MAMAGOTO – AVOIDABLE CHINESE FOOD

The Bar

Ever since I met my husband three decades ago, I’ve eaten so much  Chinese food that my father was convinced that our first child would be a noodle. Luckily it turned out to be a lovely baby girl who has now matured into a young lady. Our favourite haunt those days used to be Chopsticks at Churchgate but we soon shifted loyalites to China Garden of Nelson Wang fame. However, its charm soon began to fade and thus began my search for the perfect Chinese food.

I heard of Mamagoto simply by chance when I was surfing the net for Chinese restaurants around town. When I found it was in Fort, I was all the more determined to visit but could never figure out exactly where it was on the Google map till one day I happened to dine at The Pantry two months’ ago which  is when I discovered it was bang opposite the restaurant Mamagoto! Since then I’ve been actually dreaming of going there, a wish that was fulfilled last week.

We made a prior reservation and when the restaurant actually checked back to see whether we were showing up it seemed like a good omen – one that doesn’t encourage walk-ins and was checking ahead meant that it was popular.But once past the main door, I realised that this was not a classy restaurant but a simple home style Irani Restaurant turned Chinese!  The ground floor was dominated by the bar in the corner and a big staircase leading to the mezzanine which had most of the seating. There were naked bulbs hanging all over the place and the ceiling on the mezzanine was covered with different coloured swags. The overall ambiance was a friendly family especially with the loud music that played over the conversation.

Veg Khow Sway
Veg Khow Sway

Distinctly disappointed at discovering that this was not the great Chinese restaurant I had expected it to be, I was happy that the waiters and servers made up with their attentiveness and response to customers. Presented with the menu, we were told that it was a dry day and that we could get a free mocktail if we ordered from their set menu of MAMATIFFIN a three cuisine option ( Chinese Rs.349, Malay Rs. 349 and Thai Rs. 391) . Hubby Dear went for the MamaTiffin Chinese which was a choice of soup, noodle or rice and a main dish. He chose his favourite Hot & Sour Soup, Haka Noodles and Stir Fried Veg. Despite my quest for the best Chinese food, I succumbed to my preference for Khow Sway and ordered the vegetarian version . I wasn’t disappointed as the Khow Sway was flavourful with vegetables that were crispy and in plenty.

Overall we had a pleasant enough lunch – easy on the wallet and easy on the  palate.

This restaurant is ideal for casual dining and young families.

Kimchi on a Sunday Afternoon

Cucumber and cross section
Cucumber and cross section (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all started with a huge big cucumber that Kadam got home from the farm this morning. We had already decided to have a Chinese meal tonight and seeing the huge cucumber, I decided to make it into Kimchi – the perfect crunch of sweet and sour to go with the rest of my meal.

Now Kimchi itself is not Chinese but Korean but since it lends itself so well to Chinese food, especially the Indian variation of Chinese food, Chinese restaurants in India find this the perfect alternative to peanuts or wafers for impatient diners to munch on while waiting for the noodles to be chop sueyed or the chicken to be chillied.

So I chopped off the inner core which had a whole load of seeds and neatly made thick juliennes of the outer pulpy part keeping the skin intact. Then I made a dressing of  vinegar and sugar (adjusting them both for taste)  and drowned the cucumber in this dressing. I left it to rest in the fridge for an hour so that it absorbed the sweet and the sour yet remained crisp and crunchy.

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