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Mamak is one of the few places in Sydney to get exceptional Malaysian hawker food, still offered at an authentic price.

Mamak is the talk of the town and with good reason. It’s one of the few places in Sydney to get exceptional Malaysian hawker food, still offered at an authentic price. It’s no surprise that this place often has lines of eager customers stretching down the street. All I can say is: get in early, it’s worth it.

Walk in past the chefs, on full display, and bathe in the aroma of curries and fried roti. It’s a long room, crammed full with wooden tables, and service is courteous but necessarily efficient. The menu is divided into Roti, variations on the warm bread served with curry dips and spicy sambal sauce, Satay, available in chicken or beef, Mains, featuring curries and fried chicken, and Noodle and Rice dishes.

We pick two variants of the roti: the straightforward Roti Canai ($5.50) and the Roti Telur with fried egg ($6.50). Satay is available in half dozen ($9) or dozen ($16) lots. Our choice is chicken, and we decide that half a dozen will be plenty. For our main, it’s hard to go past Nasi Goreng ($11.50), though we are temporarily distracted by the Maggi Goreng ($11.50) – a popular version of the Nasi Goreng made with Maggi noodles. For drinks, we both opt for Ice Milo ($3.50), done the Malaysian way – mixed with water and milk, and served in a glass with ice.

Half an hour later, we leave dazed and satisfied. This is by far the best Malaysian food that Sydney has to offer. It won’t be long before we’re lining up all over again.

Published on July 24 , 2011 by

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