ShanDong MaMa has been on my to do list for quite a while. Â I love dumplings and sure, I can make my own, but the problem is a) I’m lazy; b) I’m impatient and c) I’m greedy. Â This means that whenever I’ve made dumplings, I end up eating them straight from the pan instead of serving them all together.
I’ve read reviews about the vegan dumplings from ShanDong Mama and I was on a tram going by Bourke Street so the choice for a lunch venue was pretty clear! Â ShanDong MaMa is located in theÂ Mid City Centre arcade:
I asked the waitress for the vegan dumplings. Â I didn’t wait for a menu (remember folks, impatient and greedy) and I was asked if I wanted the dumplings boiled or pan fried. Â Pan fried all the way thanks, I want those crispy bits!
A glass of tea and the bill arrived while I waited:
The dumplings took about ten minutes before they were slapped down in front of me tennis-lob style. Â At first bite, I knew I would just inhale the rest. Â The dumplings are called vegan zucchini dumplings on the menu and are filled with tofu, zucchini (of course), black fungus, rice noodles, coriander and ginger. Â Really light, refreshing flavours. There are someÂ sauces and chilli on the tables:
I visited at around 1:30 so the lunch rush was over and there were a few free tables. I didn’t get a photo of the inside as I was too close to other people, sorry! I noticed a family with a toddler sitting in a booth, but the stroller was left outside so keep that in mind if you have a pram. The entry door was flat and wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. After being seated you can order your meal at the table then pay at a counter. I don’t recall seeing toilets but I admit I was more focused on my food than looking around. Â There might be toilets in the mall outside.
I paid $12.80 for twelve dumplings. I didn’t bother asking for a menu because I was there for those dumplings!
Have you visited ShanDong MaMa and had a vegan dish other than the dumplings?
Shop 7, 200 Bourke Street (in the Mid CIty Arcade)
03 9650 3818 (they do not take bookings)