Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Best Old School Mamak Stall I Know - Jalan Ipoh

(I've been too busy to write a proper article so I present you one that I've kept in draft for a long time.)

It's just very difficult to find a mamak like this anymore. Nowadays the variety they have in mamak restaurants are staggering. Many mamak restaurants are now in the business of serving atypical dishes like chicken chop, spaghetti and claypot lou shi fun. The modern mamak restaurant must be the best example of a melting pot that Malaysia has to offer. Everyone eats at a mamak restaurant and a mamak restaurant has anything for anyone! However one does yearn for simpler times when all mamak restaurants had were their rotis, briyani rice and small nasi lemak packets.

There's this road side stall I frequent in Jalan Ipoh behind the HSBC bank. I don't think they have a name and if they do then I don't know it but the fact is it doesn't matter. The people here are very friendly... they remember regular customers and best of all they understand what you tell them (unlike those foreign workers that modern mamaks have a habit of hiring). For as long as I've know them they have been run by 2 old guys. One of them has since gone into semi retirement and a younger old guy has taken over his place.

Old school road side stall.

Roti canai banjir.

One of my favourite food ever; roti telur bawang. Since this is an old school mamak you can find chilli in your roti telur... I really love that! This mamak's roti telur is consistently good.

Rotis are for breakfast. For lunch they serve strictly rice with the typical mamak dishes (fried chicken, curry mutton, etc...). Nasi beriyani is served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On the other days they serve plain rice. They are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

A little side story I heard from my neighbour in Puchong (yes even my neighbour knows them): Apparently this stall was very famous for their mutton curry. In fact a famous convict (I can't remember the name) once escaped jail only to be caught again while enjoying the mutton curry in the stall.

posted by wyejon at Wednesday, May 24, 2006 (permalink) |

3 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger Tummythoz

'Alo there. I've always luv d way they display the multi-coloured bottled drinks at d top front (sometimes sides as well) of their stalls.

11:23 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

tummythoz: that's old school for ya.

9:38 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Shanker

eh man!! i used to live in that area!! kampung kasipillay!!! yay!! glad to see this on ur blog. dude.. i think their nasi briyani is just heavenly!!! im craving for em now!! damnit!

1:14 AM  

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