I am here to teach you the basics of eating out at a ‘mamak’ stall, Malaysian style. Mamak (pronounced : mar-muck) is normally a 24 hour our version of fast food restaurant (the service is efficient but you must be warned of the cleanliness) and normally managed by Indians or Indian-Muslims. If you know your way around in a mamak stall then you are officially a Malaysian. A person could eat 5 meals a day at a mamak stall and the menu includes a listing of Malaysian dishes or fusion Indian food.
Vegetarians please do not opt for mamak stalls. You have been warned.
You may find a lot of mamak variety in Penang. They even wears uniform and different restaurant has different speciality.
On the menu you will find a lot of confusing words but manageable.
1) Your job is to sit and look at the menu on the wall. The waiter will be there shortly.
2) If you see the letter O it means without milk
3) When called ‘boss‘, the waiter means You. In turn, when calling them you may address the same thing.
4) Don’t worry about the gravy, it comes with 3 varieties: dhal curry, fish curry and a sweet-hot paste of anchovies with chillies.
5) They speak moderate English but probably best indicated with hands.
I had to really run to get this because the sun was not really going to wait and poses along the horizon. I could have gone faster.
First floor, from the looking glass
The South Integrated Terminal (TBS) was built to reduce traffic in the city centre so anyone planning for southward journey in Peninsular of Malaysia will probably come here. I came here every dusk to check the skyline and hope that one day I might get lucky.
I would always remember those days when I tried so hard to fit in but everything seemed to fall apart anyway