The much anticipated Shandong MaMa Mini has finally opened its rollershutter in Centre place (the laneway that connects to DeGraves street). The original Shandong MaMa is not exactly cavernous but Shandong MaMa Mini is really teeny tiny as the name suggests.
Fans of the original will be pleased to know the dumplings are here, including the famous “Melbourne” dumplings although the dumplings are only fried, not steamed. The pork dumplings ($10.80) are long and thin with a crisp pan fried base. Stuffed with pork mince flecked with finely chopped cabbage and coriander there’s just enough ginger to keep things interesting.
There’s also a list of “Mama’s little dishes” which are all sorts of things which will go rather well with the beers they plan on serving at Shandong MaMa Mini once their liquor licence comes through in a month or so. The lotus root chips ($5) are not the hot chips I had hoped for but rather dried salty chips, like a rather exotic pretzel. Best with a beer I think.
But the Bao are sensational. I loved the stewed pork belly bao ($4.50) with its pillowy soft bun and slow cooked sticky sweet meat. Good things really do come in mini packages.
Details: Shandong MaMa Mini, 5 Centre place, Melbourne
Damage:Such a bargain my mother would approve.