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MY KITCHEN

[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.

3 Comments

  1. Michelle wrote:

    I’d been very much looking forward to trying this place, and it was pretty good but I was a wee bit disappointed that all the food we ordered was very oily. It’s definitely good value for money but beware the grease factor – don’t expect to come away feeling healthy and virtuous.

    We had the ‘dry noodle with pork mince’ mentioned above, yum but very greasy, loved the marinated egg that came with it. Also had the three sauce chicken, delicious, eating the meat off the bone like that regularly could certainly go a long way to improving your skills with chopsticks. Also had a plate of takoyaki (octopus balls), good value for money although the batter to octopus ratio could be improved!

    3x dishes = $27.30. Cheap and cheerful definitely but not sure I’ll be back.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Dissapointed wrote:

    This place was absolutely awful. My food came out long before my friends and was borderline cold like it had been sitting aside waiting for someone to order it. It was so oily and so fatty and had no flavor.
    I will give the waiter credit he did suggest I try another pork dish but the Braised pork sounded far better then the western standard he was suggesting of a Pork Katsu-esk dish which I found less then appealing. The waiters were rude and kept rushing us to order even though it wasn’t even half full. My companies food was also bland and unappetizing.

    On the upside they so AMAZING Pearl Tea! So maybe I will go back just for this. Wish I had liked this place, the surroundings were nicer then the other places along Dominion but that sort of adds to their charm along with the incredible food at places like Barilla, NF and Panda Noodle Express.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Permalink
  3. Mariska wrote:

    I love the braised pork belly from this place. The meal comes with corn soup and some Taiwanese scrambled eggs, and rice. Heavenly! Service was pretty slow though, and I got my food way earlier than some of my friends…

    Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

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