Mama Wangs Chinese Street Food Cookery Class

When I think of Chinese food I think of millions of ingredients, most of which I have no idea what they are or where to find them. Jessica, the founder of Mama Wangs Kitchen quickly changed my mind after we made three delicious meals during one of her street food cookery classes last weekend. Taylah and I have been to a few cookery classes now and the Mama Wangs class certainly did not disappoint.
We began with Duck Jian Bing (classic Chinese breakfast crepes with roast duck)… Minimal ingredients, quick to make and absolutely delicious.
image 2It had a cracked egg on top and was smothered in hoisin sauce. Unfortunately it didn’t last long as I quickly demolished it. The class was really hands on and we were given the chance to make everything from scratch. Whilst we were a little short for time, I’m glad Jessica managed to cram three dishes in as they were all so different and tasty and I will certainly be making them again. Next we started making the Jisi Liangmian (tossed chicken noodles with a creamy sesame paste sauce). A cold, lighter dish crammed with fresh vegetables…
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Finally we made Roujiamo (Chinese flatbread sandwiches with red-braised pork belly) which was so rich and decadent. We even made the flatbread ourselves and then ate them in about two mouthfuls. We cooked the pork belly in a sauce that quickly turned thick and sticky.
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We left feeling full to the brim. The only thing I would have liked was the opportunity to sit down to enjoy our food. As the class over ran we had to shovel it down quite quickly and the food was so delicious that I would have liked the time to really enjoy it. We could have taken some home with us but we weren’t told to  bring tupperware and none was provided so we stored it in our stomachs.
Jessica was a fantastic host and kept an eye on us all to make sure we made the best possible food. I learnt some truly great dishes that I hope to share with others – I’ve already bought the duck so WATCH OUT I’m making crepes!
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Felix Yu, Northampton

Based in Northampton’s town centre, Felix Yu is the place to go if you want authentic, delicious Cantonese food. The interior is a mix between your normal Chinese restaurant and an office space. It would benefit from a slight make-over but the food is the star of the show, and quite rightly.

 

I decided this was to be the restaurant to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my parents. After a few jokes (i.e me being deadly serious) about whether we should go for the most expensive fixed price menu which came with wok fried lobster we settled for the fixed price menu priced at £24.80 per person. For starters: Chef Selection Mixed Hors D’oeuvres, a wonderful selection of little nibbles (3 of each to avoid any arguments). We also ordered an extra portion of Crispy Crab Wontons. The wontons were delicious, the crab meat packed with flavour. As part of the Hors D’oeuvres we got: Chilli Salt French Bean, Garlic King Prawns with Kataifi Pastry, Barbecue Spare Ribs Peking Style, Satay Chicken Skewers and Samosas. My favourites from this selection had to be the prawns and the green beans but all of them were packed with flavour and I really enjoyed the range of textures. The samosa’s were delicious and filled with what tasted like a thai green curry sauce. This provided a perfect sized starter for three with a good selection of your favourite Cantonese goodies as well as a few new bits to try.

 

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Next we had an intermediate course, Roasted Peking Duck. This was my least favourite course as I felt the duck was a little dry and the pancakes were too floury and doughy. That doesn’t mean I didn’t manage to eat a few as it was still tasty.

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For mains, Special Fried Rice (served straight into our bowls by the waitress with more left on our lazy Susan), Wok Grilled Fillet Steak with Chilli, Garlic and Peppercorn Salt Nyonya Crisp Chicken Fillet and Stir Fried King Prawn with Sun Dried Chilli and Caramelised Cashew Nuts. They came steaming hot with healthy sized pieces of meat and prawns. The beef was so tender, it fell apart in the mouth. Each was a taste sensation with each dish so different from the previous that I had to keep going back for more.

 

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We left full to the brim feeling satisfied with the great selection of food we had eaten. Service was a little slow and they seemed a bit stretched for waiting staff but they were friendly and apologetic. I will definitely be heading back here for my next Chinese fix with I am in Northampton. It is worth a visit, make sure you book!

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