Photoessay: The Malaysian Mamak

You’ll find the mamak restaurant everywhere in Malaysia. Run mostly by Indians, either of the local or the sub continent variety, they perform a very important function by making sure there is always food to be had at any time of the day, any day of the week, everyday day of the year. 24/7 — day in day out the curries, the roti canais, the nasi lemaks, the fresh coconuts, teh tariks and dozens of other items on the menu that can, given time, give you a heart attack, diabetes or both.

And yet Malaysians flock to them, at all hours. Truly, we love our food. By extension, we must love our mamaks.

Click through the images for the larger version. All shots taken with a Olympus OM-D EM-5 with Panasonic 14mm f2.5 pancake.

Chinese man with Indian curry

A chinese man with indian curry. Globalization at it’s best.

Layers of Mamak

Looks closely and you’ll find a hidden easter egg in this photo. Hint: it has nothing to do with eggs.

Checking out

Keeping the figures straight. In a purely cash business, millions of ringgit per day flow through the mamaks across the nation. Easily, millions.