23 November 2010

Kuala Lumpur Highlights - Roti Chanai

Every time I do go back to Kuala Lumpur, my brother always brings me to this Mamak store behind the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) building at Petaling Jaya, off Jalan Gasing at Jalan 5/35, towards the Methodist School.

I find this place serves one of the best Indian meals in town; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its the breakfast we go for, every time because it serves one of my favourite street food.

Roti Canai is a type of flatbread found in Malaysia and often sold in Mamak stalls. There is even a page dedicated to it in Wikipedia.

Roti Canai is commonly served for breakfast. But as far as I am concerned, one can be have it any time of the day. It is usually served with a simple dhal curry. It can be served with any kind of curries besides dhal and it has also been known to be served with raw sugar, for children who have yet to know the pleasures of curry.

Today, roti canai has many derivatives like roti telur, roti tisu, roti planta, etc. ...prepared to your liking. Dosa is another flat bread variant.

I find it more authentic when served with a banana leaf and best eaten with your hands, washing it all down with teh-tarik, a hot tea beverage made from black tea and condensed milk.

Did a quick Google of the word "Roti Canai" for the recipe and found that there are just as many ways to prepare it as there are to eat it. Well, the following are some of the links for the recipes:

Malaysianfood.net - Roti Canai
Asianonlinerecipes.com - Roti Canai Recipe
Rasamalaysia.com - Roti Paratha
Poh's Kitchen - Roti Chanai
Foodbuzz.com - Malaysian-curry-chicken-and-roti-canai

The following is a short video clip of how the roti canai is prepared.

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