Ah-Ma’s was founded by Anita Cheung. Settling firmly between her Cantonese upbringing and multicultural British home, Anita wanted to steer away from the Cantonese food that is peppered with msg and artificial colourings to bring to the masses the kind of cooking she experienced at home, incorporating the delicate balancing of fresh and light with punchy and flavourful. Typical in home-cooked Cantonese cuisine is the strong emphasis on the nourishing qualities of ingredients. This is a knowledge passed down by generations of home cooks and has a basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here, food really is medicine!
Anita’s passion in providing nourishing food also takes into account where we source our ingredients. We believe adhering to ethically sound and sustainable standards compliment excellent quality, taste and experience. As such, dishes are handmade from scratch using locally-sourced, minimum free range or organic produce from the South West where possible, ethical producers and companies are supported, and packaging used is made from renewable resources, and is compostable, biodegradable or easily recyclable.
“The word ‘Ah-Ma’ means either mother or grandmother in Cantonese depending on how you pronounce it, and so the name ‘Ah-Ma’s’ is really a homage to my mum and the generations before her that have passed down those wholesome delicious food remedies & herbal recipes widely known in Chinese families. Much love was poured into every dish mum made and I wanted to share that experience, so Ah-Ma’s was established – and what better way to do it than by making dim sum, which literally means ‘touch the heart’.”