Asian Street Food
The Lo Family - Mama Jenny & Papa Ken - founded Mamak Asian Street Food in the fall of 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As first-generation Malaysian-American immigrants, Mama Jenny and Papa Ken moved to New York in the early 80s and made a living doing what they knew best, which was food.
Their first jobs in the US began at restaurants, and this first-hand industry experience combined with their determination and faith in family would eventually pave the way for the opening of four of their own restaurants - one in New York and three in Cincinnati - before relocating to Florida, where Mamak would be born.
In 2020, Jurel Serrana joined the business in hopes to help the Lo Family expand their business. Serrana is a seasoned veteran in restaurant expansion and quick-service dining with 18 years of experience in the industry.
The concept's namesake, pronounced "Mah-Mahk," comes from the term for a street vendor or food stall - mostly in Southeast Asia. These stalls are owned and operated by Chefs putting their own spin on traditional recipes. The Lo Family built Mamak upon this idea and brought their homegrown recipes to the table, many of which came straight from their own parents.
With influences from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, Mamak's menu is an homage to traditional Southeast Asian street food, and has become a one-stop-shop for street-style eats unique to each country.
We've watched the popularity of Asian street food grow over the years, and saw a great opportunity in Mamak. It's one of the very few places in Orlando to get Malaysian-influenced street food, and we hope expanding the concept will help enrich the local food scene even further.