About ShanDong MaMa

MaMa’s homestyle cooking We all love an underdog. And ShanDong MaMa is one of them. It’s not glitz. It’s not glam and the chef isn’t exactly a traditional ‘chef’. Owned by Ying Hou and her mother Meiyan Wang (MaMa) this family run business serves traditional recipes from the fishing town of Yantai in the Chinese Shandong Peninsula. From keeping books in Yantai for the Chinese government to ‘chef’ at ShanDong in one of Melbourne’s older city shopping arcades, MaMa offers home-style cooking that we all love and trust. This place is a genuine surprise. Found among bargain clothing stores and phone accessory shops, the design is simple - think light cream walls, tiled floors and fresh plants, but the food is rustic and tastes damn good. In fact, ShanDong might just have some of Melbourne’s best dumplings. The fish dumplings are particularly delicious. The little parcels are made from scratch, filled with mackerel, chives, coriander, ginger and spring onion, and they’re fresh and flavoursome. We will happily devour a dozen - or more. Word has got out that this place is good, but don’t be deterred. Service is fast, and you’ll never be sitting at your table tapping your chopsticks on the table thinking ‘where the f is my food’. Great work MaMa. Best dish: fish dumplings

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