The Supperclub Summit kicked off this week with 16 nights of 14 amazing supperclubs at Goethe-Institut. Details of the line up can be found on Edible Experience’s site. Having heard many great things about MamaLan and the Two Hungry Girls, we were super excited to try out some authentic Chinese dishes. The night promised an Asian banquet with signature dishes from south and north of China, and Wild Serai’s Malaysian crab curry. Under the Victorian building at South Kensington, the three girls introduced themselves and welcomed us to a very special Evening.
MamaLan (@mamalans) is a mother daughter team who used to host northern Chinese supperclubs till they opened a small restaurant at Brixton specialising in dumplings (need to try it out soon).
Two Hungry Girls, as their name suggested is hosted by two lovely girls who are very passionate about Chinese cooking. Feast to the World wrote a great post about them.
As to Wild Serai, she runs the supperclub with her boyfriend to deliver the essentials of Malaysian food, just the way grandmothers used to cook it.
Usually, supperclubs are located at the host’s house with less than 10 people invited for a casual and intimate evening. It’s a great way to meet lovely people and understand their passion about food. The Supperclub Summit was more like a restaurant with over 30 people, though still good to talk to people, it was less intimate. As the evening progressed, it did become very loud to hear but it might’ve been triggered from the excitement of breaking Wild Serai’s curried crab legs.
The cash only bar had some reasonably priced wines and beers, which some people ordered for the table to share. We also received a very fruity cosmo as the welcome drink.
Mamalan meaty lamb buns
Each of us were given a traditional Chinese red packet, which is typically used on Chinese new years where the grandparents/parents would place money inside to give fortune to the children. Our red packet at the event had a coin, playfully used to purchase these lamb buns which were carried around in a tray, just like the Asian street markets.
The bun was tasty with powerful flavours of lamb. Though I prefer the traditional Chinese ones where the lamb pieces are juicy and succulent, these were interesting to try too.
We cook dumplings at home quite often as it’s easy and quick to make once you master the flow by purchasing a food processor for the mince. These pork and chive dumplings were pan-fried with a golden crispy edge without too much oil, the filling had a lot of flavour without too much salt. They were very good dumplings.
Wood ear with peanut and celery
With only the flavours of the three core ingredients, it’s light, refreshing and exactly like the ones I used to have in China as a starter.
Acidic and mildly sweet, very refreshing.
Two Hungry Girls - poached chicken in lettuce cups with a ginger and spring onion sauce
We wrapped these plain flavoured chicken in large lettuce leaves with some ginger sauce. All thanks to that ginger and spring onion sauce, it was simple, light and very delicious to eat.
Two Hungry Girls - roast pork belly with crackling
I’ve never tried crackling as part of a Chinese dinner because pork belly is usually cooked in that juicy, tender and fat still wobbling kind of way. The crackling had a great crunch but the meat itself was slightly dry. The boiled broccoli was strange to eat without any flavour, would’ve been better with a sauce.
Wild Serai Malaysian nyonya salad (cucumber & pineapple salad tossed with coriander, lime & fresh chillies)
Refreshing and spicy, a good break between the crab and the pork belly.
Wild Serai Malaysian chilli crab (in a spicy sauce infused with lemongrass, lime leaves and Birds Eye chillies served with mantou Buns)
I wasn’t a huge fan of this curry, mostly because the crab was too difficult to eat. You really have to make a mess to break those tough shells. Everyone was giving it go while trying not to splash crab shells to other people’s clothes. Perhaps serving an easier to eat dish would’ve been better? The buns were really good, fried to give that golden and sweet flavour, perfect for dipping into the crab curry sauce.
An Asian Dessert Platter Surprise
The dessert was kept a surprise and what a dramatic entry it had. Everyone reached for their cameras/iPhones to get a photo of the bamboo platter. I really liked the milk ice cream with honey, dates and sweet lotus root. It was a great dessert to conclude the evening, one of my favourite dishes of the night!
Verdict - 3/5
Food (good) - some dishes were really authentic, just like how it’d be cooked in China. Especially the wood ear and dumplings. The dessert was also amazing, reminded me of how we used to eat sweet lotus root as a starter in Beijing. The meat dishes could’ve been improved as most were slightly dry. The crab curry had a great entry with a very authentic and spicy sauce, but the tough crab shells were hard to break without making a mess. Overall a decent supperclub and I’ll try their individual ones in the future to post more photos.
Cost (£48.15pp) - £45 + £3.15 booking fee per person, ticketed by Edible Experiences
There are still some tickets left for the Supperclub Summit, make sure to check it out on Edible Experience’s site!