Mooki Goes Mobile! On 2 Wheels! Plus New Specials!

That’s right, folks, we have our scooter, our driver (his name’s Sahara – like the desert) and our Mooki-style Home-Made Delivery box. In short, we’re all set to start delivering from Monday the 12th March between 11:30. and 18:00  (maybe 19:00 on Fridays).
Because we only have one scooter and there are so many of you guys out there, we will innitially be delivering in a TWO BLOCK RADIUS. That is to say, we will be delivering between the following roads;
SOUTH RIDGE ROAD (MAZISI KUNENE ROAD)
GALE STREET (MAGWAZA MAPHALALA STREET)
QUEEN MARY AVENUE  (SPHIWE ZUMA AVENUE)
BEREA ROAD (KING DINIZULU ROAD NORTH)
Unfortunately at present we don’t have the resources to go further without it taking just forever for you to get your food.! There will be no delivery charge in our catchment area and we will only be delivering for orders over R 100.00. Seeing as we are not charging for deliveries, we ask you to tip Sahara for his efforts as he is quite skinny and needs to eat more. Also, Please note that we will endeavour to get your food to you as swiftly as the Mooki Mobile can go, but we are new at this, so your patience would be appreciated.
In other news, we have our new menus (for those of you who haven’t been recently) and some new specials. The Menus were designed by Greg Darroll of Tokyo Go-Go and are awesome. Check out the links on our Menu page and Specials page.  Our Linefish was delivered fresh from the sea this very morning, so if you like Fresh Fish, you better get here soon coz it won’t last long.
Please note that we do reserve the right to change prices, and specials also do depend on availability

Exciting Mooki News And Competition!

KONICHIWA,
There are some exciting things on the horizon for Mooki in the near future!
We are currently readying ourselves to become vendors at the Night Market and also at I Heart Market. We will hopefully be at the next Night Market which is on the 1st of March, and we are aiming to be at the April I Heart Market. We will be offering some of our Noodle dishes, Fried Rice dishes, Prawn Spring Rolls, Cumin Chicken Wraps, some other yummy stuff and hopefully (for the first time) we will be bottling our sauces so you can make your own yummy noodles at home. Awesomeness.
As some of you may know, we are trying to get a delivery service off the ground soon. This will initially be limited to a 2 block radius from Mooki and will be available until about 6 pm daily. We will not be charging for this service, but we will unfortunately have to limit the service to orders of R 100 and over. Unfortunately we simply cannot deliver one portion of Spring Rolls or one Mushroom and Paneer Salad. It simply would not be viable. Sorry. We will let you know when we are ready to launch this as we are still trying to figure out the logistics etc.
Eat Out magazine is currently running a competition @ the link below, so if you are keen to win a three course meal for two at Mooki, enter immediately. Send this link to all your Chinas so they can also have a chance to win too. Sharing is caring, people.

Awesome Mooki Specials

DIM SUM (AND THEN SOME)

COIN POUCHES (three in a portion)

Pork Fillet marinated in a totally awesome mixture of Honey, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oyster Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Coriander and Spring Onion; ground into  Mince in an old-school hand grinder, twisted into Spring Roll-wrapper pouches and deep fried. We’re serving this with a Fresh Herb side salad and Sweet Chilli dippy sauce. R 35.00

TEMPURA PRAWNS (four of these bad boys)

Four Prawns Fried in a Crispy Japanese Beer Batter till Golden Brown and served on Chinese Prawn Crackers with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce and Home Made Wasabi Mayonnaise. This is just plain yummy even if it does have an identity crisis.    R 40.00

CUMIN CHICKEN PARCELS (Spicy and Fragrant, 2 in a portion)

So this is a take on Spring Rolls, but with an Indian influence. The filling consists of Chicken, Onion, Leeks, Cumin, Jeera and our own special spice blend. Here’s the kicker, though…..instead of using Spring Roll pastry, we used black magic to coerce Popadoms to do the same job.  These are deep fried and served with a herb side salad and a Sweet Chilli Yoghurt dipping sauce.  R 20.00

PRAWN SPRING ROLLS 

We all knew this was inevitable.  Cripsy Pastry plus Prawns = YUMMY, and we are all about Yummy here( I checked this equation with a Maths Professor).   These come with a Sweet Chilli Dippy Sauce. R 25.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

