Little Master serves up Shaanxi-style (Northwestern) Chinese cuisine a stone's throw away from the Mecca of good food that is Northtown Way . There's seating for maybe a dozen and the walls are covered with hand-drawn art of Little Master himself.
Skewers are a traditional part of Shaanxi cuisine, so I order a lot of them. The Lamb Kebab ($2.99 each) is the winner here with cumin and chill powder giving it a punch.
The Deep Fried Gluten ($1.99) and Curd Rolls ($1.99) are less flavourful and probably not something I'd order again.
The most unique skewer might be the Deep Fried Coriander ($1.99). Here, the fragrant coriander is wrapped in a beancurd skin and basted in a spicy sauce, making for a light yet excellent snack.
For the less adventurous palate I'd recommend the Fried Boneless Chicken Strips ($5.99). They come delicately battered with a side of sweet Thousand Island-like dipping sauce.
Shaanxi-style cuisine is traditionally lamb-heavy, so the Lamb Pilaf ($9.99) is a must-try. Seasoned rice and sweet potatoes are served with several cuts of fatty lamb. The meat is a tad gamey and buttery rich, which is just what I'm looking for. It's fantastic.
The Braised Chicken with Noodles ($8.99) are also very good - the chicken is tender and the noodles are enjoyably chewy.
An unexpected highlight of my meal is the Pork with Salted Vegetables on Rice ($8.99). This is more of a Taiwanese dish than a Shaanxi one - the fattiness of the pork adds tons of flavour to the rice and a dash of chili oil kicks it up to another level.
To cool things down you can't go wrong with either the Honey Lemon Juice or Honey Green Tea ($3.49 each).