Ning Ma, the founder of the Beijing-style street food concept, teamed up with Doherty to design the snack, which cost £6 for three pieces, and is named the Mamalan X Dan Doherty’s Duck Dumpling. It fuses together duck, salted cabbage, warming spiced duck broth, roasted chilli oil with coriander and spring onion, and will be on the menu at all Mamalan restaurants from the 14 to 30 November.
This is the first collaboration for Mamalan, with Ma intending to team up with local restaurants and culinary experts, to create a hybrid of dumpling dishes, available exclusively at Mamalan sites.
Mamalan has six sites in London’s Brixton Village Market, Clapham, Dalston, East Village, Shoreditch and Croydon Box Park which opened last month. Ma told Big Hospitality’s sister publication MCA Insight in September this year that she plans to roll-out to more than 20 sites.
Of the new collaboration, Doherty said: “I am a big fan of Asian food and it has been a pleasure to work and collaborate with Ning Ma. I adore dumplings so the opportunity to do this was really great, especially using one of my favorite ingredients, duck.”
Mamalan was inspired by a dumpling stall started by Ma’s grandfather in Beijing in the 1970s. Having moved to London as a teenager to study, Ma first worked in private equity before founding the group in Brixton.
The menu has expanded to include noodle dishes, skewers and buns, in addition to the dumpling range, and the Shoreditch venue also includes an extended Asian cocktail menu.