CHICKEN AND  PRAWN SALAD

A classic combination with the usual Mooki twist. The Salad part is our usual Lettuce and Herb mix with Roasted  Seeds  and other tasty stuff. The Chicken is dipped in a Spicy Peanut and Spring Onion Batter and Pan Fried till Golden. The Prawns are Grilled with a little Salt and Pepper and the whole Shebang is served with a Chilli Peanut Dressing.  R 45.00

NOODLES, RICE AND ALL THINGS NICE

YAKISOBA

Typical Japanese Street Food. A sauce made with Light Soy, Sake (Rice Wine), Home Made stock, Palm Sugar, Cabbage and Carrots. A mild flavoured dish that warms your belly, with just enough sweetness and absolutely no heat. Choose your protein and your noodle. R 50.00

SWEET AND SOUR

Home-Made Sweet and Sour Sauce with Onion, Carrot and Pineapple; available with Veggies, Chicken, Pork or Prawns (15 bucks more for Prawns) and either Egg Fried Rice (Brown or white) or Egg Fried Noodles (Ramen). The Protein or Veg is battered and Fried and we are characteristically generous with the sauce. R 50.00

CHILLI PEANUT & CASHEW FRIED RICE 

Don’t ask for this one mild, coz we won’t do it!! Spicy is the only way this dish comes. A rich sauce with lots of Chilli, Dark Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce (vegetarian), Cashews, Peanuts and Home Made Stock with a healthy amount of Palm Sugar to sweeten things up. Available only as a Fried Rice option and not for the limp wristed or sensitive types. Once again you can choose your Protein or have it Vegetarian. R 50.00

LINE FISH

Once again our dear Friend Garret has delivered the goods. We’ve got some Uber Fresh Couta which we are offering two ways. Either lightly dusted with Flour and Fish Spice and Pan Fried or Dipped in a Beer Batter and Deep Fried until we can’t take it any more. Both ways are served on a bed of warm Ho Fun Noodle Salad with our Home Made Wasabi Mayo. R 70.00

Please note that we do reserve the right to change prices, and specials also do depend on availability

Awesome Mooki Specials

Via

DIM SUM (AND THEN SOME)

COIN POUCHES (three in a portion)

Pork Fillet marinated in a totally awesome mixture of Honey, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oyster Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Coriander and Spring Onion; ground into  Mince in an old-school hand grinder, twisted into Spring Roll-wrapper pouches and deep fried. We’re serving this with a Fresh Herb side salad and Sweet Chilli dippy sauce. R 35.00

TEMPURA PRAWNS      (four of these bad boys)

Four Prawns Fried in a Crispy Japanese Beer Batter till Golden Brown and served on Chinese Prawn Crackers with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce and Home Made Wasabi Mayonnaise. This is just plain yummy even if it does have an identity crisis.    R 40.00

CUMIN CHICKEN PARCELS  (Spicy and Fragrant, 2 in a portion)

So this is a take on Spring Rolls, but with an Indian influence. The filling consists of Chicken, Onion, Leeks, Cumin, Jeera and our own special spice blend. Here’s the kicker, though…..instead of using Spring Roll pastry, we used black magic to coerce Popadoms to do the same job.  These are deep fried and served with a herb side salad and a Sweet Chilli Yoghurt dipping sauce.  R 20.00

PRAWN SPRING ROLLS

We all knew this was inevitable.  Cripsy Pastry plus Prawns = YUMMY, and we are all about Yummy here( I checked this equation with a Maths Professor).   These come with a Sweet Chilli Dippy Sauce. R 25.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

CHICKEN AND  PRAWN SALAD

A classic combination with the usual Mooki twist. The Salad part is our usual Lettuce and Herb mix with Roasted  Seeds  and other tasty stuff. The Chicken is dipped in a Spicy Peanut and Spring Onion Batter and Pan Fried till Golden. The Prawns are Grilled with a little Salt and Pepper and the whole Shebang is served with a Chilli Peanut Dressing.  R 45.00

NOODLES, RICE AND ALL THINGS NICE

YAKISOBA 

Typical Japanese Street Food. A sauce made with Light Soy, Sake (Rice Wine), Home Made stock, Palm Sugar, Cabbage and Carrots. A mild flavoured dish that warms your belly, with just enough sweetness and absolutely no heat. Choose your protein and your noodle. R 50.00

