Anna Mae’s

Anna Mae cooks southern states street food, mainly either pulled pork sandwiches or mac ‘n cheese with various toppings. I was very intrigued by their smoked pork dishes along with their own BBQ sauce, but yesterday at World Street Food Festival it was mac ‘n cheese time and I had the chance to try it.

Mac ‘n Cheese actually has Italian roots (no surprise there). After American president Thomas Jefferson encountered the dish in Paris – in the times when it was fashionable-, he imported macaroni and Parmesan cheese to USA and later served a macaroni pie at a state dinner. Since that time, this dish has been associated with America and specifically southern American cuisine.

Anna Mae prepares four kinds of Mac ‘n Cheese, which are below:

And she cooks with a large, large pan.

I went for The Don Macaroni, which is Mac ‘n Cheese with crispy bacon, pesto, and fresh basil chives. Apparently they were out of basil :/

First tastes; pretty good. Pesto is especially very well done, I think it had pine nuts too – which is a must for it. Bacon is a bit soft and tasty, I was not sure if pesto and bacon would go along well but they did. Both are good condiments to macaroni and cheese. So the cheese mix: Cheddar, Monteray Jack and Mozarella. Unfortunately, I did not really get a sharp cheese taste which I was looking for.. It just was not there, I more felt like as if it was made with cream sauce. I also got a taste similar to mustard (if it is not mustard) and it started to overpower all other flavours, including slight cheese taste. Consequently, the dish started to become a bit boring after some short time eating it. I’d say it would be much better if they’d use a cheese like Parmesan, instead of Mozerella – this dish definitely needs a stronger cheese taste. The pasta was also a bit soft, I’d prefer al dente. It would improve the texture of the dish. Finally, I really like Mac ‘n Cheese with a burnt cheese crust. Achieving this may be a bit pain for a street trader but the stakes are high!

Mac ‘n Cheese was below my expectations, but after the reviews I read about their pork sandwiches, sauces, coleslaws and beans, I have high hopes for my next go!

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Price: £5 – £5.5

Location: Always changing, their website has the perfect list of the locations and menus.

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2 Comments

  1. Great review and seems your opinion was almost identical to mine from the Street Food Festival! Nice to see someone else thought the same about the slight lack of cheesiness- great condiments, just a shame it wasn’t a bit stronger on the cheese!

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    • Hey Roisin, I’m glad that you think the same too. We are talking about Mac ‘n Cheese, it’s like the king of trashy food – it has huge potential to be amazing and I hope this one gets there. Nice blog btw.

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