One night in Shanghai and the hungers over
Glasgow favourite Mamasan Bar & Brasserie (read about our visit here) are bringing their at-home dining experience to Edinburgh in addition to Glasgow so they asked us to try out their 4-course One Night in…Shanghai box which will be delivered throughout February.
Four other South East Asian destinations are set to follow in the coming months giving you the chance to explore dishes and cocktails inspired by the authentic flavours, aromas and spices of that particular location with different mouth-watering set menus to cook at home.
Snack – Lobster and prawn toast / burnt chilli sauce
Starter – Aromatic braised duck leg spring roll/hoisin sauce
Salad – Green papaya & carrot salad/sesame, soy and ginger dressing
Main – Sweet and sour Iberico pork/pineapple/banana shallots/dragon fruit
Side – Egg fried rice
Dessert – Asian pear sticky toffee pudding
Cocktail – Shang-hai-tea
(Green tea infused gin / lemon / peach infused chartreuse / lychee pearls / Sichuan pepper)
Here is everything, as it arrived, in our food delivery.
Full of chunks of seafood, just watch out for the hot sauce, it’s lethal. Maybe keep some to dip into at the side of your plate until you get a handle on the heat.
We attempted a Chef flourish to the plate which, to be honest, looks like a slug has wandered across the plate (oops, back to chef school for us) – note to self just add a dollop next time. This was a crispy, not oily, spring roll filled with duck and vegetable with plenty of dipping sauce to go around.
Dragon fruit is one of those fruits that looks great but doesn’t really taste of anything. Well, we now know what to do with it as it went really well with the sweet and sour sauce, soaking up the flavours and providing some moisture and texture. Alongside the peppers, shallots and pineapple, there was a lot going on, and thanks to the unexpected inclusion of edible flowers this became a very colourful dish indeed!
Last, but no means least, Asian pear sticky toffee pudding with a sweet toffee sauce. A perfect sweet and sticky dessert with sliced pear for a bit of texture. This was demolished rather quickly.
This was an exceedingly easy cook-at-home experience. Most of the items were just placed in the oven, so you can relax with your cocktail while it cooks. The most stressful part was making the egg-fried rice (Mr Foodie’s first attempt), which you don’t need to do if you want just jasmine rice. The timings were smooth and we didn’t feel that we were too stressed balancing the courses. A bit like life at the moment, we took it slowly and enjoyed the whole experience. Cooking the main course together added some us time and a bit of a chuckle as to two cooks round a cooker.
The garnishes added to the experience, you can go as fancy or as rustic as you want. Sweet and Sour Pork isn’t our first choice for a sweet and sour but the chunks of pork were much better than we expected and heating it in the oven of course meant for a more relaxed evening.
Overall, it looked great and was fun to put together. We’d go for this again. Thumbs up and full bellies.
How to order
Mamasan’s One Night In…experience boxes are made fresh to order. The service will be launching in Edinburgh from Friday 29th January with pre-orders available now.
Vegan options are available.
To pre-order Mamasan in Edinburgh for delivery on Friday 29th January, visit mamasan-onenightin.com
Collection is also available from:
222 Ingram Street,
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