SWEET AND SOUR 

Home-Made Sweet and Sour Sauce with Onion, Carrot and Pineapple; available with Veggies, Chicken, Pork or Prawns (15 bucks more for Prawns) and either Egg Fried Rice (Brown or white) or Egg Fried Noodles (Ramen). The Protein or Veg is battered and Fried and we are characteristically generous with the sauce. R 50.00

CHILLI PEANUT & CASHEW FRIED RICE

Don’t ask for this one mild, coz we won’t do it!! Spicy is the only way this dish comes. A rich sauce with lots of Chilli, Dark Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce (vegetarian), Cashews, Peanuts and Home Made Stock with a healthy amount of Palm Sugar to sweeten things up. Available only as a Fried Rice option and not for the limp wristed or sensitive types. Once again you can choose your Protein or have it Vegetarian. R 50.00

LINE FISH

Once again our dear Friend Garret has delivered the goods. We’ve got some Uber Fresh Couta which we are offering two ways. Either lightly dusted with Flour and Fish Spice and Pan Fried or Dipped in a Beer Batter and Deep Fried until we can’t take it any more. Both ways are served on a bed of warm Ho Fun Noodle Salad with our Home Made Wasabi Mayo. R 70.00

Please note that we do deserve the right to change prices, and specials also depend on availability

Mooki Specials

DIM SUM  (AND THEN SOME)

COIN POUCHES (three in a portion)

Pork Fillet marinated in a totally awesome mixture of Honey, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oyster Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Corriander and Spring Onion; ground into  Mince in an old-school hand grinder, twisted into Spring Roll-wrapper pouches and deep fried. We’re serving this with a Fresh Herb side salad and Sweet Chilli dippy sauce. R 35.00

TEMPURA PRAWNS

Four Prawns Fried in a Crispy Japanese Beer Batter till Golden Brown and served on Chinese Prawn Crackers with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce and Home Made Wasabi Mayonnaise. This is just plain yummy even if it does have an identity crisis.    R 40.00

HOT AND SOUR SOUP 

Kickass Hot and Sour Soup with a good dose of heat from Red Chilli and a face puckering Sour note delivered care of some Rice Wine Vinegar. Throw in three of the aforementioned Deep Fried Coin Pouches swimming in the  Chicken Based Broth and you’ve got an epic soup. R 40.00

STEAMED MUSSELS

Mussels in the half shell in a Spicy Basil and Coconut Milk Broth with a bit of sweetness from Palm Sugar and a touch of lime to pucker your face slightly. R 40.00

NOODLES, RICE AND ALL THINGS NICE

YAKISOBA

Typical Japanese Street Food. A sauce Made with Light Soy, Sake (Rice Wine), Home Made stock, Palm Sugar, Cabbage and Carrots. A mild flavoured dish that warms your belly, with just enough sweetness and absolutely no heat. Choose your protein and your noodle. R 50.00

SWEET AND SOUR 

Home-Made Sweet and Sour Sauce with Onion, Carrot and Pineapple; available with Veggies, Chicken, Pork or Prawns (15 bucks more) and either Egg Fried Rice (Brown or white) or Egg Fried Noodles (Ramen). The Protein or Veg is battered and Fried and we are characteristically generous with the sauce. R 50.00

CHILLI PEANUT & CASHEW FRIED RICE

Don’t ask for this one mild, coz we won’t do it!! Spicy is the only way this dish comes. A rich sauce with lots of Chilli, Dark Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce (vegetarian), Cashews, Peanuts and Home Made Stock with a healthy amount of Palm Sugar to sweeten things up. Available only as a Fried Rice option and not for the limp wristed or sensitive types. Once again you can choose your Protein or have it Vegetarian. R 50.00

SUPER FRESH LINE FISH

My Favourite China Garret brought us from Fresh Barracuda in this morning and now we love him again. It was touch and go for a while coz he hasn’t had anything good for days, but all’s forgiven. We’re offering The Barracuda grilled with a Frikken delicious (and SPICY) Chilli, Tomato and Pineapple jam (made by yours truly) and a Savoury Brown Fried Rice (Of course, if you prefer, and ask nicely you can have White Rice) R 70.00

OTHER KIFF STUFF TO TRY

CRISPY PRAWN CRACKERS (colourful and tasty) R 15.00

TSING TAO CHINESE BEER (a classic Chinese Lager style beer) R 18.00

ORANGE OR GREEN HONEY ICE TEA (not as sweet as our local variants) R16.00

CAFE’ PLAZA ICED COFFEE (an Asian Staple for summer) R 15.00

Please note that due to the South Korean Stock Excange dropping 5 basis points today on the news of the death of the funny looking little Gnome Dictator of North Korea, we do deserve the right to change specials so we can survive in the aftermath, of the Nuclear explosions, seriously we do reserve the right to change or limit specials.

