Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Breakfast at Roti Canai (Prata) Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Several of my friends are life long, firm supporters of Bukit Chagar roti canai (prata) which had been in business for over twenty four years.

Once you tried Bukit Chagar roti canai, it is easy to understand why it is so popular all these long years.

Bukit Chagar roti canai is thick, crispy outside, softer inside, and not-too-oily.

Bukit Chagar roti canai goes very well with their dhal which is mild and not too spicy. For those who like it hot, you can add a dab of sambal chili for that extra oomph... which is the way I like it.

Making roti canai is a common sight in Malaysia and Singapore. I have been watching roti canai men at work since my childhood, yet I am still fascinated by the twirling and flipping.

Let's see what makes Bukit Chagar roti canai so special.

To start with, the dough is individually handmade right there at the stall, not mass produced in a central kitchen somewhere else.

The dough is flipped and stretched to a thin film, one by one.

Flipping and twirling the dough traps air and they look like those cute balloon sculptures at children's parties or like large blown up bubble gum.
The fancy "balloons" are left to sit for a few minutes on the slab.
After a few minutes, the air leaks out of the "balloons". The deflated "balloons" are then flattened again and laid on the sizzling hot plate to fry until crisp and golden brown outside.

When done, the chef crush the stack of roti canai with a couple of sharp claps of the hot bread between his hands.
Bukit Chagar roti prata, local, humble, cosy, relaxed, convivial, unpretentious, inexpensive, delicious - so many reasons that make breakfast at Bukit Chagar roti canai very, very hard to beat.

Restaurant name: Roti Canai Bukit Chagar
Address: Junction of Jalan Bukit Chagar and Jalan Ungku Aziz (next to Pine View Apartments and PDRM Apartments)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/grZRK
Hours: 6:00am to 11:00am (breakfast only, roti canai often sold out by 10:00am)

Date visited: 3 Sep 2012


  1. Mmmm, I love Roti Prata! Your photos are great, and I'm very glad you showed the process of making the roti.

  2. Replies
    1. It is but need to be early as the roti canai usually sold out before 10:00am.

  3. nothing special lah. moreoever the place is quite dirty. plates are oily as if they were never washed. this kind of roti canai you can get in any mamak stalls lah.

  4. Their roti canai is nice.. but their dhal needs lots of improvements.. it's just too watery/diluted most of the time. .

  5. Yes, the roti is crispy but at the same time, it is much too oily.
    Also, u cannot have good prata without good curry and theirs leaves much to be desired. It is just too bland and watery.

  6. May I know does the stall close on Ramadan ?


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