Mamachau, Adelaide

Seeing Ippudo’s and Momofuku’s pork bun I’ve always been curious about what they tasted like and it finally arrives for us in the form of Mamachau. Mamachau called these buns “Asian tacos” which confused me – it really isn’t a taco but rather a steamed Chinese bun. My favourite was the K.F.C (Korean Fried Chicken) with a warm mantou soft bao hugging the tender chicken with a crispy earth shattering batter. The sour kimchi and kewpie-like mayo hybrid was slathered onto the bun with crunchy fresh veggie bites.

K.F.C - Korean fried chicken, Asian slaw, kimchi mayo

K.F.C – Korean fried chicken, Asian slaw, kimchi mayo

Although the K.F.C feed me bowl was not the best looking dish out there (I guess it’s kinda hard when you’re in a box) it made for a tasty lunch. It had everything in the K.F.C Asian taco with rice instead of the bun :)

Mamachau

K.F.C. Feed Me Bowl

The master-stock pork belly Asian taco had a slice of soft pork belly covered in hoisin sauce, topped with sour pickled veggies and fresh bursts of coriander. It wasn’t the pick of the litter after the K.F.C Asian taco as there wasn’t any flavours smacking me in the face.

Master-stock pork belly - pickled mustard greens, hoisin, peanut and sesame dust, coriander

Master-stock pork belly – pickled mustard greens, hoisin, peanut and sesame dust, coriander

What the heck are lotus chips? I was soon to find out. Thinly sliced pieces of lotus with a crisp brittle snap that actually felt like eating Thins or Smiths chips. However, the seasoning was quite heavy handed making it way too salty for me :(

Mamachau Spiced lotus chips

Spiced lotus chips

The Asian tacos were more of a snack rather than a lunch meal – even with one of the lunch deals (2 Asian baos + side + drink for $11.50) I still had to order another K.F.C. Asian taco, a BTS cupcake and a Fiefy’s coffee on the way back to the office. I was actually quite surprised how small these Asian tacos were – a few bites and they were gone with a high price tag of $3.50/taco. For lunch I suggest you go for the feed me bowls as it is more likely to fill you up.

Mamachau is an interesting and tasty new addition to the city lunch food scene – something a little different and I like that ;)

Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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