Food 24 – Noodle Mania!

Ok Durban, get off your eisheholes, get your groove on and get down with your mates for some Noodle mania.  Mooki Noodle Bar in Brand Road is kewler than kewl.  I think that the food has digitally enhanced my world because everything seems to have a little more colour today; the only problem is that I can’t get those Ginger & Red Chilli Chicken Udon Noodles out of my mind.  I am in love!

If you read my blog you will know what a huge fan of Asian food I am and how I love to get into my own kitchen and fuse the foods of Thailand with China and Japan.  I hereby award Mooki “Hofu” which are kinda like Mooki Kudos to Paul, the owner and cook of Mooki Noodle Bar.  He has had the kahonies to play with food and lead his diners into a world where flavours flirt unabashedly with humour and funk! This is no ordinary Asian Food Restaurant …. Na-ah!  This is where Nintendo meets a Superhero.

The menu

Mooki Noodle’s menu is short, sweet and simple but every dish that came floating through in Pauls paws was a flavour fest and the portion sizes are very generous. TrickyRicky, my hubby would be more than happy with the size of the portions.  I like the flexibility that the menu offers.

It allows you to choose your fave noodle from Ramen, Mai Fun, Ho Fun or Udon Noodles, your desired protein from veg, chicken, pork or prawn and your sauce, from Pad Thai – a sweet Tamarind Sauce with Egg and crushed Peanuts (R45), Ginger & Red Chilli – a mushroom, ginger, garlic, chilli, Oyster and Soy sauce (R45) or Hoisin & Sweet Chilli – Plum sauce, Dark Soy, Sweet Chilli, garlic and Mushroom Sauce (R45) so there is plenty of choice to satisfy your need for Noodle Powa.

The Spring Rolls (R21 for 2) are fantastic – the pastry is wafer thin and crunches and snaps as you bite into it!  The freshly made Fish Cakes (R37) with a spicy Teriyaki sauce burst with flavour and the pot sticker style Dim Sum, which is made fresh daily, was served in a beautiful light, clear and cleanflavoured homemade chicken broth that makes your toes curl.

Rosy Jobfish

I woofed down my main dish of freshly caught Rosy Jobfish (of the Snapper family and off the SASSI green list) which is a wonderfully flavoursome, juicy firm beautiful white fish that was served on a Ho Fun Noodle salad with sweet chilli jam. (R65)  The Ginger & Red Chilli Chicken with Udon noodles was out of this world.  I can’t wait to go back for some more – can’t get that mushroom flavour out of my mind!

The full stop at the end of our meal should have a health warning attached to it … true’s Bob this dessert is addictive!  The Goji Berry Frozen Yoghurt served with a shot of Chilli Chocolate Sake rocked my world!  I want a bottle of that chilli chocolate Sake.

The vibe

The Mooki Noodle Bar is situated in Brand Road in Glenwood.  This area is starting to blossom and I can’t wait until it’s bursting with little gems like Mooki.  Restaurants that have heart and soul and a chef that’s in love with cooking and is still being creative in his kitchen.  I could easily have been seated in a little Thai street café – the décor is funky and colourful yet minimal and the kitchen is literally all of 8,75m square.  With packed tables full of Noodle Powered happy smiley people, the vibe is great and the food is so reasonably priced it’s affordable to all and so is the take away menu.

Who is Mooki?

So who is this Mooki dude you ask?  Mooki is Nintendo character that spent 10 years in silence his bedroom locked away from society, when he finally found his voice he left a pot of his awesome Noodles with a note for his parents telling them that he had left home to explore the world, and especially Africa as it seemed so far away, and that he would pay his way by singing and cooking for people, because if his family enjoyed his talents so much he would have plenty of “Hofu” or appreciation from those who lived in faraway places.

Mooki, sure as Hofu, found his way to Africa! Thank Heavens!

Janice Tripepi was hosted for the evening by Mooki Noodle Bar

Review courtesy of Food24