Friday, 16 August 2013

Whole Earth Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant (Tanjong Pagar)

Whole Earth Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant (oh such a mouthful!) is as its name suggest a restaurant that serves Peranakan-Thai style Vegetarian cuisine - such a unique concept. Their concept includes using healthy and fresh ingredients to bring out the flavours targeting healthy freaks individuals, providing a healthier choice to customers.

Whole Earth first opened its doors for business in 2003 (this year marks its 10th anniversary). The restaurant is located at Peck Seah Street within a minute walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit A. It's hard to miss this place as they used the huge wall to their advantage advertising their restaurant. 
8 Treasure Cooling Tea with Rosehip
The 8 Treasure Cooling Tea with Rosehip was not bad. But to my friends, they mentioned that it smell and tasted like medicine (cough mixture). So a word of caution, not everyone would like this. 

All the dishes that we ordered and ate were their best sellers.
Sambal Kang Kong $12
The Sambal Kang Kong was well cooked and was still crunchy. The unique belachan sauce in this dish stimulated the different senses of taste (sweet, spicy and salty), to its extreme at times. It was very spicy and yet salty at the same time. I suspect that they had added Marmite to it, and if they did, they have added too much of it. If this dish was less salty, it would have been perfect. Interestingly, this dish was incredibly addictive, I wonder if it was the Marmite flavour (salty) or spiciness that made it so addictive. Beats me.. 
Oatmeal Tofu with Curry Leaves $15
The chunks of tofu in the Oatmeal Tofu with Curry Leaves were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. An addition point to note was that it was not oily. However, the oats were a disappointment. They practically tasteless. Somehow the flavours of the curry leaves was not brought out. On a side note, the Oat Tofu with Curry Leaves looks uncanny similar to Cereal Prawns.
Broccoli with Braised Monkeyhead Mushroom $19
As the name of this dish suggests, the Broccoli with Braised Monkeyhead Mushroom was made up of mushroomhead mushrooms (as mock meat). It was then braised together with broccoli, tang gui herbs and wolfberry. It was well executed and quite a decent dish (though not fantastic)
Penang Rendang $19
Similar, mushroom was used as mockmeat in the Penang Rendang. This was another spicy dish, thought not as spicy as the sambal kangkong. In terms of taste, I thought that it was quite decently executed and similar to those found elsewhere (which uses mockmeat).
Nyonya Curry $19
Leaving the best for the last, the Nyonya Curry was outstanding. 8 hours of preparation and cooking was required for this dish. This dish was made of shiitake mushrooms (as mock meat) and potato in a thick Nyonya style curry sauce. The curry was incredibly flavourful and appetising. The potato and mockmeat tasted wonder in this sauce! Taste as good, if not as even better than other Nyonya Curry found elsewhere. The curry goes well with steamed rice! Yummy!

One of the aim of Whole Earth was to create a place where vegetarians could bring their friends non-vegetarian friends to. I must say that the food was impressive. Some of them not only taste just like the real one, but was even better! You may have noticed by now that mushrooms are commonly used as mockmeat by Whole Earth instead of using soybased or flour mockmeat.

Price wise I would say that it was on the expensive end and the portions were small. The ambiance and environment of the restaurant made it difficult to chat as it amplify and hence cause the place to be very noisy. This was despite the fact that it was only half full. Overall, I would conclude that, the vegetarian food served here are unique and quite good (in terms of taste). 

Whole Earth Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant (Tanjong Pagar)
76 Peck Seah Street
Singapore 079331
Tel: 6323 3308
Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm) 
                                               Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm)

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  1. These are definitely my kind of dishes. The spicy, tangy and herby flavors I usually add into my dishes. Fabulous and each one is a stand out in its own ways. Interesting to note how they used tofu as a replacement for prawns or squids with oats and curry leaves. Giving me ideas on what I can cook at home.

    Over here, such dishes can be pretty expensive too.

  2. Tasty! Somedays introducing none vegetarian folks to vegetarian food is best done with flavorful Nyonya or Thai!

  3. What a name! Like Nava, I love these dishes too! I'm a sucker for good kangkong, always going around hunting for it. I enjoy cooking with oats too; just tried it out with pork 2 days ago & we like it very much. Hungry again now......


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