Little Maru’s Kitchen
Friday… That time of week where we have limited motivation to eat our pre-prepared healthy lunch and go in search of delectable goodness, preferably with an insane amount of carbs. Mmmm carbs.
We’ve been couped up for weeks navigating through COVID-19. Now, as restrictions finally start to relax, we see our new world unfolding. And by new world I mean the over-the-top, stating-the-obvious, over-use of signs that everyone still seems to ignore. So if I can squeeze in a little reminder, please keep your distance. I, for one, do not want to feel your breath on my neck especially as we line up for food. I didn’t like it before, and I certainly won’t be welcoming it now. Social distancing is the new personal space. All you have to do, is stand on the x, or you know, just don’t breath on people’s necks!
Back to the carbs… Today’s cheeky adventure was pre-scouted on the way to work when I picked up the incredible scent of Little Maru’s kitchen firing up.
Come 12pm, the crew assembled and we embarked on the journey from Eagle Street to Gresham Lane. We pushed through the hunger pains, fought the Antarctic winds and battled the other 50 CBD workers sniffing out their Friday soul food.
On arrival, we were greeted and given a menu to peruse. Now I’m typically a “give me one of everything” kinda gal, especially when I’m extremely ravenous. So the Signature Cup-Rice was absolutely perfect. Because who doesn’t want fried chicken, spicy pork and Bulgogi all in one dish! You order on funky little tablets and then pay at the counter (thank you captain obvious).
Service is really quick so keep an ear out for your number being called as others may be quick to claim your order as there’s. As was in our case… the Signature dish was just too good and snatched up by another customer. But I understand because when we are starving and all you can smell is the sweet, sweet Korean spices wafting through your nostrils, it can be difficult to remember what your number was.
We are an inclusive bunch, so we thought it was best to share our newly found culinary delights with our other workmates back at the office whilst they shovelled down their home-made salads. By share I mean, ate in front-of and poked the glorious take-away menu in their faces. I’m sure their salad was delicious… but the Signature dish! Oh my days!! Prepare your taste buds for a moist, delectable discovery. Moist but not squelchy… subtle difference.
The chicken was crispy, the pork was spicy, the bulgogi… beefy! I’m not a Korean food expert so please forgive my description of the remaining surprise sides. The meat sat on a bed of rice with some sort of purple beans? That’s fun. Followed by sides of two different noodles. One, a delicious rice noodle (more sweet) and the other, squeaky bean shoots? (more tart/tangy taste). Everything was topped with a salsa and BEWARE there is coriander!
Everything worked really well together and my mouth is still watering thinking about it (except when I got a hit of coriander… blah).
I would absolutely recommend a little trek down Gresham Lane to check out Little Maru, amongst the other hidden gems. Indulge your senses and treat-yo-self!
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