Who: Mama Fu’s
What: Fast casual Asian Style Cuisine
When: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday:11am-10pm (check your location for their hours)
Where: 4701 183A Toll Rd., Suite C Cedar Park, TX 78613. Other locations all around town like the Original at 11301 Lakeline Blvd, Ste 300 and in Round Rock, Georgetown and South Austin.
Why: Everybody loves Asian food, but very few can master the technique and flavors to replicate it at home. This was the concept behind Mama Fu’s, Austins successful Fast Casual Asian food chain. They opened their doors in 2005 with a dream of putting quality food out there for consumers to enjoy. Fast Forward just 11 years and they have stores in Texas, Arkansas and Florida, with two locations in the United Arab Emirates.
Mama Fu’s recently opened a new location in Cedar Park off of Whitestone, which is where I went in for my meal. I hadn’t been in a while and was excited to see the range of asian styles offered on the menu. You can get anything from traditional to exotic, Thai to Chinese, and it all comes out fresh to order and tastes amazing!
We ordered the Black Market brussel sprouts, the Black Market menu is a rotating menu which will feature items and flavors that Mama Fu’s is testing out. The brussel sprouts were excellent with water chestnuts (my favorite!) and had a nice crunch and kick to them. At the recommendation of the GM we went with an order of the dynamite shrimp lettuce wraps and the colors of the spices were vibrant and tasted great. I love lettuce wraps because it cuts some of the carbs out when I’m trying to eat a little leaner. Sometimes, I even order a whole order as an entree for myself!
For the main courses we went with a signature Spicy General Fu made with beef, it is similar in flavor to a sweet and sour chicken (which this location does not offer) but had more spice to it which I enjoyed. I loved the fresh broccoli and carrots, and liked that I could choose any protein for the dish. So if you prefer chicken or tofu, you can build the entrees out how you would like. And something new on the menu which I had not seen before was the Thom Ka, a typical Thai dish made with spiced coconut and chicken broth with onions, mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, bean sprouts, scallions, and vermicelli rice noodles. It hit the spot!
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that they will deliver it to your door if you’re within delivery zone of one of their many locations around town! The food was fast, fresh, and offers lots of options to appease your Asian food cravings. So whether you dine in or take out, be sure to go see them soon and tell them Dine With Shayda sent you! And follow me on Instagram and Snapchat at @DineWithShayda for my daily food adventures.