Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Roti Canai

Went to the Malaysian/Singapore restaurant called Penang Garden at Milpitas Square for lunch today. They have this appetizer called Roti Canai that looks like a cross between a poori and a paratha. Its taste is not exactly unique by itself but the curry they serve along with it makes a huge difference. Real tasty and just the right amount of spice. Yummy!

13 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Don't know about Penang Garden but I have been to the ever crowded Banana leaf in McCarthy Ranch..their Malay/S'pore/Indian fusion food (roti canai, Nasi Goreng, etc) was very tasty!

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Cipher said...

Yea i have experience this in Malaysatay hut here in Redmonds..
http://cryptologist.blogspot.com/2005/07/experiences-with-diverse-cuisines.html

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger packer said...

Agree with you, we used to ask for curry for 3rd and 4th time.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijays, i've been to banana leaf once a long time ago. but the crowd has kept me away since then. but do have tasty memories of the food :)
and quite a coincidence but the roti canai, nasi goreng(veggie) was the exact combo i had for lunch today :)

cipher, i think i've read that article. will chk it out anyways.

packer, the curry makes even other dishes like the nasi goreng taste much better :)

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Balaji, from one ravenous veggie to another! :-)
If you don't mind driving a little farther from your place, I recommend Spice Islands Cafe (assuming you haven't been there already!) in Mountain View..The restaurant is tucked in a relatively quiet corner off Castro, just opp. the USPS office..The ambience is very nice, and it is not very crowded..not to mention the food( S'pore/Malay cuisine)is simply fantastic!

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger skanda said...

Roti Canai is a malaysian speciality...they have so many variety back here in malaysia like egg roti canai, onion roti canai etc...the people in Malaysia usually eat 1 0r 2 in the morning..it's damm so feeling that people would avoid lunch after eating roti canai...

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger My Turn said...

Try the Roti Prata at Straits Cafe (Santana Row or Palo Alto); They serve it with 2 curries upon request - a green one made with Jalapenos and a yellow one similar to Thai curries. Be warned though, the Santana Row restaurant is extremely crowded and quite noisy. In addition to Nasi Goreng and Roti Prata, you also get veggie samosas; They offer more vegetarian options and their non-veg noodles and rice can be made veg. as well.

 
At 11:32 PM, Anonymous ram said...

any middle-eastern food priyargall here??
i've recently indulged myself quite a bit in persian food...there's a restaurant in Irvine called "Caspian" which rocks, IMNSHO...! (in my not-so-humble opinion!)

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

As the Wiki entry says it is called Roti Prata in singapore. Prata is the truncated version of the word Parotta or Paratha. it is the most popular indian dish here. although it is not considered a breakfast dish in india, lot of people seem to have it for breakfast here.

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijays, no havent been to spice islands. is it new? i used to live in mt. view a few yrs ago and don't remember seeing this one.

skanda, those varieties sure sound tempting :)

me too, straits cafe... another addition to my list :)

ram, middle-eastern is probably my least favorite. tried persian and found it too bland. but is moroccan middle-eastern? loved that food though...

kaps, thanx for the trivia. the similarity in looks to paratha makes sense now :)

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Me too said...

Thanks for introducing to me a new cuisine. Haven't gone beyond Thai, Mexican. Though not sure if we have Malay/Singaporean restaurants here in the New England area.

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

Balaji..the restaurant u ve said is in Chennai as well...remember Nagesh theatre...this restaurant is near that....its becoming quite famous out here...maybe u cld try it out when u make ur next visit

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

me too, thai and mexican r my favs too. but the roti canai is really yummy.

prasanna, definitely one the restaurants we need to visit on my next trip.

 

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