Shop 462, Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Date visited: 25th January 2012
We have been coming here to Big Mama for quite some time now. I remember the first time we wanted to try this place with a friend, and there was over a half hour wait for a table so we decided to leave and ended up eating elsewhere. My two peeves about this place is that 1) you can't make reservations for small numbers (I'm pretty sure I tried to make a booking and they wouldn't let me) and 2) they take cash only, like most Asian restaurants.
We usually order 2-3 dishes with a couple of bowls of white rice to share. You get a long dish of appetisers or complimentary sides which may be different each time you come. Tonight we had some sort of sweet potato or yam slices, spicy chilli squid and the edamame (as reader H kindly commented). The first time I tried eating the shells - yes, they were so hard and coarse I almost choked on them, so yes, I figured you had to crack the pods open and just eat the insides @_@ Yes, ignoramus, I know.
We had two of our usuals, the agedashi tofu and the chilli chicken karaage.
|Chilli Chicken Karaage|
The chicken karaage is crispy on the outside but tender inside and covered with a sweet, spicy, sticky coating. Really nice. We usually have the takoyaki too, but tonight we decided to try something new.
The 'something new' we tried was the spicy beef stew. OMG when they said spicy, they were not joking! I am really not a spicy food person, and the first taste was enough for me, so sorry, unfortunately I can't elaborate more of what the dish tasted like besides the fact that there were thin slices of tender beef floating around inside. My aunt loved it though, she practically finished the whole dish with rice.
|Spicy Beef Stew|
One thing I wonder is this place used to be called just Big Mama, now it's The First Big Mama... does that mean they are more Big Mamas around?