During our tour around Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, we stopped at the Whole Earth Restaurant for a choice of Ayurvedic Indian, Thai and vegetarian cuisine. Our tasting menu served selections from each of these cooking styles.
When the staff brought the food to the table, the dishes were so colorful and the aromas of curry along with all of the other spices awakened our senses.
The Whole Earth’s motto, “We proudly represent a combined dining experience between two cultures to enlighten our customer’s minds and blissful souls.”
Their Seafood Curry was served in a banana leaf bowl and you could really taste the coconut!
For the next dish, the cook cut off the tops of pineapples and removed the insides to make a pineapple bowl for warm pieces of ham, raisons, pineapple and fried rice. What a clever way of serving any entrée and a simple idea for us to use back in the United States for dinner parties.
We had a chance to try their classic, ancient Thai spicy sour soup prepared with melted red curry paste, fish sauce, shrimp, cauliflower, long green beans and cabbage (Chinese Bok Choy). In early times, the Thai people only ate fish.
A northern Thailand specialty, the spicy fried fish cakes were cooked with red curry, tamarind, pineapple and green onions topped with sweet and sour sauce. The ground fish balls were dipped in hot oil and began to float when they were ready.
You will find the tasty Ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine is the purest diet, a delicious part of ancient Indian medicine. They feel vegetables are important for a healthy life.
I have to mention the Whole Earth Restaurant is so reasonable with 29 Baht = $1 US, most of their entrees cost only 140 Baht with the other prices to 450 Baht.
The restaurant’s Thai-style building is surrounded by a beautiful garden setting, a place to walk after the meal. Located among several tourist attractions and next to the popular Night Market, the Whole Earth Restaurant has been open for over 35 years. It was the first vegetarian restaurant and first place to practice transcendental meditation in Chiang Mai. www.wholeearthrestaurant.com
Thailand Wins Three PATA Awards
A community-based home stay project located in Sukhothai province was one of three PATA awards picked up by Thailand at the annual PATA conference held in Kuala Lumpur, April 19-21.
The “Ban Na Ton Chang Community” project won a PATA Gold Award in the Heritage category. The other two were the PATA Grand Award won by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for its environmental project, “7 Greens Concept” and another Gold Award won by the Organic Agriculture Project, Sukhothai Airport, in the Environment Ecotourism Category.
TAT Governor Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni stated, “These awards clearly show that our environmental preservation strategy is working. It is also a great incentive to all of us in the Thai tourism industry to ensure that we balance economic and ecological progress in our future development plans.”
Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, journalist, photographer, and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials.