[Sydney, Australia] “What is this? We come alllll to way to Sydney, and we are having Malaysian food?”

The type of questions asked when the group of Singaporeans hunt for supper, and find ourselves queuing for 30 minutes at 10 degrees outside Mamak at Chinatown Haymarket.

Mamak offers Malaysian style street food You know, the type we can get back home (in Singapore) between SGD$2-$5 sometimes downstairs where we stay.

There we went, ordering Mee Goreng (AUD$12), Nasi Lemak (AUD$9), Nasi Goreng (AUD$12), Satay (AUD$9 for half dozen, AUD$16 for dozen), and Roti Canai (AUD$5.50).

And oh, not forgetting the Teh Tarik at AUD$4 too. Easily more than double than what we would be willing to pay back home.

It was not as if we were studying in Australian universities and had been home-sick. But we did notice a mixture of half Asian, and half Westerner students dining there.

We were fascinated by the chefs pressing doughs and flipping roti canai behind the front window (Yes, as though we have never seen that before.)

The Roti Bom (AUD$9) somehow was a level beyond what we had before – crispy on the outside, as though there was a layer of caramelised sweetness, rather thick and almost flakey-fluffy on the layered inside.

Tad oily though. But still good.

Its savoury version, the Roti Canai (AUD$5.50) served with two curry dips and spicy sambal sauce was not so impressive.

“Could this be the best Mee Goreng I ever had?” 20, I mean 30 plus years of my life having various versions of this local Hokkien fried noodle, but Mamak’s take was mouth-wateringly delicious.

The combination of wok-hei (heat from the work), fresh ingredients of prawns, fish cakes and bean sprouts, and spicy-salty flavor made this quite an unforgettable must-have-again dish.

Not every item was worthy though, especially the drinks, but we were judging with eyes (and mouth) as people who grew up eating all these type of food.

We can imagine customers commenting that the food would be not authentic, or over-rated, perhaps due to a combination of hype, the long queue, and snappy no-fuss service. But we liked Mamak for it’s take on familiar local food again, in a foreign country.

Chinatown, 15 Goulburn Street Haymarket NSW 2000
Tel: +61 02 9211 1668
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-2:00am (Fri-Sat)
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Tel: +61 02 9411 4411
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Open till 10:30pm Fri & Sat)

366 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: 03 9670 3137
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Open till 10:30pm Fri & Sat)

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