Keyo's Little Kithen

Interesting find at a Zamboanga City restaurant

Murtabak ayam is roti filled with cabbage, onions and chicken with curry sauce

Murtabak ayam is roti filled with cabbage, onions and chicken with curry sauce

The smell of freshly made roti and curry filled my space as the waiter was about to place one of my orders on my table. Who can resist such a smell? It only made me hungrier that once the roti tulul, roti filled with scrambled egg and folded, I delved in, cutting a piece and dipping it in the curry sauce with minced beef bits.

Keyo’s Little Kitchen in Zamboanga City used to be found in Nunez Street but when it’s contract expired, it moved to Purisima St., just near Ateneo de Zamboanga. Named after the owner’s son, Keyo, it is owned by Hajji Allan Tungupon. This probably explains why it’s menu is not only filled with popular Filipino snack and meal fare from shakes to pastas and rice meals. But what made me curious was it’s Malaysian and Tausug dishes.

I skipped the ordinary items on the menu and asked for the Malaysian ones like the mee goreng or the biryani but these were only available for 2-3 person servings. Their Tausug fare, like chicken piyanggang, tiyula itum, latal (a smorgasbord of native dishes) and beef kumla were also for groups that I opted instead to have the roti and the murtabak ayam (chicken). For the drink, I ordered tea tarikh.

I loved the curry sauce. It’s spiciness is just enough and complemented well with the sweetish flavor of the roti. I especially liked the bits of minced beef. The murtabak ayam though needs some loving as it tasted flat and not even the curry sauce dip helped.

If you’re in Zamboanga City, do try something out of the usual at Keyo’s.

Roti tulul is roti filled with scrambled egg. It has a curry sauce as dip as well.

Roti tulul is roti filled with scrambled egg. It has a curry sauce as dip as well.

The curry sauce with minced beef bits

The curry sauce with minced beef bits

Roti tulul, left; tea tarikh, right

Roti tulul, left; tea tarikh, right

Keyo’s Little Kitchen
La Purisima St., Zone III
Zamboanga City
For orders, call Rhay: +63 927 5781050
0800H-2000H

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    October 14, 2014 @ 23:19

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