There is this Malaysian/Singaporean food based eating outlet in Victoria Park (along Albany Hwy) with a catchy phrase Makan Makan. Their menu proudly houses a variety of local Malay hawker dishes, and even Mamak food such as Roti Canai, Sup Kambing, and of course, Teh Tarik, which they claimed to be something that they are famous for. Makan Makan is also open till late night, making it a favourite spot for Malaysians and Singaporeans away from home to pamper themselves with a little glimpse of what they have missed being away for so long.
But have you stopped and wonder why was it named Makan Makan at the first place?
There is a story behind that very question, but first, lets go on with some pictures of people who were there with me savouring some Malaysian food for the night. Khee Hwa, Jay and Me already has a 7 course dinner at one of the Chinese restaurants in Northbridge with other friends, so we only went to Makan Makan for light food and drinks.
THE RETURN OF CAMWHORE
I have noticed that I have not posted any camwhoring pictures in this blog lately. Ok, here is one, and I had just gone to the barber shop earlier in the afternoon. For the cheapest hairdo I could find in Perth, I think my hair turned out really well.
ROBIN AND JAY
I had the flash forced on for this shot, and my friend still could not take a shake-free picture !! Chiak lat..
AND MORE MEL
OMG !! Look who is a bigger camwhore !!! I lose out big time man !! Ahahahaa, thumbs up to Mel who was so sporting to camwhore for my camera. You gotta admit her facial expressions frozen on the snapshots were just simply priceless.
Too bad, he was sitting besides me and I could not get a nice angle shot for him. Cant trust my friend who took the picture of me earlier which turned out blurry even with flash !!
Ok this is the friend I mentioned earlier about not being able to take a steady shot even with flash forced on This is Khee Hwa, who also has a keen interest in photography. His Canon S5 is coming soon, I will be doing plenty of photoshooting with him when his camera arrives.
KHEE HWA AND MELISA
It was getting hot, so they took their outer layer of clothing off. Only that outer layer.
Alright, now back to the main question, why was the place named Makan Makan?
When we arrived and settled down at a table near the window, we were served almost immediately of course, and orders were taken. Everyone was eager for the food and drinks to come. However, things turned out quite unexpectedly, the food came first instead of the drinks.
MEE MAGGI GORENG
This Mee Maggi Goreng was NOTHING similar to any Mee Magi Goreng you can find in Malaysia, but I admit it did taste alright. Nevertheless, I did find the noodles to be a little too salty for my liking. I shall talk more on this soon.
This roti canai, for Perth Standard, is actually quite good, but of course, nothing beats the ones served back in Malaysia. A major disappointment, the curry gravy was not warm enough. Curry should ALWAYS be served HOT, no excuses ok.
Alright, so the food came, before the drinks. Since the food was still warm, we digged our way in and somewhere towards halfway finishing the whole plate of noodles, I was starting to get thirsty. And the drinks were not served yet. The noodles must have been fried with the accompanying seasoning powder which was already very salty by itself, and adding those extra dark soya sauce into the saltiness equation was not really helping my tastebuds. It might have not been that bad if the drinks were served. But no... I finished the whole plate... and still no drinks.
You may say that I could wait till the drinks came before I finished the noodles, but by then the noodles would have been unappetizingly COLD. Its winter now mind you.
Then one of us (not me of course) went to the front counter and asked where the hell did our drinks go. And soon after that, the missing drinks made their way to our table.
TEH TARIK AIS
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh something to wash down all he saltiness in my mouth. Though the Teh Tarik tasted nothing like Teh Tarik, it was a relief to gush down the cold drink. I always opted for tea when I consume oily food such as fried noodles. it just somehow managed to wash away the feeling of oiliness in the mouth and throat. I do not know if this makes sense, but yeah.
So, the answer to the question why the place is called Makan Makan is...
Because they serve you food first. And you MAKAN MAKAN first before your drinks come much, much much much much.... LATER.
You know, me and Jay were contemplating on opening a shop somewhere along the same street, and maybe we should name it..
That would be so cool, people who finished their food at Makan Makan but had not had their drinks yet could migrate to our shop, and I can guarantee to serve better quality drinks.
Not a bad idea at all eh?