back to Mamak and I spent some time watching the cook making roti. Roti translates roughly as bread but these are more like a pastry. He would start with a ball of dough about the size of a large onion, it would be stretched onto the workbench
then he would spin it much like a pizza and it would grow
until it was paper thin and about twice the size of a large pizza
then it would be folded and popped on the grill, where all the trapped air would puff it up into a spectacular golden disc.
Some had onions folded in, some had egg, or banana, or a spicy meat mixture.
It was so cool to watch an artisan practice his craft.
We were seated and then the long discussion over choices began. We finally settled on a small selection of
- chicken satay
- rojak, salad of cucumber, boiled egg, tofu, coconut fritters and peanut sauce
- roti canai with curry sauces
- fried chicken (ayam goreng)
- spiced chicken (ayam berempah)
- nasi lemak, coconut rice with fried, dried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and boiled egg
- stir-fried water spinach
- iced coffee malaysian style (kopi ais) and iced lime (limau ais)
I was so excited when the food arrived that I forgot to take any photos but happy faces should tell the story......