Are you a Mamak person? If yes, you probably are familiar with all the drinks that people order at Mamak. If you are not familiar with the Mamak culture as a newbie Mamak goer, this article is specially created for you! Here’s a list of popular mamak drinks that people order at Mamak in Malaysia.
The classic. Teh Tarik is a ‘pulled’ tea mixed with condensed milk. It tastes sweet and has a creamy texture that would make you ask for more. A nice hot cup of Teh Tarik is a staple order at Mamak.
The iced version of Teh Tarik, tea + condensed milk. The hot weather in Malaysia calls for this drink.
Teh Madras is similar to Teh Tarik as it uses the ‘pull’ technique to make the drink. However, Teh Madras is a mixture of tea, milk and sugar which is less sweet than Teh Tarik and brings out the scent of tea better. It is also special because it has more bubble foam on top.
People sayTeh Halia has its health benefits, but the Teh Halia at Mamak is mixed with condensed milk so you might have to watch out. A mixture of tea, ginger and condensed milk, Teh Halia is yummy to drink with the sweetness and taste of ginger compliments each other.
Teh O is a mixture of black tea and sugar. People who don’t want creamy drinks would order this.
A lime version of Lemon Tea. The O Limau is a mixture of black tea, sugar and lime.
If it’s a no tea day for you, this lime drink is a popular option at the Mamak. It is usually mixed with sugar so that it won’t be that sour to drink.
Neslo is a heavenly mixture of Nescafé, Milo and condensed milk. Not sure what is this? It’s a one-of-a-kind mocha but with a lighter texture.
The sweetness is unbeatable when milo meets condensed milk. We call it the Malaysian’s favourite drink. Malaysians order this everywhere, not just at a Mamak.
We all know that one super extra friend, that friend will be the one ordering this at Mamak! Just kidding, Milo dinosaur makes your drink at Mamak extra because the milo powder topping is usually tall and attention-seeking. Milo Dinasour is a mixture of milo, ice, condensed milk and milo powder topping.
The pink drink. Sirap Ais is made from rose syrup with sugar and ice, tasty and refreshing.
Another pink drink. Sirap Bandung is a mixture of rose syrup, sugar, ice, and evaporated milk or condensed milk. It is a sweet drink that’s familiar to every Malaysian’s tongue.
Yes, plain water. Say you want this and the abang at the Mamak will look at you differently. Joke aside, they will still serve you nice and clean plain water so no worries if you really just want to drink water.
All in all, no matter what drinks you order, always, ask for ‘kurang manis’ (less sugar) because the drinks at Mamak are super sweet. Speaking from experience, a ‘kurang manis’ drink will taste as sweet as always anyway but it is still good to try asking!
Happy Mamak session to all!
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