Baohouse at Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor, an 1858 Grade II listed market building located in Northern Quarter Manchester. Refurbished and transformed by the team behind Altrincham Market, into a buzzing venue which houses some of the finest food and drink vendors in Manchester.

I hate to say that I am so late to jump in the bandwagon. Like it’s sister market in Altrincham, it is always busy there and sometimes that put me off going in since I can never find seats (or it may just be my luck). Lately, I’m on a small mission to find good places that serves Bao buns, and Mackie Mayor has Baohouse. They serve Taiwanese steamed buns. So there I was, determined even if I had to eat standing I was going to try that Bao.

I love the interior, glass ceiling, wooden decor with low hanging lights are just some of the features in this place that welcomes you in. Take a seat first, note your table number, then you can take a pick at which food and drink you want from one of the many vendors available there.

I chose the Hoisin Pork belly from Baohouse with sides which came to £12.50, then a Cappuccino from Wolf House Coffee £2.90, totalling at £15.40. So, it is quite pricey and the size isn’t very big. The sides, which was portions of spiced potatoes, coleslaw and broccoli made the price worth it, I think as they filled me up more. The pork itself is very tender with sticky and sweet hoisin sauce served with pickled cucumber and topped with spring onions. It was really tasty.

The coffee was also very enjoyable and there were plenty of cakes and cookies to choose from the Wolf House Coffee counter. The banana scone they had caught my attention as I’ve never had one before… but perhaps… it’s for another visit. Right now, mission accomplished.

Mackie Mayor NQ, 1 Eagle St, Manchester M4 5BU.

Shoryu: Authentic Ramen & Japanese Street Food

Located in Manchester’s Picadilly Gardens, Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, street food side dishes and Japanese inspired cocktails. The ramen, specifically is a style of ramen originated from the Hakata district in Japan. What makes this place unique, is the 12-hour pork broth. I’m a big fan of bone broth so I was looking forward to trying it. This is the first Shoryu ramen bar outside of London and I’m actually surprised I’ve not tried the food here until a friend of mine recommended it last night.

We went straight for the ramen. I chose the Piri Piri Tonkotsu 12.90 (char siu barbecue pork belly,  nitamago egg, kikurage mushroom, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed with spicy gochujang sauce and jalapeños) whilst my friend ordered the Red Miso Ramen 12.50 (barbecue pork, sweet corn, bamboo shoot, spring onion, kikurage mushroom, nitamago egg). The taste was very good. The broth is flavourful and on top of that, mine had jalapeños in it so that added a kick to the dish. The portion was also good, you can choose the firmness of your noodle, I chose the standard one as I don’t like my noodles too hard or soft.

They have a range of matcha dessert which I love!! Also, yuzu type dessert (lemon, citrus), mochi ice cream, and kakigori (shaved ice). We both chose the Matcha Chocolate Sundae 5.90. In the sundae, you get soft serve matcha with matcha brownies, thin milk cookie, strawberry and 2 chocolate sticks (like Mikado). At the bottom of the glass, you have the chocolate sauce and some crispy flakes which we assumed were corn flakes. It was a nice finish to a good hot meal.

Do they do vegetarian option? Yes, although not extensive. Really enjoyed the food here and the staff were also friendly, I noticed they say things in Japanese before proceeding to ask in English like “Sumimasen (excuse me), how was everything with your food?”. The chef also did the same, and it just made the experience a little more authentic.


New Market Square & Shack – Altrincham

Altrincham Market, always a pleasure to visit for good food. Yesterday, I brought my lovely parents with me to enjoy something a little different. The Market has 3 sections, an indoor food hall, and outdoor covered market and then the New Market Square. I love the food choices in the food hall but unfortunately, it’s always full and it’s always a case of who gets there first and get in any spaces available. My parents liked the look of the New Market Square, with its unique food choices and a covered outdoor seating area. There they have vegan, pickled, fermented, artisan bread and fish food choices and more.

Altrincham New Market and Shack Board

The weather here in the UK is getting cold. The Shack had a fire going inside, so we went there to sit and ordered some coffees £3.00. We waited for food for about 10 minutes and sat next to very friendly people. I really like the atmosphere there.

