We arrived at Kitchen Inn nice and early, before the lunchtime rush (it does get really busy at lunch time and sometimes people have to queue up and wait a while before getting a table!) but thankfully because we arrived just after 11am we got a table inside immediately.
We also ordered the Sarawak Laksa. I am not crazy about laksa like most people are, but because my sister was with me we ordered the laksa so she can be the main judge. The flavours were definitely there, and you can definitely taste the authentic Sarawak laksa flavours in this dish, but it just had too much coconut milk which made the soup taste too “milky” and less “punchy”.
|Penang Char Kuay Teow|
The Char Kuay Teow was really not bad, it had all the right flavours and you can definitely taste the smoky flavours that comes from frying them on a really, really hot wok and there was even a little spicy “kick” to it. I have to admit because the noodles were a bit smaller than usual (I am used to the wider flat rice noodles that still retain a firm-ish texture) these noodles were a bit too soft and lacked the texture that “real” Kuay Teow should have. Oh well, it was still tasty nevertheless!
|Bak Kut Teh|
Finally, the Bak Kut Teh. It was alright… the meat wasn’t soft enough, it definitely could’ve been boiling for a lot longer to make the meat super soft, melt in your mouth, and fall off the bone. The soup, had all the right flavours but not enough “punch” to it. If I am being honest, I still prefer the Bak Kut Teh from Coconut House just minutes down the road!
Reality is, this is Melbourne. We are not in Malaysia, and therefore we cannot expect 100% authentic Malaysian food. No matter where you go, it can never be exactly the same as it is back home. We use different fresh produce here, different ingredients, and majority of the local cuisines have been tweaked slightly to be able to cater to more Western tastebuds.
To me, this is as good as it gets (so far) if you are craving a Kolo Mee fix. I am definitely coming back for more Kolo Mee. Won’t bother with other dishes next time, just bowls and bowls of Kolo Mee for me and my hubby please 🙂