Mamijekz is a collective of Indonesian food vendors that can all be ordered in the one place online and then delivered to your home! The offerings change weekly and range from comforting Indo classics like Nasi Padang or satay to Lidah Cabe ijo, a wonderful ox tongue with green chillies. And there's a great story behind it too!
Mamijekz's co-owner Lea Sugiarto explains how Mamijekz came about in early 2021, "The background of Mamijekz is mums supporting mums. It all started when the pandemic began and our friends got their hours cut by their employer and they still need to pay the bills. So they started making foods and we're just doin the marketing, aka distributing it to the customers. The name Mamijekz comes from Indonesian words combined together. Mami = mommy and jek is from ojek (in Indonesia there's a lot of ojek, they're like a taxis but motorbike style). So the way we work similar to Ubereats but we do pre-order and gather all the order first from few vendors and then deliver it on chosen days." Some vendors make just one item which they sell through Mamijekz, others make a range.
Mamijekz post their menus up on Sunday and close orders by Thursday which allows their vendors time to prep and cook the food. While they deliver on weekdays Saturdays are their biggest days when they can have up to 15 vendors available. They rotate vendors based on customer feedback and the vendor's needs and it's designed to work around the mum's schedules too. "They can cook while juggling with kiddos at home," says Lea.
On the week that I ordered there were 3 pages worth of selections with pictures to help you decide. I went back and forth googling each dish because I hadn't heard of some of them before. Mamijekz's primary customer base is Indonesian although it is growing outside of this and I love that there are so many new dishes to me. I finally decide based on a mix of familiar comfort food and dishes that sounded delicious and intriguing. I decided to get it delivered because delivery was just $2 although pick up is also possible from a location in Mascot. Monica also decided to order some Mamijekz that day so she and Marco and Mr NQN and I sat down for a facetime dinner. It was the closest we could get to eating out together.
Mustofa Spicy $10.00
We start with drinks and some snacks. The Mustofa is shredded, fried potatoes with a sticky, salty and spicy caramel flavoured with garlic, onion and chilli (there's also a non spicy version available). It's also highly addictive and once you start you can't stop. This disappeared in a flash and I definitely recommend getting these if you like caramel popcorn and potato chips.
Lidah Cabe Ijo$18.00
The Lidah Cabe ijo is from a vendor Maem and it's one of my favourite items. It's tender, soft beef tongue with green chillies in a punchy, perfectly balanced rich sambal. It's perfect with steamed rice.
Ayam Woku $17.00
Ayam Woku is a lightly spicy chicken stir fry also from Maem. This one is made with chicken drumettes with a "woku" spice paste with a chicken broth type of sauce. It's a dish that comes from the Manado people of North Sulawesi in Indonesia. The spice paste is usually made up of kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and turmeric which gives it that signature yellow colour.
*Nasi Padang $10.00
The Nasi Padang is incredible value and one of my favourite items. Lea also mentioned that, "Nasi padang Linda Lim that's always get sold out very quickly." I can see why because not only is it a generous serve but it's also delicious with a steamed rice base and a choice of beef or pork. I chose beef with cubes of tender beef rendang. The curry sauce comes in a separate bag so that the rice doesn't get soggy and there's also a curried chicken drumstick, curried boiled egg, sambal, eggplant and stewed vegetables.
Gudeg Krecek $12.50
Gudug krecek is a dish made with beef skin and (krecek means beef skin) and this has soft skin that melts in the mouth as well as soft cooked beef and black beans. It's quite a sweet dish which makes Mr NQN quite a fan of it.
Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur $12.50
The Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur is one of those classic home style dishes that I really enjoy. It's chicken and mushrooms with steamed rice. It comes with some chilli sauce and some chicken broth in a bag and it's really such a comforting dish.
Bakpao 5 for $15.00
The bakpao are also very popular and I can see why. There are 3-4 varieties from savoury pork and beef and sweet black bean. When you split them open it looks like there might be not quite enough filling but it's very tasty and if you add a little chilli oil then it's a delicious snack or lunch.
Sagu Keju $12.00
Onto the sweets! The sagu keju are little cheese and sago cookies shaped like flowers. They're very short and crumbly in texture and have almost a salted egg sort of flavour thanks to the grated cheese on top. There are also a lot of cookies in this box.
Es Teler Cake box $18.00
The Es Teler cake by Le Cheri Desserts is based on the ice dessert with pandan, coconut milk and jackfruit cubes. Lina Leeson from Le Cheri has a background in retail management. "Being a full time mother of 3, it’s hard to juggle with work so I decided to pursue my hobby to bake," says Lina. "I bake whenever I can and spend most days and hours to bake whilst looking after my monsters haha. But I spend my nights (lots of sleepless nights) to accommodate everyone," says Lina. The base is a light, fluffy pandan cake topped with grated coconut, whipped cream and jackfruit cubes. It comes in a tray so it's easy to transport and portion and is deliciously light cake that straddles the line between Western style cakes and Asian desserts. It's quite a big serve and would feed 4-6 for dessert for a perfectly sweet ending.
So tell me Dear Reader, have you tried these dishes before? Do you tend to go for home delivery or takeaway during lockdown? If you had to make one dish for sale, what would it be?
All of this food was independently paid for.