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In general, Malaysian cuisine cherry-picks its features from Chinese, Indian, and Malay cooking styles. Mamak's sprawling menu includes stewed curries, noodle dishes, and soups. Favorites include Nasi Lemak, a platter filled with hunks of sparerib, potatoes, coconut rice, anchovies, and a hard-boiled egg; and Rendang beef in a heavily spiced sauce the texture of chimichurri, but the color of dark chocolate. Curry laksa, coconut milk curry with either chicken or beef, is full of supple spaghetti-like noodles you'd find in Chinese lo mein.