Friday, May 1, 2009

Roti canai terbang - The Way of the Flying Roti

As blogged about previously, one of my great passions in life is Malaysia's iconic flat bread, roti canai. I appreciate it doubly since it is not easy to make at home, so I take any opportunity to get fresh roti made the proper way.

But the pleasure of roti is not solely in the eating. Just watching the mamak guy work the dough is an experience; it is flipped and slapped numerous times until it reaches the desired thinness. A dinner and show, all for about RM1, that's a good deal.

Of course, the theatricality of roti-making can be taken to even higher aesthetic heights, as the below videos illustrate. Terbang in Malay means to fly, and these artistes do some amazing things with it. The fact that the end product is delicious is a minor detail.

If you watched that first one and thought, "That's not that special," you are clearly a hard person to please. But check out the next few videos, which progressively up the ante.

And bear in mind that roti dough is paper thin, sticky to touch and tears all too easily. If you've ever tried to make it at home, you appreciate how hard these tricks are to do.

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