For this article, Byloka loves it when people tell about how one certain food can take them away back to a certain story, it gives the food a priceless sentimental value. One of our Bylokans is going to be telling his story about his favorite Malaysian food that has is a mixture of 2 or more foods, infused into one and tells a special story behind the delicacy.
Adam El-Muhammady: If you’re a pure Malaysian, and I’m not saying like the “woohoo I’m a Malaysian” but eats Nasi Kandar with a spoon and fork, I’m talking about real legit Malaysians that eats fried noodles with their HANDS! Anyway, if you’re a Malaysian, then it’s a very common thing for you to have Roti Canai for breakfast right? Some people even have something called Roti Banjir, which is where the Roti Canai is glazed and fountained over Dhal Curry and tinge of Fish Curry. Before we get started I’m going to explain basically what is Roti Canai. Roti Canai is an Indian-influenced flatbread dish found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia. The dough is stretched and stretched until it becomes soft and is grilled over an intermediate fire until it becomes golden brown and crispy. sometimes some restaurants use the traditional charcoal stove for even burning, but nowadays people just use gas.
Basically Roti Canai is like a full package because you have the bread, the beans from the dhal and also the curry. But have you ever imagined that one day, an innovation might occur? Well, it did Ladies and Gentleman, I’m talking about The Mansion Tea Stall, home of the Roti Canai Banjir Special.
Yes, located in the Center of Kuala Lumpur, the Mansion Tea Stall has been around since the 90s and has been a part of families for more than a decade, because it is THEN BEST FOOD IN TOWN. My dad himself went there with his friends during their teenage years. It used to be popular for being in the strategic place which is Jalan Masjid India.Now, it’s popular for their ‘kecik besar’ tea which is silky smooth, sweet at the right amount and flavourful, but I want to talk about their Roti Canai Banjir Special. Now, what makes their Roti Banjir so different from the rest? the answer is simple, Quality and Innovation. I’ll start with the Roti Canai. Their cook makes sure that the Roti Canai is golden brown before he stops cooking it, and once he does he gives the Roti Canai a clap so that the Roti Canai is cracked open while it’s still hot, giving it an extra crispy texture for when it cools down slowly. The Dhal Curry is thick, bursting of flavor and is pored at the right amount alongside the also well-cooked Sambal. Next, what I mean by innovation is when you see something original, but improved. What the Mansion Tea Stalls does it they add two half-boiled eggs to their Roti Banjir, making it a full meal for when you finish eating. Mixing all the gravy and eggs with the Roti, you get you full daily dose of protein, Carbs and also fiber. What more can you ask for?
What makes this place more special is because of their warm welcome, where even though in a very full place, they never ever forget a customer or neglect anyone. My family and I have been going to The Mansion Tea Stall for as long as I can remember, and it’s safe to say that I will also introduce my friends and future family to this place for as long as they stand in Kuala Lumpur. This truly is a local story that many people and have come to love and I hope that The Mansion Tea Stall will become more recognized.