Growing up in suburban Adelaide with both parents having immigrated from Vietnam, Trinh Richards began cooking with her mother in their home kitchen. Her father, a fisherman, and her mother, a tea and coffee farmer in Southern Vietnam, were the catalyst for Trinh's love of food.

Looking for a sea change, Richards and her husband/co-conspirator, Mike, moved to the Fleurieu Peninsula. After some time in the wine industry, they opened a pop-up market stall. Simple takeaway offerings in its infancy quickly progressed to bistro dining. With a tiny kitchen and 20 seats in a small shed that had once been the original Blacksmith in Aldinga, The Little Rickshaw was born. Expanding from its Vietnamese roots over the past 6 years, Richards has developed the menu into a modern take on Southeast Asian flavors with a focus on freshness and local produce.

With healthy local support, Richards and her team continue to create an ever-evolving dining experience with not-so-subtle smacks of flavor in rustic surroundings.