I chose the Brunch menu from Plucky Pickle with crispy pork belly, hash brown, fried egg, kimchi and kimchi mayo £8.50. Mum went for the Special of the day from there as well, it was rose harissa lamb and pearl barley stew with red pickled cabbage £9.00. Dad wanted the classic burger from Gud Vegan, it has black bean patty, fried onions, tomato, gherkins and toasted bun plus a side of polenta fries £8.00. We then finished off with a warm scone to share, complete with clotted cream, butter and strawberry jam £3 from Bread and Fishes. The artisan bread is quite pricey but worth it to take home. You pay for quality after all.

This area is just getting better and better every time, new developments and more food restaurants are being built when we walked through. Also, still plenty of food to try from inside the hall and here at the New Market. Next time 🙂

Angkor Soul: A Cambodian Gem In Altrincham

Cambodian food?? Never tried one before! I was intrigued when I saw a review on Facebook about a Cambodian restaurant located in Altrincham. The market in Altrincham has lots of good food, drinks and just unique things in general. Love that place, so I don’t mind going all the way there (or close to the area) to find different food to try. I was thinking in my head what would Cambodian food be like? A quick look at Angkor Soul menu, made me think about Vietnamese and Thai food combined. They serve noodle bowls, summer rolls, rice dishes, salads and more.

After a 30 minute drive from Manchester city centre, looking for parking wasn’t hard. There was plenty of side road parking and it was cheap to park. The first thing I saw walking up towards the restaurant was orange. Bright orange. You can’t miss the place. Combined with wall art, wooden seats and tables inside, the place is small, humble and have that homely feeling about it.

On to the food…

I had my food buddy with me, and he likes to eat big… it’s a good thing really so I can see what the food is like. Here’s what we ordered.


A consistent taste from most of the order today is sweet. Spicy and sweet, or sour and sweet or just… sweet. But, in general, very good food. The broth for Kuthiew was made with oxtail, packed with noodles, brisket and meatballs in a bowl sprinkled with fresh red onions and spring onions. The size was big even though I ordered the small bowl. I love spicy food and herbs, this dish comes with fresh chillies, herbs, bean sprouts and a slice of lemon. The beef… deserve a special mention. Tender and flavourful. From the brisket to the steak in the sandwich, they were well marinated and was just a delight to eat.

angkor soul noodle-square

The salad starter I had was a vegetarian option with tofu. In fact, this place is Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly. I do appreciate a place that can cater to specific food choices. The lunch menu has quite a variety you can choose from, but the dessert… not so much, there were only 4 options available. But still, the Indonesian in me is always up for eating a black rice pudding, especially when it’s served hot! The sweet palm sugar with black rice, combine with savoury coconut milk, don’t you just enjoy a good sweet dessert after a spicy meal? Black rice pudding is a common dessert in south-east Asia, so I was looking forward to trying what this one would be like in comparison.

angkor soul black rice dessert_square

Not the best-looking dessert I would say, but delicious and filling. Very sticky in consistency though, more so than what I normally would make/eat. The Cambodian fruit salad looked refreshing with exotic fruits like lychee and jackfruit but, they’re from cans and not fresh.

Overall, definitely a place I would come back to, to have another 3-course meal. Good value for money especially if you want to try something a little different.

Satay: The Popular Indonesian Street Food


Originated in Java, Indonesia, Satay is a popular street food that has become a national dish. Diced/sliced pieces of meat are seasoned and then skewered with bamboo sticks. This street vendor sells chicken and goat, although Satay can have many meat variations from rabbit, to seafood or even organs such as intestines or liver.

grilled satay

Grilled goat satay

The meat is cut thinly here and they are mixed with a chunk of fat in the middle of the skewer. This is how you typically get goat satay, also, some can have 3 or 4 pieces of meat on each skewer. The ingredients to marinating satay are turmeric and savoury seasoning. The cook simply puts a little bit of sweet soy on the raw satay, mixed them up before putting them on the charcoal grill, and fanning the meat with a hand-held bamboo fan. The meat is very well marinated and was very tasty and tender.


You can have this dish served with lontong (rice cake wrapped in banana leaf), then topped with a combination of regular or spicy peanut sauce and sweet soy. Even better, with a little bit of squeezed lime, some dried shallots and acar (pickle).