Monday, 26 May 2008


Chinatown Sydney was crying out Lois Lane styles for a truly super duper Malaysian food store. It had everything else, but the one cuisine that truly makes me feel like I’d lose all bladder control from over excitement. The hybrid nourishment that’s influenced by the best of worlds… Indian, Chinese, Indonesian.

Mamak has answered that call and it doesn’t disappoint, arriving in the nick of time to rescue the insatiable appetite. Not Superman bicep and forearm cradling comfortable on the short wooden stools and the prices won’t match those on the hard streets of Petaling Jaya. What is though is the soothing sound of the soft dough of egg, flour, water and ghee being splattered on the sparkling mirror of stainless steel to flatten then folded over. It is allowed to rise before softly sizzling on a liberally oiled BBQ hot plate to produce the 13th wonder of the world… the roti canai. Coming to a mouth near you with two curry dips of fish and vegetable. Have them all, from the Telur (egg), Planta (buttery) even Kaya (pandan and coconut) and Piseng (banana). Crispy, flaky on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside, like a Lex Luthor Martha Kent cross breed. Most of the classics are here, although strangely absent is a rendang but still plenty to please including a Jonathan Kent likable Nasi Lemak, Kristen Kruek hot hot hot Kari Ayam (chicken curry) and Malaysian style Ayam Goreng (fried chicken).

The heart flutters, the face blushes, and lucky I was wearing that adult diaper. Thank you SuperMamak in your stripped back latex glory.

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 15 Goulburn St, Haymarket, NSW
What? Under $15

Left to Right : Teh ais, Limau ais, Kopi ‘O’ ais, Nasi Lemak chicken curry, Kari Ayam, Ayam Goreng, plain Roti Canai, Roti Planta

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