Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Meet Vendy Awards Rookie Finalist Mamak

[Photographs: Clay Williams]

The Vendy Awards, New York's annual celebration of street food, are hitting Sunset Park in a few weeks. Until then we'll be taking a look at the finalists in their rookie category—new vendors who started cooking on the street just this year. Next up: Mamak.

Although Malaysian food is gaining a growing foothold in New York, Mamak, which launched back in April, is one of the first to bring rendang to the city's street food scene. The dish, a dry-braised curry with southeast Asian spices and plenty of coconut, is one of Malaysia's iconic dishes.

According to co-owner Jordan Cheah, "Not too many people have had Malaysian cuisine before, let alone even know where Malaysia [is] on the map.We always have to make reference to our neighbor countries such as Thailand and Singapore. So far, it has been very well received... We will continue to do what we do best, and we hope through the word of mouth, we can slowly creep our way to popularizing Malaysian cuisine and our culture!"

Beef rendang

Curious eaters can find Mamak daily in the Financial District, the Flatiron, and in Williamsburg. Daily locations are listed on their website and on Twitter.

Take a look at the slideshow to get an idea of what Mamak is all about, and stay tuned for more Vendy coverage next week. You can see all the finalists on the Vendy website.

About the author: Clay Williams is a blogger and photographer based in Brooklyn. His photos have appeared in Edible Brooklyn, Travel + Leisure and the recent street food cookbook, New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks.



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