl of the yohgurt and lemon dressing.