Archive for the ‘Cheap Eats’ Category

Notorious for its monstrous line that whirls itself down Goulburn Street and at times, past Dixon street. The sight in itself should be enough to put anyone off Mamak. But the promise of their cheap and cheerful eats is now legendary. It just keeps everyone coming in single file.

I’d like to hit rewind for a moment to when I stumbled across afoodstory. I still remember it to this day. I found their Mamak post on their blog and it left me dying to go. I loved their blog and read it with fond admiration. One of the many blogs that inspired me to start up my very own.

When I met them at a bloggers dinner I was pretty thrilled! I had to confess that in spite of reading their Mamak post, I still hadn’t made it there. So we made a pinky swear that we would go together!

Hit fast forward and here I am sitting with Lex and Dylan and it seems quite surreal, to be sitting here with ‘the’ exact same bloggers that I had read about in that post!

roti canai

Lex is an expert Mamak goer and you can tell. She knows exactly what to order and every single word off the menu rolls off her tongue.

First up, the roti canai. It promises to be fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside and it doesn’t disappoint.

chicken satay

The satay sticks is a quintessential must have item. The chicken skewers are juicy, tender and packed with flavour from the marinade and charcoal. The peanut sauce is the right amount of sweet and spicy, I mean… there are just no words. It was so good, I literally ‘ate’ the sauce, with the bowl in one hand and the spoon in the other. Lex, Dyl and Brazil weren’t far behind either.

The only draw back was that we felt short-changed when the chicken sticks arrived. According to Lex and Dyl, they have definitely downsized on their servings since their last visit. Slightly disappointed, we move on and we order another batch.

nasi lemak

After a recent visit to Malaysia and Borneo, I ate this gem morning, noon and night. It is arguably Malaysia’s national breakfast dish but you can find it any time of the day due to its popularity.

I wanted to have the Nasi Lemak with chicken so I could rate the authenticity of flavours and likeness to the dish back in Malaysia and it was absolutely spot on.

drinks

The tea tarik is a wonderful recreation of the popular Malaysian drink. With its signature frothy top, this baby is as authentic as its gets. It is so damn comforting, you can’t but help sigh at every sip.

The milo tea is another typical Malaysian tea and is accurately represented here. The tea is also tasty but I only have eyes for the tea tarik.

roti telur - egg

Roti telur is just as tasty but it doesn’t have the same textural contrasts as the roti canai. The roti encased a fluffy egg filling and it is served with two curry sauces and a spicy sambal sauce. The curry sauces are pleasant enough but all my love heads straight for that little blob of spicy sambal sauce.

rojak

Rojak plays a bit of visual trickery on you. You don’t even know what it is when it comes out. But it is a salad alright.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t really tickle anyone’s fancy. I found it overly drenched in the spicy peanut sauce, that it overwhelmed the other elements of the dish.

ayam berempah

Ayam berempah is like Malaysian KFC with the added flavours of star anise, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves infused into the skin. The chicken skin was nice and crispy with the resounding crunch to every bite. But KFC will always be my first true love. No contest.

cendol 1

cendol 2

This is a very typical asian dessert with the jelly like morsels swimming in a soupy syrup/milk with shaved ice on top. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this dessert but I think you may need an asian palate to truly appreciate this.

roti kaya

Brazil had his heart firmly set on the sweet roti. The sweet buttery roti was filled with a pandan and coconut spread, showcasing the roti’s versatility. Again, the roti did not disappoint and this was hands down the crowd favourite.

Welcome to Mamak, for some cheap, cheerful and authentic Malaysian that’s worth the line and the wait.

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Mamak

02 9211 1668

15 Goulburn St
Haymarket, NSW

Self proclaimed as the first and only authentic Mexican to hit Sydney. You kind of owe it to yourself to make your way to Gladesville to check out those odds.

Dos Senoritas promises you street style food from the likes of Guadalajara, Mexico in bountiful proportions. Packed to rim every night, its best to book ahead.

Alive with bright blue walls, sombreros, pinatas and ponchos, the place screams AYE YAI YAI! That you just can’t help but tap into your inner Me-hi-carn-no. No?

Upon arrival, we were given a stash of fresh tortilla chips to help us glaze over the menu.

The chips are easily the best tortilla chips I’ve ever tasted. They’re free too and free always tastes good.

They’re fresh, oily, corny and crunchy. And the salsa, is pretty damn good too with an added spice for kick.

supergooeycheeseychimichanga

Brace yourselves for the supergooeycheesychimichanga. (All one word).

This baby came at the size of my arm and is an onslaught of massive chunks of pork chile verde, jack and cheddar cheese. This was all tucked neatly inside a deep fried flour tortilla parcel.

THEN covered with (yes… and there’s more) jalapeno cream cheese, which is just out of this freaking universe and a second helping of jack cheddar cheese.

There is also an additional side of rice for extra carbs and a side salad to psychologically make you feel better. At least, it seemed to for me.

This ‘thing’ was so massive, I hat to eat it in three sittings.

Once at dinner.

Again, while watching Revenge at 2am in the morning and for the freaking finale – brunch time. Boo yeah.

tacos

Chef Domingo Medina is committed to bringing you street style tacos from his local streets of Guadalajara, Mexico.

You can choose 3 out of the 5 options for 25 beans and you’re guaranteed that anything you choose is going to be a ripper. Everything is packed with fresh vibrant mexican flavours, you simply can’t go wrong. It was so fresh it kind of tasted… healthy.

margaritas

A delicious salty tequila haven to keep you going.

steak

The gringo philly steak came out nice and juicy served with a spicy cheese sauce, jack and cheddar cheese. Oh GOD! When will this food high ever end?

Again, it came with the delicious side of rice and salad. Who knew that rice and salad could taste this good?

Welcome to Dos Senoritas, for the one and only bonafide Mexican food in massive proportions.

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Dos Senoritas

02 9817 3737

265 Victoria Rd
Gladesville, NSW

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