|Inside Old Town Kopitiam Mamak, QV Square, Melbourne CBD|
My experience isn’t framed by what the food ‘should’ be, since I have no real reference point for it (well, not until tomorrow) – which, in a way, heightens my enjoyment. New food experience versus old, familiar comfort food – explains a lot about differing opinions on the very same meal.
|Front of Old Town Kopitiam Mamak, QV Square|
A glance at the kitchen showed a huge stainless steel space and well as a bain marie out the front holding a range of options for the nasi kandar part of the menu. The menu lists everything I’ve come to expect from mamak food, plus a few new ones I haven't seen yet.
|Drinks section shelf|
|Old Town teh tarik|
|Old Town teh C special|
This roti canai doesn’t quite hit the Mamak benchmark but is a worthy contender. More chewy than crisp, it was served with a curry sauce and a fiery blob of sambal.
|Roti telur bawang|
The minced fish was spicy and packed with lemongrass, but the texture was soft and grainy, and didn’t hold together well. I can’t wait to see how otak otak is really meant to be.
|Char kueh kak - fried carrot cake|
Slightly glutinous and rather bland when steamed, the ‘carrot’ cake comes to life in the wok with tonnes of seasoning, tossed with the addition of bean sprouts and shallots.
|The brunch/lunch crowd|