SPICY OF­FER­INGS AT THE ASIAN KITCHEN

ECOÒFRIENDLY: Asian Kitchen is a small, eclec­tic and in­ti­mate restau­rant with just six ta­bles. It has an eco-friendly restau­rant in­te­rior de­sign creat­ing a ‘green space’ with ta­bles that are made of re­cy­cled wood

The East African - - MAGAZINE - Jef­fer­son Ru­manyika, Spe­cial

Correspondent

Asia, the most pop­u­lous con­ti­nent, has many great cuisines. And now, restau­rants serv­ing Asian food have sprung up in Kigali to ac­com­mo­date the tastes of peo­ple who like it.

The Asian Kitchen has stepped up to the plate to serve healthy cui­sine. The restau­rant is lo­cated at Kisi­menti, next to the Sawa City Re­mera su­per­mar­ket.

Asian Kitchen is a small, eclec­tic and in­ti­mate restau­rant with just six ta­bles. It has an eco-friendly restau­rant in­te­rior de­sign creat­ing a “green space.” The ta­bles are made of re­cy­cled wood, and plants in vases bring the whole space to life.

Asian Kitchen of­fers Thai, Viet­namese, Korean, Chi­nese and Ja­panese cui­sine. Most of the clien­tele are ex­pa­tri­ates.

After thumb­ing through the menu, I de­cided to try the monthly spe­cial — a spicy curry chicken. It was chicken and vegetable stir-fried with green curry paste served with white rice and tofu nuggets.

The crisply baked tofu nuggets were savoury and blended well with the ve­gan ranch dress­ing. The rice was fluffy and ten­der and salted to taste. The chicken curry was hot and spicy, with the chicken in bite-size por­tion and a lit­tle too chewy for my lik­ing.

The stir-fried veg­eta­bles in the curry were fresh and so heav­ily spiced that I started sweating pro­fusely after eat­ing them.

The chicken was gar­nished with toma­toes, lemon and co­rian­der, which made for quite an ad­ven­ture for the palate.

Lunch menu

Asian Kitchen has a set lunch menu that comes with a drink and nuggets at an all-in­clu­sive price. Lunch of­fer­ings in­clude green curry, red curry, noo­dles, rice, fried rice, beef fil­let, and chilli chicken. The vege­tar­ian menu con­sists of tofu nuggets, spring rolls, sal­ads and Asian fried rice, and milk pud­dings.

The restau­rant of­fers side orders of tofu nuggets, som tam salad and spring rolls. Desserts in­clude milk pud­ding, mango sauce and ice cream.

Asian Kitchen’s green tea latte was a first for me. There is hardly any dish on the menu with­out a vegetable in it.the restau­rant’s fresh straw­berry soda is made on-site with fresh straw­ber­ries har­vested from their farm in Rwanda. It is a must try.

Asian Kitchen has a wide choice of bev­er­ages — lo­cal beers, wines, spe­cialty smooth­ies, soft drinks and dif­fer­ent types of cof­fee. The restau­rant is an in­ti­mate pri­vate spot if you want to get away from the crowds, and is definitely worth a visit.

Pic­tures: Jef­fer­son Ru­manyika

Spicy curry chicken served with white rice and gar­nished with lemon, toma­toes and co­rian­der. Below, the Asian Kitchen restau­rant.

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