A teacher with a lifelong love of cooking has opened the first Asian street food takeaway in Clevedon.
Mafe Tucker, who runs Butterflies Cafe and Tea Room at Hill Road with husband Chris, has taken on the Pier Copse kiosk in Alexandra Gardens.
Mafe took on Butterflies Tea Room and cafe 12 years ago due to the fact the couple are both keen cooks and saw the pier copse outlet as the perfect way of expanding the business.
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During the covid lockdowns Mafe turned her talents into a takeaway business at home, cooking up her South East Asian street food for people looking for a special treat.
And the pandemic inspired pop up proved popular.
Dishes which will be served up at Pink Butterflies come from all over the world including Malaysia and the Phillipinnes.
“When the chance to take on the kiosk came up, I knew I had to do it,” said Mafe, who developed a love of cooking at a young age, being taught by her mother.
“I could just see people taking their food and then staying on the seafront or in the park to eat it while enjoying the spectacular sunsets that Clevedon has to offer.
“The opportunity came at just the right moment and we are looking forward to the better Spring and summer weather.”
Pink Butterflies opened for the first time on March 11 – and despite it pouring with rain there were still crowds queuing to enjoy Mafe’s culinary skills.
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All of the recipes are Mafe’s own and have been carefully created. She will offer four different dishes on the days she opens.
On opening day the dishes were Malaysian chicken curry, Humba pork and cashew nuts, Thai vegan curry and Chicken Thai Panang.
They come with a variety of rice from yellow rice to coconut rice and coconut and ginger rice.
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We took home a takeaway box of all four – and rice – and were not disappointed. Each dish was bursting with flavour.
As well as the street food, Mafe also offers coffee and soft drinks.
In the summer she plans to create a range of non alcoholic cocktails to accompany her dishes.
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Pink Butterflies will initially open Wednesday to Sunday from 12noon -2pm and from 5pm-7pm although there are plans in the future to increase hours.
Takeaway dishes are priced at £7.75 each and with generous portions are good value for money.
Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust took over the loos – which used to be a ladies toilet only – several years ago after North Somerset Council announced it was to close them as a cost saving measure.
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The trust secured a £30,000 grant to refurbish the toilets to provide two cubicles with a pay as you go entry system as well as remodelling the rest of the building to create a refreshments kiosk.
The money raised from the refreshments kiosk – now Pink Butterflies – and the use of the toilet goes to cover their running costs.
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