Meanwhile I had ordered panfried vegan dumplings. I asked the staff to put them on hold til E arrived. Another stomach meant we could share another dish. I ordered the scallion pancakes. The dumplings were already cooking but they kindly put them aside until E arrived. Meanwhile I drank the complementary tea and did some sudoku.
Once E arrived the dumplings did not take long. They are filled with zucchini, tofu, black fungus, coriander, rice noodles, ginger and garlic. We picked them off the plate with our chopsticks and dipped them in soy sauce. They were very light and flavoursome. Despite being panfried they are pillowy soft.
It seems there was quite a buzz about the place last year, especially after it won the Time Out Food Award Best Bang for Buck category (2013). With 12 dumplings for $12 dollars, it was good value. The food was delicious and interesting. The staff very friendly and the ambiance was relaxed. We will be back, especially next time we need to sort out a place for a quick lunch date.
Update July 2016: Visited today and found they are no longer doing the amazing scallion pancakes. The menu looks quite different though they still do the vegan dumplings. We decided not to eat there as there wasn't so much for Sylvia to eat there. I don't think they did the edamame dish any more either.
Mid City Centre Arcade
Shop 7, 200 Bourke St
Tel: 03 9650 3818
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am - 9pm
Vegan Month of Food September 2014. This year for Vegan MoFo my theme is The Letter S. Today is S for ShanDong MaMa. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my 2014 Vegan MoFo posts.