Melbourne is definitely spoilt when it comes to dumplings.
Being out of the foodie-loop for a while means that I wasn’t even aware that another dumpling joint had opened up a number of weeks ago until Libby suggested ShanDong Mama as a post-work catch/meet-up spot with Winston and Dave. Poor Daisy was sick so couldn’t make it but there will be next times I’m sure ;).
After walking in the wrong direction (it happens), I found a guy who I assumed was theragingcook aka Dave. After confirming his identity (lol), we headed in to peruse the menus as the others were running a bit late.
(I unfortunately forgot my camera at home so these are just for the ol’Samsung Galaxy S2)
No photos of the drinks but you should definitely check out Dave’s 8 Treasure Tea – very pretty but a bit too hot on a warm summer night!
Libby soon arrived and helped out with the orders. It’s always nice to eat out with fellow foodies coz we’re all on the same wave length about trying a bit of everything :).
None of us had really done our research but we knew dumplings were a must! It did seem appropriate to have at least one dish of a different variety though. We decided to try the noodles with shredded port, egg and seasonal vegetables in sesame sauce.
First thoughts were that it looked a bit like the Korean bibimbap. Presentation? Probably 7/10. Flavour? It was a bit bland and tasted a lot better once I added a bit of soya sauce so probably 6/10 (Oh dear, I think I’ve watched too much MKR).
Then it was onto the main event:
The pork dumplings were definitely the favourite of the night! Juicy and perfectly balanced flavours, it was the sure winner!
The Melbourne dumplings were interesting… a combination of diced seafood (prawn, calamari, mussels, fish) and chicken mince, lemon rind, olive oil, parsley and garlic – it was Mama’s new contemporary recipe inspired by Australian multicultural food scene. I thought of the lemon rind was very clever and made it something different and quite enjoyable.
The Mackerel dumplings were pretty good too but I think I’ll have a better appreciation of them now that I’ve watched this video :).
It is a bit hard to find as it isn’t visible from street so just look out for the [200 Bourke St] sign outside the arcade in which it is located!
Shop 7, 200 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Question: Do you like your dumplings fried or boiled?