This place is exactly like the street stall its owners had enticed the Chinatown Friday Night Market goers with last year. It’s fast, there are still queues and the food remains scrumptious.
While I can’t pronounce “Mamak” like a true Malaysian, I can definitely eat chilli like one. And even still, the fiery hotness in the Sambal udang caught me by surprise. The jam textured sambal was so addictive. I scooped spoonfuls on each delectable piece of prawn.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Sambal udang, stir-fried prawns with fiery sambal sauce

The Kari ikan was delicious also. The fish was oily and flaky and the tangy curry was matched well with chunks of tomatoes, okra and eggplant.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Kari ikan, tangy fish curry cooked with fresh tomatoes, okra and eggplant

Next was the Rojak which was brought out within an impressive 10 minutes of ordering. The prawn and coconut fritters were sweet enough to be classified as dessert but i loved the refreshing textures between the salad of shredded yambean, cucumber, fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs and glossy thick peanut sauce.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Rojak, salad of prawn and coconut fritters, fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs, shredded yambean and cucumber and topped with a thick spicy peanut sauce

The Kangkung belacan seems to transcend many cultures and languages as it is also known as ‘rau muống’ in Vietnamese, ‘ong choy’ in Cantonese, ‘eng chai’ in Hokkien/Teochew and ‘water spinach’ in English, right here in Australia. The aromas of the shrimp paste were all mopped up with the leafy greens.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Kangkung belacan, stir-fried water spinach with chillies and shrimp paste

Mamak serve 10 types of roti, including 4 sweet variants. We ordered the original roti canai which was crispy on the outside, buttery and fluffy on the inside. It was served with 2 curry dips and a dollop of spicy sambal sauce. It couldn’t have been good for my waist, but oh, I am so craving it right now! (Psst, Mamak opens til 2am on Friday and Saturday nights… almost too good to be true! Traditional roti at 2am? Count me in! Hehe…)

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Roti Canai, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside

There’s not much I can say about perfectly fried chicken… and Mamak do the best ayam goreng. Crispy, spicy, golden… I’d have this over KFC any day.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - the best Ayam goreng, fried chicken marinated with herbs and spices

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - drinks, teh ais (ice milk tea), kopi ais (ice white coffee) and kopi tarik (Malaysian white coffee)

Coffee and tea tastes better with condensed milk. Here we had the teh ais (ice milk tea), kopi ais (ice white coffee) and kopi tarik (white coffee).
Ais kacang… just look at this glorious mountain of red beans, corn, grass jelly, rose-syrup, sweetened milk and shaved ice! Enough said.

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Ais kacang, concoction of red beans, corn, grass jelly, rose-syrup and sweetened milk on a mountain of shaved ice

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Hazim and Zen

Meet Hazim and Zen…

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - Jennifer and Xiaohan

And me & Xiaohan
Want more Malaysian goodness? Check out the Mamak menu below or why not tingle your taste buds at the Malaysian Festival on Aug 31, at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour?

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - menu

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - menu

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - menu

Mamak (Malaysian roti and satay), 15 Goulburn Street Sydney - menu

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • I went there last weekend…I’m so amazing at how authentic the food is..just like when I used to go back to Singapore to visit relatives..! Check out 3Dworld next week for my review 🙂 Mel

  • Hands down one of the best Malaysian/Singaprean restaurant. Very fast and efficient.

  • The roti is the most authentic I’ve ever tasted in Sydney coz they make it fresh! Other restaurants usually just heat up the frozen ones. And back in Msia, mamaks are usually open 24 hours…something i really miss when I’m here. 🙂 Thanks for putting up the plug and link to Malaysia Fest Jennifer! Hope to see you there! 😀

  • Oh and I forgot to say that Mamak will be opening a stall at Malaysia Fest as well. So those of you who want to sample their goodies while watching Malaysian performances feel free to drop by Tumbalong Park on 31st August.

  • Im addicted to their Rojak, Ayam goreng and all the different rotis. Mmmm must go get another fix but the queues are always so long haha. Nice photos btw ^^

  • D

    FFIchiban and I have been here a few times now and we can vouch that the roti is one of the most authentic found in Sydney. We’ll definitely be on the hunt next Sunday for the Mamak stall @ Darling Harbour 🙂

  • Sheera – I didn’t make it to the festival ‘coz was in Hobart… it looked awesome though, i def won’t miss it nxt yr!! 🙂
    D – can’t wait to see your blog post about it! Yummo…

  • steve

    on my way……for lunch..!!

  • Wow…nice!! I’m a malaysian and I never truly appreciate the food here especially Roti til now..!! I love ur coverage on most of the food in Malaysia. Thanks!! 🙂

  • Krissie, Ah yes… i am so addicted to the roti!!! I have lost count of the number of times I’ve been here… the sambal is awesome with the roti canai and i can never leave without a dessert roti tisu! i’m glad u’ve enjoyed it too
    steve, so lucky! i wish i worked closer…hehe…

  • Radhika

    Oh wow! have been looking for a great Malaysian restaurant in Sydney (we were spoiled in Wellington, NZ thanks to a great Malaysian community!). The food looks incredible!

  • Trung

    A fan of your blogs!
    Mmmm Malaysian food!
    Everything looked so wonderful and spicy!! just the way I like it!
    I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t have Roti Prata and Teh Tori on that menu!
    If you ever drop in Melbourne looking for Amazing Malaysian food for next to nothing –>> Rich Maha in Vermont Penang Coffee house

  • Jen

    Thanks so much for the tips, these will help me venture out of the city centre!