Photographs: David Straight
Mama Rich is essentially a carbon copy of Selera in Newmarket. No surprises really, considering they’re owned by the same people. There are basic plastic chairs and small wooden topped tables housing chopsticks in tin cans. They’ve tried to spruce the place up a bit by gluing bamboo to the wall outside – it’s so gloriously unassuming.
The menu has all of the usual suspects, but also some more interesting bits and pieces. We’ve eaten the nasi lemak beef rendang ($15.50), which is unequivocally great – just as good as the one across town, falling apart with a delicious anchovy, sambal combo that could convert even the biggest anchovy hater. The salt and pepper squid ($20) often so underwhelming was crispy and spicy, but best of all cooked really well. As were the ribs ($15) – you’ll either love or loathe their marmite marinade, sweet and savoury with the texture of molasses. Though the char kuey teow ($14), sadly, is bland and best avoided.
Ignore the World Health Organisation’s advice and order the lobak roll ($8 for 2 pieces), a lightly spiced Malaysian pork sausage, caramelised on the outside and tender in the middle, excellent with a side of very hot chilli sauce. Mas with chicken is great too, it’s a sweetly spiced dry curry/ stir-fry hybrid and simply very tasty. Fingers crossed you won’t mind sitting in the corner of a pretty shady car park. KR
HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 8 30pm. Saturday & Sunday 11am to 8.30pm. Closed Wednesday.
ADDRESS 205 Great South Road, Greenlane
IMPORTANT DETAILS No table service – order and pay at the counter