Local Eats: Mamalan

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We got a taste of the authentic Beijing street food served up here…

What to Expect

There is a great sense of family recipes and history here – Mamalan started as a weekend supper club in founder Ning Ma’s living room, taking inspiration from her grandad and mum’s market stall selling dumplings and Beijing street snacks from the back of a bicycle. She learnt the recipes from her mum (Lan) and started the first restaurant in Brixton, reminded by the buzz and neighbourhood of this venture’s roots.


Beef Rib

What to Eat

The key here is sharing a range of the small plate dishes. Start off with the dumplings – these really are the star of the show here, with fillings including King Prawn and Chinese Water Chestnuts; Pork and Chestnut Leaf, and more. These were packed with flavour and we suggest trying at least two of the fillings.


If you’re in the Stratford branch add a few skewers* into the mix – from the Chilli Cumin Lamb to the Honey Glazed Chicken. Finally don’t miss out on the street food dishes. We loved the Spicy Chicken Wings, as well as the Spicy Chicken Buns (these are quite similar to bao, but with a crispier bun). Flavours are balanced with textures here and if you’re as greedy as we are, you’ll find yourself ordering more than you can handle, but it really is worth it.

Spicy Chicken Buns

Spicy Chicken Buns

Best for…

A great showcase of Beijing street food and dumplings, this is perfect for a huge sharing feast with family or friends. With six locations across London, you’ll find this an easy spot to get to.

Don’t Miss

If you’re in the mood for heartier dishes, especially over autumn and winter, try the noodle dishes including a Spicy Beef Soup or the Spicy Chicken Ban Mein Noodle Salad. 

Mamalan | See website for further locations and menus.

Read our interview with Ning Ma here

*Available at Stratford.

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