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Dedication to my granddad's mobile food store in Beijing

Taking further inspiration from my 'food research trip' back to Beijing, I've decided to dedicate our next Mama Lan dinner on Friday 12th August to my late granddad. …

Added by Mama Lan on July 16, 2011 at 20:03 — No Comments

The Boyfriend's finally made it!

12th attempt - Perfect macaroons!!!

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Added by Mama Lan on July 11, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

Mama Lan's next dinner - 25th June - Food from Beijing's Cow Street

Hi Guys,


I’ve finally got around to organising our next Mama Lan dinner which will be on the 25th June.  This time we’ll be cooking dishes from ‘Cow Street’ in Beijing.


Cow street is an amazing market street in West Beijing specialising in Muslim snacks.  The most famous being sesame lamb buns, which all Beijingers (Muslim or not) queue up for at lunch time!


See the events page for full details for full details of the…


Added by Mama Lan on May 24, 2011 at 19:48 — No Comments

Chinese hand rolled noodles vs Italian pasta and a french chocolate tart...

Thankfully the weather last Saturday held up so we were able to serve my mum’s Beijing hand rolled noodles with cold aubergine and tomato topping.  It seemed to go down a treat in the hot weather as did the watermelon and cucumber mocktail served on the night.


As you guys know, we always demonstrate how to make the main dish of the evening and invite our guests to have a go.  As techniques go, rolling out dough may seem harmless enough but it was perhaps the most difficult…


Added by Mama Lan on May 17, 2011 at 14:45 — No Comments

Got our very own (signed) Ms Marmite's book!

Here we go!  Signed and everything


It's a cracking read!  For full review, visit our website






Added by Mama Lan on May 9, 2011 at 19:03 — No Comments

Unexpected guest!

We had a bit a shock last Saturday as none other than Master Chef finalist, Sara Danesin Medio, popped around to our humble little supper club for dinner!


When I recognised her, all I could hear in my head was the Master Chef voice over mantra of "Cooking doesn't get tougher than this" 


I needn't have worried though as Sara, like all our guests, was a complete joy, she even got stuck in making to boazi with our own resident Master Chef, Mama Lan - aka my…


Added by Mama Lan on April 11, 2011 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Cooking for my boss and his mate who just happens to be a Lord!

Wow, what a week it has been!

After keeping the Mama Lan supper club away from my work colleagues, I finally let them in on the secret that I have been moonlighting as a cook during my weekends for the past year.

The news spread like wildfire around the office and so I decided to tell my boss before he heard it on the grapevine.

Now, given that I worked in a very professional Private Equity house – I was worried that my boss would think I was being distracted from…


Added by Mama Lan on March 2, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Mama Lan Celebrates Chinese New Year (and our 1 year anniversary!)

Hi guys

We’ve finally put up tickets to Mama Lan’s Chinese New Year dinner (Saturday 5th February). 

This is a very special dinner for us because we will not only be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit but our first anniversary!  Thank you for everyone who has supported us over the last year! 

The full menu is up on our events page but as a bit of…


Added by Mama Lan on January 4, 2011 at 21:49 — No Comments

Happy New Year everyone...

The Boyfriend has learnt how to make Chinese stuffed pancakes and he's now making dessert - steam sponge pudding :)


Have a great evening everyone!




Mama Lan


Added by Mama Lan on December 31, 2010 at 21:48 — No Comments

The Boyfriends done it!!! He's finally made macaroons!!!!

At long last, the BF finally succeed in making some half decent macaroons! Its taking 10 attempts and at least 1.5 kilos of almonds but at last something to show for it all!

Some tips I've learned from the BF himself - whether I wanted to or not!

1) Apparently, you don't need aged egg whites despite what all the recipes say. Gently stirring the egg whites over simmering water for 30 secs…


Added by Mama Lan on November 12, 2010 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Mama Lan celebrates the Mid Autumn Festival with homemade Moon Cakes!

Hi guys,

Firstly, I hope to see everyone this week at Ms Marmite’s underground farmers…


Added by Mama Lan on September 15, 2010 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Do you know where pizza came from?


At our next dinner we will be showing you how to make the ‘original’ pizza –aka Chinese stuffed pancakes!

The story goes that Marco Polo was so fond of these pancakes that when he went back to Italy he ordered his chefs to recreate them. However, they couldn’t figure out how to shape the dough with the stuffing inside – so what did they do?... they put it

on top!…


Added by Mama Lan on August 31, 2010 at 20:23 — No Comments

Macarons - Quick thank you

From Mama Lans BF

Hi guys,

Just wanted to say thank you to Miss Lenoir for the Lebovitz recipe. Also big shout out to Bakelady59 for the great article on how to make macarons – its one of the better ones…


Added by Mama Lan on July 21, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Making french macarons or paying the mortgage?!

Hi Guys,

My boyfriend seems to be intent on spending money assigned for the mortgage on ground almonds, icing sugar and eggs to make the 'perfect' macaron (or macaroon). 6 attempts and no nearer so far. Any good tried and tested recipes out there? The ones he's made look like mini portraits of the elephant man!


Mama Lan

Added by Mama Lan on July 19, 2010 at 17:01 — 6 Comments

what's your flavour?

Tried a new dumpling flavour today - beef and celery. It was errr ok... what's your flavour?

Added by Mama Lan on July 11, 2010 at 19:38 — 1 Comment


Our next dinner on 17th July has been booked out by a private party, sorry!

The one after is on Saturday 7th August. For more information, check our website.

Added by Mama Lan on July 7, 2010 at 20:24 — No Comments

Lobster on offer!

Went to Wing Yip at Cricklewood yesterday and the lobsters were on sale!

£5.80 each!!! Go and get them!!!

Added by Mama Lan on May 31, 2010 at 9:44 — 1 Comment

Mama Lan Makes Spring Panacakes - 2 Spaces left.

Hi all,…


Added by Mama Lan on May 5, 2010 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Two more days to come up with a moctail...

As I am serving up one of the most iconic dish from Beijing - Need to come up with a mocktail that summarises Beijing...

No pressure but brian is not working at the moment ;-) Any suggestions?

Added by Mama Lan on April 8, 2010 at 20:47 — No Comments

Mama Lan is making one of the most iconic dish from Beijing this Sat 10th April!

Handmade noodles with yellow bean sauce! This is a personal all time favourite!!!!

Have to think of a mocktail to go with the legend... no pressure only 3 days left ;-p

Added by Mama Lan on April 7, 2010 at 12:26 — No Comments

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