Thursday, June 25, 2009

Roti-ness is next to Godliness

Yesterday I discovered a way to savor all the wonderful things I'm missing in American cuisine and today my gastro-thoughts are chanting American food, Schmerican food. I just returned from the Chow Kit Market where I ate my first—and subsequently second—roti canai [Malay translation: to knead bread]. Dipped in copious amounts of curry, locals eat this doughy goodness for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Me? I'm also adding hors d'oeuvre and dessert to the list of appropriate options. Heavenly!

[photos by Christ tell.]

In Houston, check out Banana Leaf to give roti canai and other sassy Malaysian dishes a try.

14 comments:

Frau said...

You are so adventurous! I'm such a picky eater thank god I can live on the bread and beer here and for dessert chocolate.

Courtney said...

It took me three months to give it a go! And I'm still working my way up to the dreaded durian. Perhaps I just feel sorry it has such a bad rap!

Stash said...

Love the plate in foto three.

Just read the text under "leave you comment". Now that's funny!

Meg said...

YUM. That looks so good. I'm craving it. In Sinagpore it's Roti Prata, but Canai and Prata are the same things...mmm. I want some now! It's the best after a long night of beer drinking too ;) Most of the hawkers are open late late night!!!

Expats Again said...

Courtney, had you tried ABC, or ice k'chang yet? Wonderful treat for hot weather. We too enjoyed Roti Canai and nothing compares anywhere else in the world. Glad to see you tried it!

Morning T said...

Looks yummy! I'm in Houston and will have to give the Banana Leaf a try. Thanks Courtney- I love your blog.

LindsB said...

omg, my boyfriend and I eat roti as many times as we can get our hands on it! It really is the best stuff on earth. Whats great is that his mom makes it for us when we go there, and we are headed to her house this weekend. I fully intend to come home 10lbs heavier from all the roti :)

Sarah said...

That looks amazing! When you get the recipe be sure to post it! I love to give it a whirl!

Ana said...

This is making me so hungry! I love roti!

sam said...

Roti is awesome... there's a place near us in harlem that's called roti roll and has all kinds of options wrapped up in roti! yummmmm!

{lovely little things} said...

I've never had Malaysian food before, but it looks delicious!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

This was one of the things Munted Kowhai recommended that I try, but I couldn't find it (locked away in the hotel)! Next time...

Christy said...

Wow that looks tasty!!

AJ@Kampong said...

Yay! Looks yummy. I would want to try this at home. Thank you for sharing your Roti Prata food experience. ;)