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A mamak stall, is a food establishment which serves mamak food. In Malaysia, the term mamak refers to Tamil Muslims, who generally own and operate them. Although traditionally operated from roadside stalls, some modern mamak stall operators have expanded their businesses into restaurant or cafe-type establishments with air-conditioning units. Mamak stalls tend to be popular among Malaysian youths as hang out spots, due to cheap food and beverages, being served 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
People of all races, religions and ages frequent mamak stalls to gossip or catch a late-night football game while enjoying a cup of hot teh tarik. No other eatery has quite as much cultural significance in Malaysia.
Mamak stall usually offers different varieties of roti canai to eat and teh tarik or Milo to drink. Most mamak stalls also serve several varieties of rice, such as nasi lemak and nasi goreng (fried rice), as well as noodle dishes such as mee goreng (fried noodles).
A typical Mamak stall will offer the following dishes, though this differs from stall to stall:
• Roti Canai
• Roti Telur
• Teh Tarik (literally ‘Pulled Tea’)
• Half-Boiled Eggs
• Goat Milk
• Nasi Lemak
• Nasi Goreng
• Maggi Goreng
• Mee Goreng
• Roti Tissue
• Roti Bom
• Roti Naan & Tandoori Chicken