LRT No. 30/50 articles – Best Roti Canai: Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw
NOTE: This is my year long collaboration with Malay Mail and I am charged to explore gastronomic around (within 600 m walk) fifty selected (Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (RapidKL) train stations (LRT & MRT).
** Written work (pre-edit by editor) and images are mine.
Published article: Published 27th NOVEMBER 2017
1. In Malay Mail e-Paper:
2. On theMalayMailOnline.com:
ORIGINAL submitted article: My long winded one!
The humble roti canai has sustained many hungry Malaysians of all ages for as long as one can remember. Eaten for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, supper or just about anytime when one is peckish, we can be assured of a cheap, satisfying meal with a hearty, fluffy and crispy roti canai.
And being the creative and adventurous folks that we are, this beloved flatbread had evolved from the basic of plain flour, ghee, salt and water to some tasty (sometimes bizarre) variants.
From adding eggs and meat to Milo and ice creams, we have progressed to multicoloured roti canai (roti rainbow), roti fried with vegetables and meat (roti canai goreng) and wrapping instant noodles in them (Roti Maggi).
But one popular variation that never gets old is Roti Banjir.
As its name implies, Roti Banjir is roti canai that is immersed in a “soup” of curry plus dhal.
1. Mansion Tea Stall
For Mansion Tea Stall, they took it a bit further. Their specialty is a hot mess of roti banjir plus two soft-boiled eggs and a dollop of sambal. Devour this by breaking the eggs and stirring it in with the shredded roti and medley of curries. This combination is heavenly especially if you love eggs. It gets better with hot roti so be sure to insist on the ones fresh off the grill, not the cold ones stacked at the side.
2. Restoran Ratha Raub
Restoran Ratha Raub has a good reputation for excellent curry chicken and curry fish head. Slightly under the radar are their excellent nasi lemak and rotis, of which I’m about to bring to your attention.
I must say that the roti canai here is one of the most aromatic ones that I’ve had and with the prerequisite crispy surface, it was a winner on its own.
But the accompanying fish curry was what that raised the bar. Flavourful, slightly sour and extremely appetising, I savoured every piece of roti dipped in that amazing curry, so much so that the dhall was forgotten.
3 .Roti Canai Kambing, Fadzil Sulaiman
On Jalan Chan Sow Lin, in a dilapidated shack on the side of the road, Fadzil Sulaiman’s team is busy tossing roti canai, frying eggs and dishing out plates of savoury mutton curries to hungry customers from 6 am in the morning.
While some may opt for the fish, their mutton remained their bestseller and for a good reason – it is chunky, cheap and tender. Each disc of fluffy roti was puffed out like a pillow with a sure but sharp clap with palms of the hands as soon as it gets off the griddle. It was so well cooked that there were very little chewy, undercooked dough under the surface. And the amazing part? Each roti is RM1.00.
I had thought this RM1.00 roti was an amazingly discovery; until my search lead me to Warung Pak Hassan.
4. Warung Pak Hassan – Jalan Raja Abdullah
This no-sign, run-down space on the side of one of the busiest roads of KL offer free, unlimited chicken feet curry with any food order. Yes, scoop as many chicken feet into as many bowls of curry as you wish, whether you are enjoying their fluffy roti or delicious nasi lemak, there is no restriction on the curry if you are a patron.
While their roti is decent, the standout is the curry. Though thin, it possessed a slight gelatinous consistency and wonderful flavour from the essence of hundreds of chicken feet!
5. Jaipur TTDI & 6. Ismail Restaurant TTDI
Jaipur in TTDI is better known for banana leaf rice but its regulars swears by their roti canai for breakfast. A close contender is Ismail Restaurant.
While Jaipur edges out with its thick & hot dhal plus kari sardine (with specials like kari ikan masin and kari ketam on weekends), Ismail’s curries were hard to beat – rich with wonderful depth of flavour. You can opt for mutton, chicken, beef or a mix of their various curries.
The roti is great too, crispy all round and soft inside.
BELOW: Jaipur TTDI with Crab Curry
BELOW: Ismail Restaurant with their special dhall.
1. Restoran Ratha Raub
Walk: Take MRT Feeder Bus T813 and alight at Jejantas LDP SS21 (Utara)
Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
Add: No 32 Jalan SS21/35
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
2. Restoran Ismail/Restaurant Jaipur Curry House
Walk: 200 metres
Add: Jalan Wan Kadir 1 (Jaipur – 32, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1)
Kuala Lumpur, 60000.
3. Mansion Tea Stall
LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek
Walk: 500 metres
Hours: Daily: 24 hours.
Add: No. 2, Ground Floor, Selangor Mansion, Jalan Masjid India, 50100, Kuala Lumpur.
Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melayu/Jalan Masjid India exit.
Turn right and walk along Jalan Melayu.
You will pass the Bazaar Melayu Masjid India on your right and then Jai Hind on your left.
Keep left and go straight on, passing Bank Muamalat, Amanah Raya and an abandoned building.
Directly in front of you is a bridge. Cross the bridge and you will come down facing Mansion Tea Stall.
4. Roti Canai Kambing
LRT/MRT: Chan Sow Lin
Walk: 600 metres
Hours: 6 am – 4pm
Add: Roadside stall @ Jln Dua Off Jln Chan Sow Lin
55200 Kuala Lumpur.
5. Warung Pak Hassan
LRT/MRT: Dang Wangi
Walk: 300 metres
Hours: 7 am – 1pm; closes on Mondays
Add: 31, Jalan Raja Abdullah, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Last but not least….
My original article is usually longer/ ‘more complete’ since I wrote on and on without restriction.
Understandably, due to space constraints, the original was edited prior to publication. Thus I’ve shared my original article as above.
You may also find that my articles for this Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw series rather diplomatic/non- opinionated, but it is meant to be so as per the brief given.
Anyhow, if you think I’ve missed out on some eateries worth highlighting near any MRT/LRT stations, please let me know! I’ll be sure to go check it out.
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