Friday, 5 October 2018

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Seven years into Johor Kaki blog, I still find that hitting the road, pounding the streets combined with good luck work best for me in find dining. This morning, I was lucky to stumble upon Rosli Roti Canai at the hawker centre at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Block 59.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

Driving along Jalan Perkasa 1 in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, I noticed a small hawker centre which I had not visited before. Hawker centres are my favourite find dining grounds. 

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

I swung into the car park between Block 59 and the food centre. These three storey flats are the same vintage as those in Stulang Darat (JB) and Dakota Crescent in Singapore. When I was a child, I lived in similar 3 storey flats at Mattar Road in Singapore before moving to Toa Payoh in 1966. The Mattar Road flats had long been demolished (and, so too was the flat I lived in in Toa Payoh till my late teens). 

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

The tiny hawker centre is one of many small city council ran eateries dotted around Johor Bahru serving the immediate neighbourhood. These hawker centres are gathering points of neighbours - serving for decades quietly, without fanfare, almost invisibly to passers by the thousands who drive by daily along Jalan Perkasa 1.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Almost all the dozen of stalls here serve Chinese food, but walking around the hawker centre, I noticed that many people were having this roti canai (known as prata in Singapore).

So, I ordered my usual for roti canai (prata) - a kosong (plain) and a bawang (filled with onion). The two pieces of roti canai came with two curries for dipping. Everything here above altogether with table service for RM2.50.

这个 Rosli Roti Canai 印度煎饼, 外脆, 里面QQ的, 有弹性, 有咬劲, 又软. 好吃. 配上两种咖喱. 一个咸辣,一个甜. 这两片煎饼, 一片普通 (kosong) 一片加洋葱, 总共价钱2块半 (RM2.50). 超值又美味. 皇后59座前面的美食中心 (Jalan Perkasa 1). 只有在星期五,六,跟礼拜天有开. 早上7点半到10点.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Oh.. I like this kosong. It was not greasy. It was flaky, crisp outside, while the inside was tender with a slight chew to the bite. By itself, the roti tasted subtly doughy sweet.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

The bawang (roti filled with onion) was also well browned and crisp outside.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

There was very little bawang (onion) 😂 So, it was basically still a kosong but slightly less crisp due to moisture from onion. It was moist chewy inside. Overall taste was sweeter from the onions.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

The red sambal was mildly savoury spicy with prominent taste of anchovies inside. It tasted like a nasi lemak sambal. 

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

The dhal was sweet spicy.

I enjoyed both the sambal and the dhal with my roti.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Rosli Roti Canai has been here at the hawker centre for more than 30 years. Rosli sells only the traditional basic kosong (plain), bawang (onion) and telur (egg) roti canai. There is no murtabak, cheese, banana, strawberry, chocolate, Oreo etc etc. Wait..., now I remember, they actually have sardine prata 😄

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Encik Rosli kneads his own dough, flips it and lets it rest before frying on a flat iron griddle. 

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

Encik Rosli flips his dough big and thin. Big and thin roti have more folds and so the outside is crisp while the layers inside shielded from direct searing heat by air gaps remain moist and chewy.

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)

I am lucky to stumble upon Encik Rosli's stall today because he is open only on Fri, Sat and Sun from 7:30am to 10:30am. Just 3 hours a day. The rest of the week, he makes roti canai which he lightly fries and wholesales them off to other stalls. He also retails these lightly fried roti canai for takeaway customers at RM3.50 for six pieces. You just need to take home and brown it by frying or toasting before eating. 

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata)
Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

👉 If you are around Taman Ungkul Tun Aminah on Friday to Sunday morning, you may like to drop by this small dingy hawker centre for a nice roti canai. Enjoy an authentic foodie experience in a laid back hawker centre where people hang out to share stories (not a soul less eat-and-run once you are done place). Customers are friends with the hawkers, so it is actually an organic intimate community centre.

My list of roti canai stalls in Johor 👈 click

Rosli Roti Canai (Prata) @ Tmn Ungkul Tun Animah Block 59 Hawker Centre

Restaurant name: Rosli Roti Canai
Address: Beside Block 59, Jalan Perkasa 1, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai, Johor
GPS: 1°30'27.9"N 103°39'06.6"E 🌐 1.507737, 103.651836
Hours: 7:30am - 10:30am (Mon - Thurs closed)

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Date visited: 5 Oct 2018


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