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Mamak Asian Street Food — the Restaurant Design Does Not Speak for its Food

by Debbie Centeno about a month ago in restaurants

Don't miss out on it!

Mamak Asian Street Food — photo by the author

Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone

When away from home and hunger strikes, it is time to stop at a nearby restaurant to fulfill our basic needs. Often, we tend to eat at well-known brand name restaurants but when the waiting time is more than what we’re willing to wait, we opt for someplace different. This was the case with Mamak Asian Street Food.

According to their website, there are two locations in Orlando. We visited the one on 3402 Technological Ave in Orlando, Florida. Mamak Asian Street Food was founded by the Lo Family — Mama Jenny and Papa Ken — in 2014. Its concept is based on Malaysian-influenced street food. Looking at the outside structure did not entice us to enter the premises. However, it was not full compared to the other eating venues nearby. It was a bold move since a nearly empty location does not speak well about the place.

The Environment Said Nothing But the Experience Was Worth It

The decor is unbelievably simple, a yellow, black, and gray canvas combined with wood elements that say nothing about the food. It's plain and blah. Just a sleek, clean, and very well maintained environment. As soon as you enter, there is an ordering station. No overhead menu is available or food images to entice you, but printed menus are available for you to look at and choose right then and there. After placing and paying for your order, you are given a tabletop number for the table you choose. It wasn’t long before our orders were brought to the table randomly and not together.

A Varied Menu

The menu consisted of tapas, grill options, wok options, specials, salads, noodle soups, and rice dishes. It is a bit complicated but each dish has an explanation of what it comprises. Our four-person party ordered Roti Canai, Coconut Shrimp, Satay Skewers, Malaysian Coconut Kari, and Mamak Nasi Goreng. Many of the items ordered were unfamiliar to us but we were willing to taste them.

Tapas - photo by the author

The Roti Canai and Coconut Shrimp were from the tapas menu. The Roti Canai is a toasted flatbread served with a coconut Kari sauce. It was simple but delicious. The Coconut Shrimp – well it’s Coconut Shrimp which goes without saying and it was very tasty as well. From the charcoal grill menu, I had the Satay Skewers. We went with the chicken option, which was deliciously flavored and served with a sweet and spicy sauce topped with peanuts (stay away from this you peanut-allergic people). Unfortunately, you’re missing out on a delicious plate. While the Malaysian Coconut Kari and Mamak Nasi Goreng were from the Rice Dishes menu. The Malaysian Coconut Kari had chicken cooked with ground Kari in a spicy coconut gravy and served with a side of rice. The Mamak Nasi Goreng was a bowl of traditional fried rice with a lot of yummy stuff like shrimp, chicken, eggs, onions, shallots, and scallions. According to myself and our party of four, every dish we ordered was outstanding.

Rice dishes - photo by the author

Is it Affordable?

Their prices are competitive. You can get a tapa anywhere from $3 up to $10 depending on what you choose. The rest of the menu is well-priced with the highest-priced item to be a specialty which went for $14 – not bad.

My Thoughts

I loved it! We all enjoyed our meals and highly recommend Mamak Asian Street Food. Unfortunately, both restaurants are almost an hour away (hey Mama Jenny and Papa Ken, how about opening a restaurant in Clermont, Florida?) But we will definitely eat here again. In fact, I’m getting ready to head out in a few minutes to take my family to this newfound Asian restaurant. Have you eaten at Mamak Asian Street Food? If so, what was your experience like?


Debbie Centeno

Debbie is an active spiritualist and medium. Yoga and meditation are part of her daily routines. She loves to travel and enjoys writing. Her blogs are Debbie’s Reflection (www.debbiesreflection.com) and Traveler Wows (www.travelerwows.com).

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