Its early days in Sydney and a few weekends were crazily spent in home shopping at IKEA and other stores. Both me and my husband love exploring new cuisines and its great that Sydney is a melting pot of many cultures and cuisines, where you can indulge in every possible delectable food variety, vegetarians will not be disappointed
We headed to Chatswood to eat our heart out at the local Mall Market which is held every Friday. The Chatswood market is bang in the middle of Chatswood Shopping District well connected to the Sydney train network. This place is indeed a must visit for the food campers simply because of so many ethnic food stalls. The Willoughby City Council obviously takes pride in promoting the local mall market which hosts many food festivals and promotions. For more information on the friday market you can visit http://willoughby.nsw.gov.au/
Another popular eatery in Chatswood is the famed Malaysian cuisine restaurant chain #Mamak. You could call it a haven for curry lovers who love subtle and fresh flavours. We were indeed hungry souls after strolling in the market and our next stop was Mamak. The menu at Mamak is pretty simple and easy on the eye for those who wish to order in a jiffy. With two more friends joining us, we ordered Roti Canai which is crispy and fluffy. Visually Roti Canai, reminds you of the famous french dessert Creme Brulee, but when you eat it, most Indians will pass it off as the Malaysian style romali roti.
The word ‘Mamak’ is referred to the Malay-Indian community, whose ancestors travelled to the Malay Peninsula from South India (mostly Tamil Nadu). In Malaysia, you’d spot affordable mamak stalls in busy shopping and eating streets serving delicious food.
Roti Canai in making (above and below)
To compliment the melt-in-your-mouth Roti Canai, we ordered Kari Kambing – a spicy lamb curry and Kari Sayur – a veg curry cooked with lentils, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes.
Kari Sayur – veg. lentil curry
Kari Kambing – spicy lamb curry
For under $30 you can get yourself a wonderful happy stomach meal at Mamak! On a Friday night you may have to queue in to get a table, but it’s all worth it! Till then you can enjoy watching Mamak’s young cooks flying rotis in air in their kitchen with a panoramic view. Food lovers definitely gotta visit Mamak when in Sydney. The friendly bustling restaurant has been included in the SMH Good Food Guide 2009, Sydney’s Top 10 Affordable Restaurants list by the Guardian, amongst many other awards.
P9 & P10/1-5 Railway Street
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Open: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 5:30 – 9:30 pm
image courtesy: mamak.com.au