Roti Canai, one of the best travelers breakfasts ever …
I like big filling breakfasts. The type of food that will keep me going throughout a long morning, or even into the afternoon. In South East Asia this has been a big problem for me as breakfasts are usually quite light.
And, the bread in South East Asia is … well, not the best in the traditional sense of what bread should be. However, if you like your breads, light, sweet, and full of air then you’ll be happy.
Roti Canai was my savior for breakfast in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and now again in Malaysia.
If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ll often see me ranting about roti’s in the morning.
Where does roti canai come from?
Roti means bread in Hindi, and is very popular in North India.
Chennai is a city in India where the term canai is believed to have come from. Chickpeas and a dhal (lentil curry) are very common here.
Hence, we have roti canai.
How is roti canai made?
The roti is a mix of flour, egg and lots of ghee. Ghee is a form of clarified butter, and not the healthiest of things, but so good as most of these things are.
The dough is kneaded, folded, beaten, stretched, and flattened several times over. Before being places on an oiled metal skillet. An impressive thing to watch.
The end result is a wonderful bread that’s very soft inside, and crispy on the outside.
Canai, is a mix of curry’s and lentil style dhals. Each one seems to vary depending on the restaurants mood on the day.
What does Roti canai taste like?
Wonderful. The bread is so fresh, it’s easily torn apart between a thumb and a finger on the same hand. Eaten alone it’s eggy, and slightly buttery. Dipped, as it should be, into one of the curries or dhals it soaks up the liquid which adds a fantastic array of flavors to the palate.
At between 1 and 2 ringgit it’s as cheap as it comes for a very filling breakfast in Malaysia. Ask your hotel reception where the nearest, and best roti canai place is. You won’t be disappointed!
This is an additional article featuring food from West Malaysia