Cheap Eat of the Week: Restoran Malaysia’s roti
By Gizelle Lau
Malaysian roti (Image: Gizelle Lau)
There are few places in the city that are quite as satisfying as Restoran Malaysia, up in Richmond Hill. Serving Malaysian cuisine — a unique mix of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai flavours — Restoran Malaysia offers some of the most unique, delicious and great-value food in the city. For the skeptics, don’t think twice: it is most definitely worth the drive outside of the TTC’s limits.
The very first thing you need to order when you’re at Restoran Malaysia is a plate of homemade roti canai, also known as “roti prata.” Not unlike Indian roti or naan, this style of flatbread is usually found in Malaysian mamak stalls (“mamak” refers to the cuisine of Tamil and Indian Muslims in Malaysia).
Just one of many popular Malaysian street foods, the roti is made with ghee, egg, flour and water. Then, it’s kneaded, flattened, oiled and folded, then set to rest and proof. It’s cooked on a flat iron skillet until it’s crispy and flaky on the outside while delicate but springy on the inside.
At Restoran Malaysia, a dish of roti canai is served with two pieces of roti and a choice of Malay-style coconut curry sauce to dip the roti into, including regular curry ($7), curry chicken ($8.50), curry beef ($9), curry mutton ($10) or vegetarian dhall ($8).
Finish it all off with Malay “kopi tarik” (pulled coffee, $5.50), or another round of roti, this time with condensed milk ($3) to sweeten the deal.
Restoran Malaysia, 815 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Richmond Hill, 905-508-1432
Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.