During the last two years, I have made several half-attempts to go vegan.
Trust me, I didn’t go too far with my declarations. It’s so difficult to be a vegan in the Philippines. Case on point: I order just a salad in a cafe in the Philippines. The whole kitchen seems to find this insulting and returns to me a plate with more dressing than greens.
The notion of ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ seems like absurd ideas in the Philippines. In a country where junk food is cheaper than fruits, unhealthy food are cheaper, saltier, tastier–hence preferred.
It has only been pretty recent when health and nutrition awareness has improved. People are now taking a more proactive role in getting fit, eating healthy and living better. We still have a long way to go, but initiatives from individuals and businesses helped expand the once-little niche of clean eating.
Mooshi Green Bar opened their newest branch in Filinvest Cyberzone IT Park Lahug, Cebu City, at the very heart of Cebu’s booming BPO industry. It is the first ever branch that is an actual cafe and not just a juice bar; offering healthy light meals, pastas and salads along with their green smoothies and fresh juices.
As you all know, the BPO industry promotes an very unhealthy lifestyle: unhealthy diet, stress, irregular body clock and a sedentary work environment, and to some extent, a smoking culture. Thus it is great that Mooshi is located in the heart of Cebu’s booming BPO industry, IT Park, Lahug–bringing healthy food closer to the bulk of Cebu’s white collar force.
This is done in cooperation with The Lazy Chef a.k.a. Chip Lopez who created the menu for Mooshi. This collaboration is an important keyword for me. Chip Lopez, in my opinion, is such a strong influencer in clean eating; she is among the few names I trust in green advocacy.
Chip created the menu with wholesome ingredients, giving a healthy twist to classic favorites. Their pasta, dressing and sauces are all made from scratch, preservative-free.
Some of my favorite appetizers were the Fresh Quinoa Rolls, Flatbread with Herbed Cheese and quirkily named kale-sadilla.
Pasta dishes are always a classic bestseller. Malunggay Fettuccine, Three-Cheese Lasagna and Chicken Mushroom Alfredo are some good choices among the pasta selections.
The salads in Mooshi I recommend are the Feel Good Salad with their and Mango-Maca dressing and the Earth Bowl, which is a mix of leafy greens, sweet potato, chickpeas, quinoa and other vegetables.
For drinks, I always prefer the Happy Mooshi and I love their Spinach Yogurt Ice Cream.
They serve breakfast food, too! Open the day with Mooshi’s Baked Eggs, Mushroom Benedict, Waffles, Chorizo Fajita and if you want the whole breakfast shenanigan, the Mooshi Breakfast Club.
Mooshi has partnered with local farmers in only sourcing the freshest ingredients: native eggs, free range chickens, grass-fed beef and pork, organic vegetables, sea salt, and liquid aminos instead of soy sauce.
The best thing about eating green is you feel full, but not yucky (in bisaya, ‘bidli‘) after a full meal.
Mooshi Green Bar
Address: Ground Floor of Filinvest Cyberzone, I.T. Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Opening Hours: Open daily from 7am to 10pm
Contact: 0917 593 6059 / 09228478500
Mooshi also has branches in SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and Banilad Town Center that serves green smoothies and fresh juices.