Usually it's just me.
After a dinner out with friends, as we file out the door, I'll casually say "soooooo... does anyone feel like dessert?"
I'm already thinking of options and looking forward to sweet closure when someone, the self-nominated Voice Of Reason will say "Omigod, you're joking aren't you? I'm sooooooo full. I totally couldn't eat another thing."
To which I will smile and laugh, "Oh of course I was joking! I mean, dessert! After eating all that! As if!"
*cue sinking heart*
The problem with hanging out with food bloggers is there is no Voice. Of. Reason.
"Dessert?" someone will ask.
"Yes! Yes!" comes a reply.
"Second dinner?" another will pipe up.
"Okay!" chimes the response.
"Let's go!" seals the deal.
Teh tarik $3.50
Classic Malaysian sweetened tea, "stretched" for a frothy topping
Which is how Billy, Suze and I end up at Mamak, immediately after our Merivale Winter Feast at Teppanyaki.
Milo tarik $3.50
Malaysia's hot chocolate
We make it into the doors with about five minutes to spare before the 9.30pm closing time. Cold hands are cupped around hot mugs of tarik - Billy has the standard tea teh tarik whilst I have the Milo tarik, heavily influenced by novelty. It's not as intensely malty as I usually make mine at home, and it tastes as though it's made with half milk, half water (just as my Mum used to do) but it's a welcoming warming drink.
Nasi lemak $7.50
with sambal calamari $4.00
Billy is definitely ready for a second dinner, ordering a serve of nasi lemak with sambal calamari. The calamari is a misnomer, as it's actually cuttlefish that is served, a completely different texture and flavour, with a more jelly-like bounce.
An orb of coconut rice is surrounded by little piles of roasted peanuts, cucumber chunks, ikan bilis small fried anchovies, a pat of spicy sambal sauce and half a boiled egg. Billy attacks with gusto.
Roti tisu $9.00
Paper-thin, extra crispy and served tall
Suze and I move straight onto dessert. We both have a bit of an obsession with roti tisu...
...which is why we order a roti tisu for each person, because really, why would you want to share?
Having now seen the light, I must implore you all to say no to ice cream and demand a side of condensed milk. Revel in the joy of drizzling that sweet and sticky milk syrup all over the top of your roti tisu mountain. It will ooze its way down the hillside. And don't waste a drop.
Rest your little tub of condensed milk upside down on your mountain peak. Use your fork to bash in the sides. Eat chunks with your fingers. Lick your plate if you please.
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15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 1668
Open 7 days (no reservations)
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Supper: till 2am on Friday and Saturday
BYO $2 per person
10% surcharge on public holidays
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