Mabu Mabu is a Torres Strait Islander owned and run café, catering and food business with an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal and native ingredients to create beautiful dishes that bring people together. Nornie Bero is the head chef and business owner. A Meriam woman of the Komet Tribe, Bero is originally from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, and grew up on the Islands. She has since been a professional chef for over 20 years working across Melbourne and London’s restaurant and café scene. As a chef, Nornie’s style of cooking is all about generosity and flavour. She has been creating dishes using native ingredients for much of her career, and is currently on a mission to make Indigenous herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits part of everyone's kitchen pantry.
Mabu Mabu is a term from the Torres Strait that means 'help yourself’. Traditionally, a Mabu Mabu is a banquet, shared table or big family meal that we put out for family gatherings, weddings, funerals, and tombstone openings. It's how we like to enjoy food on the islands: surrounded by the people we love. When the food is ready, we say ‘Mabu Mabu’ and everyone goes in!
From the pantry:
2 tbsp of Malt Extract
Half a head of cauliflower
500g of green beans
Mabu Mabu Green Tomato Hot Sauce