[Photographs: David Straight]
A very long time ago, I came to look at what is now My Kitchen, back when it was a dirgy flat above a shop. It looks much better now, slightly mod and very clean. We like the white walls, the red vinyl seats, the timber. We also like the terrific sign on the wall that says “Happy time on the table”. The service is attentive, and helpful – a new trend we’re noticing among the cheap and cheerfuls, and something we welcome.
My Kitchen is Taiwanese. You should eat the wine chicken ($7.90), a classic dish, chicken poached in rice wine with fermented soybeans, sweet and oily, served cold. You should also try the Taiwanese sausage ($5.90), which is sweet and crumbly but packed with serious heat. The “three-sauce chicken on rice” ($11.90) was good – perfectly cooked, if very sweet. But we like the “dry noodle with pork mince” ($8.90) – classically Taiwanese, noodles topped with pork mince, tiny pieces of pork belly, mushroom and soybeans. It is nutty and savoury, simple and very, very good.
Then there were the Taiwanese meat balls ($5.90), sausage meat in a gelatinous casing, imbued with stinky tofu – we won’t tell you what it reminded us of, but it’s an acquired taste that we can’t manage, clearly. Avoid that and you will, mostly, have a happy time on the table. SFG
HOURS Monday to Sunday, 11.30am to late
ADDRESS 543 Dominion Road, Balmoral, ph 630-9600.
IMPORTANT DETAILS My Kitchen, being Taiwanese, has an excellent selection of bubble teas. We like the green tea with apple.