Mamak, Sydney, Australia

Mamak was another restaurant on my wishlist. Luckily it’s right by Chinatown because we wanted to checkout the Night Market as well. Unfortunately, we ate too much, so we didn’t really feel like checking out all the night market had to offer after dinner..

Mamak is very popular. Our friend who lives in Brisbane, warned us that she always goes a little bit before opening, because there is always a long line. When we got there at about 7PM there was a huge line with about 40 people. We thought this was going to be a long wait, but it turns out it was only about 20 minutes, just like the host said. I guess many were larger parties, so they had to wait longer. The line moves quite fast.

I haven’t had much Malaysian food in my life, but I knew would I wanted to order. We ordered Roti Canai, Fried Chicken, Nasi Goreng, Green Beans, and Roti Telur Bawang.

The roti canai was served with two sauces – a lentil sauce and a curry and some samabal ont he side. The roti itself was a bit fluffier and less cooked here than I’m used to. The middle was a bit crisp, but the area under was tucked in and a bit doughy. Not sure how they cooked it like that. I liked the dips, but my friend didn’t really enjoy them. They were only a little bit spicy, but still quite flavourful. 

The Fried Chicken was really good. We ordered 2 pieces, and they gave us a thigh and a drumstick ($4 each piece or 4 for $14). It was very crispy, and nicely seasoned with their special spice mix. I really liked the flavour here, and the meat was juicy and steaming hot.  The nasi goreng is Malaysian-style fried rice with spicy sambal, eggs, prawns, assorted vegetables, topped with fried shallots.

The beans were served with pork, and shrimp paste. My friend enjoyed it, but she almost ate the entire plate to herself since I’m allergic to the shrimp paste. My friend wasn’t too happy with her Roti Telur Bawang, which is roti stuffed with egg and onion. Way too much egg and onion for one person, but good if you only have a bit of it.

My friends didn’t really like Mamak that much, but it is very popular. For some reason my friend has to always visit them when in Sydney even though she’s not that big of a fan. I enjoyed the food and the roti better at Kaya Malay Bistro in Vancouver. The prices at Mamak are fairly cheap too, so that’s another plus.

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15 Goulburn St
Sydney, NSW

02 9211 1668

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