Restoran Md. Salleh, now located in this unpretentious looking shop in Taman Pelangi, has been around for over 20 years. It sells nasi campur and mee goreng but is best known for its roti prata (also known as roti canai). To the many fans of Md. Salleh's, this is the best roti prata / roti canai in Johor Bahru.
It is Md. Salleh's famous roti prata that packs in the crowd at its daily golden hour which is breakfast time.
Md. Salleh's prata is not oily. You will not see an oil sheen on the surface of the prata or even oil traces on your plate after you finish. Yet, the prata is tender, moist and crispy
When you bite into Md. Salleh's prata it has a subtle crispiness, not a biscuit crisp. You can hear very fine cracking sounds in your ear bones. It sounds like the gentle folding of over starched clothes rather than the crushing of dry biscuits. (Those who were in the army in the days of starched uniform, know what I mean?) I am not sure how best to describe it but it is delightful to chew and hear.
Inside the prata, it is just the right balance of firmness and softness. Its texture is fluffy but not biscuit-like flaky. There is also hardly any trace of oil inside here.
Each dough is individually hand made at the shop, right there at the front. After vigorous tossing, flipping and stretching, it is folded up and set aside to let it breathe.
When an order is made, the folded dough is flatten out, add ingredients like eggs and chopped unions, and then pan fried. I like my roti prata kosong i.e. plain with nothing added.
The fresh, crispy prata is crushed by clapping it sharply between the palms before serving with a small dish of dahl.
The dahl made with chickpeas is thick and not too spicy. I would prefer my dahl to be hotter and have more kick.
Shop opens at 7:00am till 3:00pm. But the best time is to join the breakfast crowd and get the fresh roti prata straight off the frying pan.
Definitely one of my favourite pratas.
Restaurant name: Restoran Md. Salleh
Address: Jalan Pingai (Opposite Pelangi Leisure Mall)
Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm (closed on alternate Weds or Thurs)
Date visited: 1 Mar 2012, 29 Mar 2012