Phyco Food Co, curators of seaweed (love that tagline!) is Jared Ingersoll‘s newest project. Some may remember the chef’s slow food cafe/restaurant Danks Street Depot. In Phyco, he continues with his philosophy of excellent food quality in a different format.
You can find Phyco every Saturday at the Eveleigh markets. Their products include salts, seaweed and cookbooks.
They also offer a few dishes showcasing the nutritional powerhouse that so many people in the West neglect: seaweed. Sea vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly iodine, which is essential for proper thyroid function. Table and bread-making salt fortification with iodine worked for a while in countries like Australia, until people started consuming fancy salts and organic bread. I prefer sea/pink salt to the cheap iodized varieties and do not eat bread, so I make sure I consume seaweed regularly.
On to the food! Pork belly is always a winner and this was no exception. The pork belly poached in wakame with daikon had the perfect Asian vibe going on. While the meat was tender it was a bit difficult to cut it with the provided wooden fork so we ended up stabbing it and taking turns for biting it. Not recommended for a first date.
Pork belly poached in wakame with daikon ($10)
The roasted field mushrooms, roast garlic with nori packed a lot of flavour and an interesting texture. The dish looked small but was very satisfying, even for meat eaters like us.
Roasted field mushrooms, roast garlic with nori ($10)