This is hardly the first time I've been to Mother Chu's. Always packed with keen eaters, you'll be hard pressed to find Mother Chu's empty at any given time of the day. As a family favourite, we already know what to pick and what to avoid.
|Hot Soy Bean Milk 2.4|
The soy milk's smooth creaminess and familiar slight nutty flavour warms up the soul. I'll usually pile on loads of sugar but that's just me.
|Pork Dumpling 12 pieces 9|
Dumplings come next with fried bottoms. The innards are wonderfully moist while the exterior has that pleasant licking of the pan. This picture's clearly missing a couple of dumplings because my mum just swoops in before I even have anytime to do anything.
|Flaky Pastry and YouTiao 5.5|
Glorious deep fried you tiao comes pressed and packed into flaky pancakes. It's just beautiful biting into the almost hollow inards that have resulted due to the dough expansion in the frying process.
|Crispy Chicken 11.50|
The chicken's good. Very good. In fact, so good we already know to order 2 plates before anything else begins. Whilst not particularly crispy, say compared to the you tiao, it comes littered with charred shallots, garlic and chilli which makes it seriously addictive.
|Taiwanese Style Seafood Potage Soup 10.50|
Our soup provides welcome relief from the overload of deep-fried goodness. The gingery vegetable broth is wonderfully cleansing filled to the brim with udon noodles, assorted seafood and vegetables.
Mother Chu's suffers, like many other Chinese eateries, from the mentality of getting everyone in and out as soon as possible. Where there's hardly any warmth to be found from the service, you'll have better luck with the food. It's bloody delicious and ridiculously cheap. We're regulars there so we know what to avoid. Xiao Long Baos there are very inconsistent and can occasionally come exploded already. Their beef noodle soup can be quite overly salty. You really need to be careful but what they do right is absolutely brilliant.