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Last week, before Bev and I went shopping in the city, we had lunch at Mamak which opened last October in China Town. Bev said for the most authentic roti, this is the place to go. I couldn’t wait! Click here for more on Mamak fare.

My mouth started watering as soon as we walked up to the entrance. Two guys were busy making the rotis and it was fun to watch them as I wondered which one to get.

We get a Roti Canai (AUD$5) each which is served with curry dip and spicy sambal sauce. It’s light and fluffy, although a little doughier than ones I’ve had previously and not as crispy. I dip it into the curry and sambal which are quite spicy but with a delicious sweetness. Bev says it’s the tamarind - I buy a jar of when we’re at the grocery later to put into my next curry!

Next time I might try the roti with the rich buttery sauce, or ooooooh, made the Bawang with "lashings of sweet red onions" oh my!

The chicken satay sticks (AUD$14 for a dozen) are delicious, juicy and lightly smokey and even better with globs of sweet and sour and very peanutty satay sauce which we received a big bowlful of. I munched on the chopped cucumber which came with it as well, but not the red onion, as I prefer my red onion in very thin slices or cooked!

For dessert we have Roti tisu (AUD$7) and oh my goodness, it is BLISS!! I don’t know how they do it, but it is ultra thin (and in the shape of a party hat ;) and it has a sort of salty sugary taste. Bev asks for it to be drizzled with condensed milk. The crispiness and the sweet thickness of the milk have a party in my mouth.

It’s going to be very hard next time because I’ll want the tisu again but I also want to try the roti kaya (AUD$6.50) "filled with a traditional spread made from pandan and coconut".

We also had Cendol (AUD$5) which is “starch noodles made from fresh pandan leaves, with gula-melaka syrup, coconut milk and shaved ice.” The coconut milk is almost caramelly and a little salty. Yum. This dish is a bit too cold for winter though. Will be great in summer! Even if it does look like a Klingon’s dessert!

Making the goodies. Guy on left is making a stuffed roti with meaty curry.

This is art


Super thin

The restaurant.

Some of the desserts

Our heavenly meal

Bev digs in. Yum!

A ball of roti goodness


Me and Roti tisu

aka Party Hat!

Melty condensed milk

Super thin and super flavoursome

Cendol. What lurks beneath..



15 Goulburn St, Haymarket, Sydney
Open 7 days
Lunch: 1130am to 3pm
Dinner: 530pm to late

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( 11 comments — Leave a scent )
Aug. 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Your posts always make me hungry, even though we just had dinner and I'm stuffed. *cry*

The next time we go back to Sydney, I'm going on a thefragrantelf dinner tour of the city. *g*
Aug. 16th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Heehee! M is always amazed how I can still talk about food after I've eaten a full meal!

Yes, when you come back to Sydney, a dinner tour for sure! If you do, let me know, it'd be great to do that!! :D
Aug. 16th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
these posts always make me feel so hungry! :D
Aug. 16th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
LOL, they make me peckish as I'm writing them!
Aug. 16th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
ah you mean Malaysian roti. I panicked for a moment because the Malay one is of course different to the Indian one. Even Malaysian curry is different to Indian curry (still love it though, might have to ask my pal if we can go to his fave Malaysian restaurant soon!).
Aug. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I love Indian roti too! I love 'em all, and the long as it's not too spicy! :P
Aug. 16th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
roti tisu
OMG, you're killing me. That roti tisu sounds and looks INCREDIBLE. We have a lot of good food around here, but I don't think anyone has that.(Runs and Googles). One Malaysian restaurant in Denver, Colorado, US, and their menu doesn't list it.

Aug. 27th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: roti tisu
Ah yes, it was thoroughly amazing - I want more!

Hopefully you will find it one day! Although, I'm sure you've got some tasty things in your part of the world we don't have here!
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Aug. 27th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Heehee, nope does not get any better than that!

Yes, I should be thinking about it more than eating too :P

Aug. 17th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Love the party hat food!
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
I know, it's multifunctional! :D
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