Friday, July 07, 2006

Roti Canai

Roti canai or Roti Chennai (India) and is a dish found in Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan. New version of Roti includes: Roti Telur, Roti Bawang, Roti Bom, Roti Planta, Roti Pisang, Roti Sardin, etc.

Roti means bread in Urdu, Hindi, and Malay. The term 'canai' comes from 'channa', a mixture of boiled chickpeas in a spicy gravy from Northern India which it was traditionally served with. The term 'channa' is also used in Pakistan. In English, roti canai is sometimes referred to as "flying bread," a term that evokes the process of tossing and spinning by which it is made.

The dish is composed of dough containing copious amounts of fat, egg, flour and water. The form of fat used is usually clarified butter. The entire mixture is kneaded thoroughly, flattened, oiled and folded repeatedly. It is then allowed to proof and rise and the process is repeated. The final round of preparation consists of flattening the dough ball, coating it with oil and then cooking on a flat iron skillet with a lot of oil. The ideal roti is flat, fluffy on the inside but crispy and flaky on the outside.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Mee Goreng Mamak

This meal is kwown as 'Mee Goreng Mamak'. Some would say fried noodle. In Malaysia, u can tell if it's a 'Mee Goreng Mamak' or not by looking at the presentation of the noodles. Usually 'Mee Goreng Mamak' is drier compared to other style of fried noodles.

History of Mamak

Mamak is Tamil Muslims of Malaysian nationality where their forefathers migrated from mostly South India to the Malay Peninsula and various locations in Southeast Asia centuries ago. They are also known as 'India Muslim', however not all Indian peoples living in Malaysia are Mamak, only the followers of Islam are called so. Indian Muslims was believed to first arrive at Samudera, Indonesia back in the early 10th century, gradually they settled down at Malaysia.

House of Mamak

"Mamak, teh tarik satu!" That's da common phrase in mamak stalls.

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