Whole Earth @ Peck Seah Street

17 JUL 2009 – [INVITED SESSION]

Whole Earth… a rather Zen name… was somehow associated with organic food when I first heard about it… Well, thanks to the invite from HGW, I soon realise that it’s a Vegetarian restaurant that serves Peranakan-Thai food…

Located just a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagah MRT Station, it is not too difficult to find… Even though Whole Earth recently moved to the current location at Peck Seah Street, a healthy lunch crowd was there when I arrived for the food tasting session…

Whole Earth @ Peck Seah Street (Tanjong Pagah)

Whole Earth @ Peck Seah Street (Tanjong Pagah)

Once the small contingent of reviewers arrived, everyone was served a freshly made Honey Lemongrass Drink which I found to be a tad too sweet… We were also served a homemade starter of Seaweed Chips which was nice and rather addictive… perhaps I was too hungry then… 

Appetizer - Homemade Seaweed Chips

Appetizer - Homemade Seaweed Chips

Following this, a series of enticing vegetarian dishes were served in waves… some of which were actually rather mouth-watering… *slurp* 

The fragrant Olive Rice tasted good but seemed a little dry by itself initially… However, I guess it was perfectly fine with the rest of the vegetarian curries and gravied dishes…

Olive Rice

Olive Rice

Not a fan of Tom Yum, I thought the vegetables-filled Tom Yum Soup was rather tasty, not overly sour, and not as spicy as I thought…

Tom Yam Soup

Tom Yum Soup

The next two regularly available vegetables were fried Sambal Kangkong and Bailing Mushroom with Fresh Greens

The fried Sambal Kangkong was decent… although a little more spice would’ve been excellent!

Sambal Kangkong

Sambal Kangkong

The Bailing Mushroom with Fresh Greens was a little bland for me, but I guess that’s just me…

Bailing Mushroom with Fresh Greens

Bailing Mushroom with Fresh Greens

The slightly sourish and mildly spicy Assam Pedas was fantastic! I was told the sauce was prepared over 5 hours with a whole list of ingredients including but not limited to galangal, tamarind, ginger, chilli and lemongrass… It seemed like any regular Assam Pedas… just without the fish!! Apparently, three different types of beancurds and seaweed were used to achieve the texture of the fish… A very impressive, well done dish, and a definite must try!!

Assam Pedas

Assam Pedas

The vegetarian Ngor Hiang, thinly sliced, tasted average and not quite comparable to the real meaty Ngor Hiang!! I guess I still prefer the taste of the real thing… 

Ngor Hiang

Ngor Hiang

Probably the weakest link, I found the Thai Green Curry to be lacking in flavors…

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

The next two dishes were quite outstanding!! First, the mushroom within the flavorsome Nyonya Curry, prepared to be slightly tougher, successfully replicated the texture of how a curry meat felt like… Together with the thick and tasty curry, I found it to be very addictive… 

Nyonya Curry

Nyonya Curry

To me, their Rendang Curry, did not quite taste like regular Rendang Curry, but more like a different variant of the earlier Nyonya Curry. However, I was quite addicted to the taste and texture of the mushrooms…

Rendang Curry

Rendang Curry

The final dish that arrive was the Steamed Tofu with minced Oats paste. Now… this is another excellent must-try dish… especially after learning that the tofu was topped with minced oat paste…  Very unique!!

Tofu

Steamed Tofu with minced Oats paste

To sum this excellent food tasting session up, I thought most of the vegetarian dishes presented were great… each was very nicely prepared and some obviously with lots of thoughts put into its creation… specially the use of mushrooms to achieve the ‘illusion’ of meat… 

I can already see myself bringing Wifey to this Peranakan vegetarian joint in the not too distant future! 

 

My Final Rating: 7.5/10

Address:
76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore

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