Top Kitchen | Wellington CBD

There are very few things that bring comfort to my soul (and tummy) quite like Chinese food. Whether I’m feeling sickly, lazy or just plain ravenous, Chinese food seems to be the answer to everything. I know it’s not exactly the healthiest of all cuisines, but it sure is one of the tastiest!

One place which endeared itself to us is Top Kitchen, a small family-run restaurant along Cuba Street. When we first visited, we tried the usual roasted meats over rice and weren’t too blown away. We returned a second time to try their other dishes and were so satisfied that we’ve come back multiple times since then.

a plate of home made tofu rectangles with chopped seafood pieces and beans, swimming in  brown sauce
Homemade Tofu (NZ$16.80)

One of our favorites from Top Kitchen is their homemade tofu. It’s the one called “homemade tofu with minced pork” on the menu, but for some strange reason there’s no pork in the dish each time we order it. Rather, there are some chopped up pieces of seafood and some beans. We never questioned it, though, as we absolutely love this dish.

a basket filled with deep fried pork spare ribs tossed in chili, salt and pepper
Salt & Pepper Pork Ribs (NZ$17.80)

Another favorite is their salt & pepper pork ribs. S is a massive fan of this dish and I can clearly see why. Each piece is a balance of salty and spicy with just a hint of sweetness. We recommend using your fingers to make sure you get all that meat off the bones, so eating this can get a bit messy. Personally, I prefer gnawing on the bones in the privacy of our home so that no one can witness my savagery. However if you don’t mind doing that in public, then good for you! I’m sure I won’t be judging you.

a plate filled with fried chicken cubes, vegetables and pineapple chunks in a sticky sweet and sour sauce
Sweet & Sour Chicken (NZ$16.80)

During our last visit, we went there with our friend C. Since there were more of us, we decided to order an extra dish. The sweet and sour chicken was much more sour than I would have liked, but S and C didn’t seem to mind. It was good, but probably not something we’d order again in the future.

a plate full of the famous Yang Chow Fried Rice
Yang Chow Fried Rice (NZ$12.50)

Although all our dishes were probably best eaten with steamed white rice, we couldn’t resist ordering the yang chow fried rice. This is, by far, the best version we’ve had in Welly. It’s easy to enjoy it on its own since it’s laden with so much flavor. It is very greasy, but let’s face it, it won’t be an awesome plate of fried rice if it doesn’t have that much oil in it!

Top Kitchen: 127a Cuba Mall, Te Aro, Wellington

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