Is a term commonly used in Malaysia and Singapore referring to a person of Southern Indian-Muslim background. It is thought that the term originated from the word 'mama' which is frequently used by Tamil-Muslims meaning 'uncle'. Some Indian-Muslims in Malaysia find this term offensive or racist.
I didn't know he was a mamak. No wonder he didn't have any Hindu icons at his restaurant.
by kawaputra October 03, 2006
A street side restaurant found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, open 24 hours a day.
Lets have supper at the Mamak
by nick October 23, 2003