Shandong Mama

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, Asian, CBD, Chinese, Dumplings, VICTORIA

Shandong Mama
Location: Shop 7, 200 Bourke St Melbourne, VIC 3000
Contact: 03 9650 3818 – no bookings policy

Shandong Mama, located in the blinkoryou’llmissit Mid City Arcade off Bourke Street, serves up moreish dumplings and then some with a twist.

The owner, Meiyan Wang (Mama) hails from a small fishing village in the Shandong Peninsula, and has lovingly created a unique offering of mackerel dumplings at Shandong Mama. Having heard rave reviews of the dumplings served up here, we were well and truly due for a visit.

IMG_3936 IMG_3932

Pan fried mackerel dumplings ($14.8 for 10 pieces)

We had thought that the pan fried mackerel dumplings might be a little too fishy, but one bite and those concerns immediately washed away. The purse skin was golden brown and crispy on the outside, giving way to a plump, pillowy yet springy filling of mackerel, ginger, chives and coriander. They had just come out of the kitchen too, and were piping hot; delish. Definitely the highlight at Shandong Mama, and it’s understandable why people keep coming back for more.


Pan fried mackerel dumplings ($14.8 for 10 pieces)


Pan fried pork dumplings ($10.8 for 10 pieces)

Unlike the mackerel version, the pork dumplings had been pan fried unevenly and came out of the kitchen lukewarm. The filling didn’t quite hit the spot for us, and we both agreed that it tasted less like pork and more like shrimp.


Pan fried pork dumplings ($10.8 for 10 pieces)


Iced honey and lemon tea

The honey and lemon tea was a good fix for a thirsty throat; not too sweet or sour.

Whilst we still prefer the dumplings at Shanghai Street Dumpling and HuTong Dumpling Bar (both are also located in the CBD), Shandong Mama definitely offers an alternative style with its open purse dumplings and its more unique fish offerings.

There is also a host of other items available (rice and noodle dishes and delectable appetisers) which we’ll be sure to give a go the next time we visit.

Shandong Mama on Urbanspoon
Contact us at
© 2014 The Food Society. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: All reviews and ratings on this website are based on our experiences of the food, service and quality at the time of the visit. The Food Society does not accept any liability to any person for any loss or damage incurred as a result of the use of the information or arising out of the provision of the information on this website.