Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Roti Canai

Despite it being a famous food to us Malaysians, I've never really talked about it properly before.

Pronunciation guide: "ro" as in "row", "ti" as in "tea", "ca" as in "charcoal", "nai" as in "knife"

Roti canai, a.k.a. roti kosong, is a flatbread, and is usually very oily.

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"Roti" literally means bread, and that describes its taste pretty well. The best roti canai is the one that is crispy and crunchy outside, but soft and a little chewy on the inside - The only place I've found such heavenly roti kosong is at "Kedai Makanan Deen" opposite Pearl Point International hotel on the Old Klang Road.

The roti canai of Kedai Makanan Deen

Not-so-nice roti canai would be the ones that are chewy both inside and outside. You can find such chewy roti canai at "Kayu Nasi Kandar" about which I briefly mentioned here.

Roti canai is usually eaten with dahl, but personally, I prefer "kari ikan," or, "fish curry." Another curry you might be interested in trying is, "kari ayam", or, "chicken curry."

Anyway, roti canai is a basic Indian food that all should try at least once.

BTW- To order one roti canai and sound like a local, say, "Boss! Roti canai satu!"

Boss = boss (lol)
roti canai = roti canai
satu = one
or replace "satu" with: dua = two; tiga = three

10 comments:

Panther said...

Is this the same as roti prata lol. It looks exactly the same.

Mizunaga said...

@Panther, Yeap~ Roti prata would be the Singaporean name for it XD

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