ShanDong MaMa has been on my to do list for quite a while. 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. 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! ShanDong MaMa is located in the Mid City Centre arcade:
I asked the waitress for the vegan dumplings. 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. 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. At first bite, I knew I would just inhale the rest. 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. Really light, refreshing flavours. There are some 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. 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)