It’s never easy to follow in your parents’ footsteps.
Especially when they keep doubling back, and covering their tracks.
Thankfully, Mama Lan – after whom her daughter’s burgeoning collection of Beijing street food restaurants is named – plays no such tricks, having taught her talented progeny the treasured family recipes she uses to fill out her menus today.
And you’ll find those recipes on the menu at Mamalan Clapham. It’s a cheery, simple space, with wooden stools, wooden tables, a wooden ceiling… and a kitchen putting out dishes that might as well have been teleported from Beijing directly onto your plate.
They include dumplings (which you can get in helpings of 10 in their Party Platter), stuffed with chicken, prawns or veg; noodles with chicken broth, prawn wonton or slow-cooked beef; tofu bao and smacked cucumbers; and spicy chicken wings slathered with miso or sriracha.
To drink – alongside the classic Tsingtao beer – you’ll find a collection of bubble teas, in fruity flavours like strawberry or lychee, and ‘milky’ numbers like assam tea, coffee, or taro (which tastes a bit like a vanilla-laced sweet potato).
You’ll be fit to burst.
NOTE: Mamalan Clapham is open seven days a week, 11.30am-10pm, with no reservations. You can find out more HERE.
Mamalan Clapham | 8 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London SW4 0HY
Fancy touring China’s cuisine (in London)? Next stop: Noodle and Beer.