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Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

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



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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