FOOD REVIEW: My Little Kitchen
WHEN YOU pass Kuching’s Chinatown, you may immediately notice the Chinese inspired architectural design and elements from the big archway entrance to the Chinese temples and even some coffeeshops.
For local people, it has been known to house some of the most popular eating places in Kuching as well as some other old shops such as bicycle shops, bookstores, jewelry shops and even hardware stores.
Typically, you can find coffeeshops selling local food such as kolo mee and laksa at every corner of the place but, I bet most of us would not expect to find an eating place that serves Swedish-inspired food.
Located in the quiet and somewhat rustic Upper China Street of Kuching, it was not hard to locate My Little Kitchen owned by Tommi Laine and his wife Brenda Ong-Laine. Having been cooking for 30 years now, Tommi decided to channel his passion into opening this one of a kind, must-try eatery with his wife.
If you are looking to dine at a quiet and peaceful place by yourself or maybe with a few friends or family, then My Little Kitchen is definitely the place for you to try.
The first dish that I had was the Spicy Tex Mex Wrap made up of minced beef and mashed potatoes with freshly sliced onions in a tortilla wrap. As Brenda was kind enough to inform me, she suggested that I add in some mashed potatoes in my wrap as it is spicy.
If you love spicy food, then this is definitely one of those things you should try. Hot and spicy yet flavourful, the Tex Mex Wrap is definitely filling.
In one bite, you can definitely taste the creaminess of the mashed potatoes and the well seasoned minced beef as well as the freshness of the sliced onions. And did I mention that the mayonnaise as well as the tortilla wrap is homemade? Fresh batches are made every day and I dare say that you can even tell the ingredients used are fresh.
Besides beef, you might also enjoy other selections in your wrap such as the tender chicken chicken wrap, Swedish wrap ‘Tunnbrödrulle’ which is sausages with mashed potatoes in the wrap or you can even choose the mix wrap, which is Tex Mex and chicken mixed together. To make this dish more Swedish, it is recommended that you add Gherkin (savory pickled cucumber) to your wrap.
Another dish with a unique flavor is the roasted chicken thigh seasoned with curry. As most people would have expected, roasted chicken would come out dry and have less flavor, but you would be proven wrong once you have the one at My Little Kitchen. Tender, juicy and flavourful, the meat peels easily from the bone with one gentle tug of your fork.
The sauce for the chicken and rice definitely have a unique flavor and you can taste all the herbs used to prepare it. It was light and creamy without being too overwhelming.
For the final dish, Brenda was considerate enough to give me a small portion of spaghetti beef bolognaise in which she referred to as ‘baby portion’ since I couldn’t possibly finish all three meals by myself. Mind you, the actual size of the spaghetti was actually more than twice I had.
Like the other dishes, the spaghetti sauce was also made from scratch as Tommi refused to use those that come from the can as he believes in the freshness and the quality of the food is important.
Visitors would definitely not leave disappointed after having their meal in My Little Kitchen since the food is served in rather large quantity and yet it is still healthy as no preservative or MSG is added. On top of that, My Little Kitchen does not serve pork or alcohol, so it is a perfect place for everyone to hang out and also for family to have a dine out now and then. Lastly, if you are a coffee drinker, I highly recommend you do try their freshly brewed coffee after meal.
My Little Kitchen is opened from 6 till 9.30 pm but if you plan on hanging around there longer, it would not be a problem since Tommi and Brenda are always welcoming their guest with open arms.
To know more about the special dishes My Little Kitchen has to offer, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleKitchen56