Roti King – hot, fresh and flaky!

January 19, 2015
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If Roti King were a man, he would be Takeshi Kaneshiro in the next installment of Magic Mike

Roti Canai aka roti paratha arrived in Malaysia and Singapore via India and is a light flaky flat “bread” (roti translates as bread although this is more a multi layered pancake), which is flipped/ folder/ layered and then fried in ghee, which is either crazy unhealthy or crazy delicious depending on your personal preference, or both! if you have an iron stomach like me…

Roti King is the only place in London to get these freshly made. With the possible exception of Malaysia Hall (which has closed according to Yelp). The decor itself is typical asian canteen style, but I like this. I don’t trust the shiny “new” places, all hipster beards and no sweat or tastebuds. If they’re spending too much money/ time/ effort on the interiors, that could all be better invested in the food… (or they’re trying to detract from the fact that the whole place is based on an overly drunken gap year “experience”). That’s why I can count on 1 hand (3 fingers, including Roti King…) the number of Malaysian restaurants I actually rate, where I could take family. Family that I like a lot.

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Savoury rotis are about £5 (more than one per person would be required for a main course). Roti Canai with chicken curry (also available lamb or fish) was delicious, the curry was quite mild, with large chunks of chicken breast. Murtabak (which is roti stuffed or folded around a mildly spiced minced meat), with lamb, came with dahl. For both these dishes, the heat and spiced of the curries were balanced perfectly with the rotis, which themselves were just amazing (I’ve waited so long for you… my beauties…).

The laksa was tasty but the flavour was not quite right, the soup was a little too sweet. Perhaps more lemon grass needed? It was perhaps closer to Curry Mee than Singapore Laksa, but still delicious at £6.50 a bowl. Taste 1 – Menu OCD 0.

Sweet roti canai are £3. Banana roti is roti folded around a banana filling, fried and drizzled with condensed milk. This is the food the human body is biologically programmed to enjoy. Below, see the answer to the question, how much roti canai could be eaten in 30 seconds (the time it takes to “remember” to take a photo).

Banana Roti Canai

I NEED TO GO BACK NOW!!! {For detailed assessment of the noodle menu and rigorous roti experimentation, of course}

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