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July 13, 2011

Mamak Village


I’d been meaning to try out Mamak Village for a while (especially after Alison recommended it!), so when my friend revealed that she had never been to a Malaysian restaurant before, I quickly suggested we come here for our next lunch together. A short walk from uni, we find ourselves at the entrance, looking at a closed sign. It’s strange to think that I ate lunch at 11 in the morning when I was at uni- I only wake up at that time now! Just as we begin walking away however, the blinds are opened and the restaurant is opened- yay!

Roti canai ($4)

We couldn’t come here without ordering the roti, of course, and we chose the most basic roti canai to share between us. It is crisp and flaky, though not quite as much as Mamak’s (is it even possible not to compare any roti with mamak’s?), but every bit as exciting and satisfying! The curries were also delicious, though we couldn’t quite figure out what the middle sauce was, and we had no problem mopping just about all of it up!

Mee Siam $9.50

The rest of the menu was a little more difficult to choose from, only because of the large variety of dishes on offer. Luckily, they have pictures on the back of the menu, and I automatically go for the Mee siam. The vermicelli stir fry is nice and dry, with big chunks of prawns, crunchy bean sprouts and lettuce to accompany the tasty noodles.

Nasi Lemak $10

We decide to order the Nasi Lemak because we wanted something with rice and this had a thumb next to it on the menu 😀 We ordered it with chicken curry (instead of beef rendang) which comes as a tasty drumstick which is tender enough to be easily split into two halves by a spoon. As surprising as it may seem, this is my first taste of Nasi Lemak- and I loved it! The coconut rice was delicious enough to enjoy by itself and I loved trying out each of the accompanying components to see which one I liked the best (I think it would have to be the anchovies!)

We leave feeling full and satisfied- and me with intentions of coming back here more often! If you have any suggestions for good restaurants near Sydney uni, leave a comment- I can’t wait to try more places when the next semester starts (just about the only thing I’m actually looking forward to about uni….) 🙂

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5 Comments

  • grub

    there's a Malaysian restaurant near my uni too, but i don't go there for lunch. instead i go with my family on the weekend for lunch or dinner. i'm not good with the spicy food though.

    not looking forward to uni, just barely scraped through first semester ahhh.

    thank you for making the coconut cake! just reheat it in the microwave and it shouldn't be too hard..i think! i'm going to make your Thai noodle salad for lunch tomorrow! can't wait 🙂

    July 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM Reply
  • sensiblecooking

    Von how I wish I was there. I am huge huge fan of Malaysian cuisine. Mee siam one of my favorite. You made me hungry girl. Thank you for the food tour.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM Reply
  • Viv

    this place is soo similar to mamak, even that tin tray of roti with the 2 dipping sauces! hehe. coincidently i was craving for mamak's chicken satay today 😛

    hmm cant recom any places near USyd…am a UNSWer 😛

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM Reply
  • sugarpuffi

    waking up at 11? thats so early for me…i usually wake up at 3pm during the weekends bwahhahaha! this place looks similar to mamak but cheaper 😛

    July 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM Reply
  • tigerfish

    The roti canai is definitely bigger than what we can get here in the US (I am comparing using out of SE Asia standards). Here, it is just one tiny miserable piece and it cost $5! 🙁

    July 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM Reply
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