Faces of
Malaysia
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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Mamak Stalls / Restaurants

restaurant type | Indian, Mamak
Mamak Stalls / Restaurants, Modern Mamak restaurant
Modern Mamak restaurant
Mamak stalls are restaurants in Malaysia run by Muslim Indians.

Traditionally Mamak Stalls started out as road side stalls but due their importance to Malaysian social life, hence their number of customer, there are big mamak restaurants and even chains now too. Mamak stalls are true multi-racial melting pots, whether they be Malay, Indian, Chinese or others, this is place where everybody meets for a snack or a drink with friends, business clients, breakfast or just watching football at night. Many mamak stalls operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You want your Roti Canai and Teh Tarik at 4am in the morning? No problem. Welcome to Malaysia!

 

 

Here's a video clip to a parody of a Black Eye Peas song from a local radio station (I got it from my mamak).  A funny clip that gives you a good feel what Mamak means to Malaysians. By the way "Macha" is how the locals call the staff in the restaurant (the other option being Boss")

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more information and pictures about the Mamak stalls



Where to find?
almost everywhere in the cities

Mamak Stalls / Restaurants on Wikipedia:

The mamak stall has been etched permanently into Malaysian culture, much in part because of its ubiquitous nature. The mamak stall is very much a melting pot of cultures, a symbol of multiracial harmony. People of all races, religions and ages frequent mamak stalls to gossip or catch a late-night football game while enjoying a cup of hot teh tarik. No other eatery has quite as much cultural significance in Malaysia, save for the kopi tiam. The Malaysian Mamak (commonly known as Mamak) are Tamil Muslims of Malaysian nationality, whose forefathers mostly migrated from South India to the Malay Peninsula and various locations in Southeast Asia centuries ago.

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Mamak Stalls / Restaurants, Modern Mamak restaurant
Modern Mamak restaurant






related entries:


Teh Tarik

most popular drink in Malaysia made of black tea and condensed milk

Roti Canai

popular southern Indian dish made of ghee, flour, egg and water

Thosai

southern Indian crepe made of rice and dhal

Tandoori Chicken

indian roasted chicken dish

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