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Published November 22nd 2017
Become part of the family
From the moment you spot the modern signage on the road, there is something a bit more considered about Mama's Kitchen compared to other places in Yuksom, and indeed in most of India.
The simple cottage-style rooms here are an affordable place to sleep but the selling point is really hostess Pema and her delicious food. The recent wooden hut was built to house a modern kitchen which provides a view of food preparation akin to watching a TV chef. It's also open to guests to use so baking bread, making your own coffee in the morning and whatever else you feel like whipping up is encouraged. When it got busy one afternoon all the residents started helping out in the kitchen to make sure everyone was fed in good time.
Be prepared, it may take a while for your food to arrive. Pema is delightful at welcoming people and becoming friends with those that realise this is the nicest spot to hang out in town, but since everything is prepared fresh and she doesn't like to say no to requests you can spend time waiting. Best is to see what she is already preparing and get involved with that – you won't go far wrong with anything on the menu. Even better is if she is preparing something special (her Pizza is incredible).
You can have a small fire in the courtyard and it makes for a lovely atmosphere when a few people are telling travel stories over a Chhang (local fermented millet "beer" served in a bamboo tube and topped up with hot water) or HIT (the locally brewed "super strong" beer which would go down well in craft beer circles if the marketing made more of it's organic Sikkimese pedigree rather than how strong it is).
Pema with Anna at the Gala dinner after the local marathon
Pema is not only a star in the kitchen she's a really good local your operator too.!Ask her to show around the place n she will be more than happy to do so... She makes sure that the place is kept tidy and the guests are comfy content and cosy at all times ..
And literally the food is a must must have here.. even the simplest of dishes like thenthuk had great flavour and texture..
Highly highly recommended..!!