Happy New Year to you all!
Just before Christmas a new Samoan takeaway called Tausala Kitchen opened in Brisbane, Queensland. They sell the most delicious food and all of it freshly made on the day it's sold - no masi samoa or paifala sitting around for who-knows-how-long. The cooks wake up at 4:00 AM every morning to churn out the fresh, flavorful and authentic Samoan food.
I ordered a mixed plate of food, some German Buns, and some oka, and every dish exceeded my expectations. The mixed plate was a classic combination of curry, chop suey, taro, chicken and lamb. I was especially blown away by the chop suey, because the vermicelli was perfectly cooked (I am notorious for overcooking this). The lamb cuts were cooked to perfection and I couldn't complain about the portion size of the meal. In fact, the portion was so generous that I couldn't even finish it. It's enough to feed two (or me two times...hehe).
There are some people that believe that lemon and lime have no place in oka and Tausala Kitchen proves why. They use the freshest fish and a tantalizing selection of crisp, firm vegetables and the result is a pure white salad where the fish is the star. Mmm, so good.
Now, I don't claim to be a German bun expert, but I have eaten my fair share and I have an opinion on the thing. A particular shop which has built its reputation on its mother shop in Samoa is widely known for this product. However, I think that Tausala's Kitchen does it better. Their German bun is admittedly smaller than most, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. The doughnut pastry is soft and fluffy and fried to perfection. The filling is made from freshly grated coconut and just enough coconut caramel to bind it together. I probably ate five of these in one sitting, they were so irresistible.
If you live in Queensland, I think it is worth making the trip to check out this newest addition to the Samoan cooking scene. The cooks and serving staff are friendly and welcoming, and the shop is clean and inviting. Just so you know, I am in no way affiliated with this shop. I'm just a lover of good Samoan food and this shop ticks all the boxes. Check it out!
Tausala Kitchen, Keidges Road, Bellbird Park, Queensland, Australia.