Fuad Roti Canai & Wak Nasi Lemak @ Medan Selera Stadium IpohMay 31, 2011 | 7,024 views
Nasi Lemak with Sambal Sotong (RM3.50/USD1.20) – From Wak Nasi Lemak, stall no 51 @ Medan Selera Stadium Ipoh
Medan Selera Stadium; that row of stalls beside Stadium Ipoh houses an impressive range of hawker fares; from the fan favourites of wanton mee stalls (one in the morning, and one at night) to freshly steamed rice rolls; aptly named Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun, and a bean sprouts chicken stall that proves to have a stellar following (Michelle Yeoh’s preference, supposedly) as well as the banana leaf rice stall(s) in the afternoon.
Fuad Roti Canai (Stall no 54) has been on my list of to-eat since I was still THE Motormouth in Ipoh. Now I am this immigrant in the lost city of skyscrapers and bumper-to-bumper vehicles.
But what I have missed in the previous reviews are the last row (from the roundabout, towards the public swimming pool’s direction) of gems featuring various Malay food stalls. Most glaring omission? Fuad Roti Canai (Stall No 54) and Wak Nasi Lemak (Stall No 51).
Happily tucking into the glaringly small portion of nasi lemak. Good enough for breakfast, but not substantial enough for a hearty lunch. The two pieces of toothsome squid were inviting, yet couldn’t help but wished they served a more generous portion. But at RM3.50, guess this is acceptable?
I have once tried the nasi lemak from Wak Nasi Lemak back when I was still in the civil service. Some Malay colleagues brought me here. Though I can’t say that I preferred this over Allongs’, this plate of coconut milk-cooked rice with crispy anchovies, a darn spicy sambal (chili paste), a piece of fried egg and your choice of meat (we picked sambal sotong, or chili squid) was actually just passable.
Nothing that stood out when compared to the other fragrant choices, but good enough to fill the void in the tummy. For RM3.50 per portion, I won’t mind having this for breakfast either.
Then this superstar arrived on the table, but not before a painful 15 minutes wait. Or was it 20?
But my main aim that morning was to try the popular Fuad Roti Canai. Since Ipoh’s been struck with the problem of serious dearth of good roti canai places (Goodshed‘s one of the better ones, in case you’re wondering where to get them), I had high hopes for Fuad’s version of the Malaysian favourite crispy Indian flatbread usually served with dhal curry and/or sambal.
Roti Telur (pic lower left) is essentially the Malaysian version of the English omelette, but with a twist. The egg omelette is wrapped inside the crispy dough made from egg, flour and not to forget; glorified ghee (a dieter’s nightmare, but very vital in creating a most fragrant piece de resistance)
Usually served in Indian-Muslim eateries (or ‘mamak’, in a most respectful way, of course), roti canai has become one of the staple breakfasts in this multi-cultural society this part of the world. I like mine crisp on the sides, but not without the aromatic, buttery and fluffy dough. Usually, I detest extra-crispy roti canai that crumbles but without substance in between.
Fuad Roti Canai – The maestro at work. They make their roti’s fresh on the spot, though this sums up to a longer waiting time.
Verdict? Far from being the best roti canai that I have tasted. Though this was not bad per se, but I was putting high hopes for an extraordinaire breakfast experience.Just don’t expect this to blow your mind off, and you’ll be fine.
At least, the flatbreads were cooked to order, and not placed on one side and merely reheated before serving. A plus. And the plate of dhal curry (a type of creamy, mashed lentil gravy) with a dollop of spicy sambal was a perfect accompaniment to the roti.
*For the other street food experiences at Medan Selera Stadium Ipoh; browse this list.
FUAD ROTI CANAI (Stall No 54) and WAK NASI LEMAK (Stall No 51) (both are HALAL)
Medan Selera Stadium Ipoh.
Both are opened for breakfast until lunch only.
Google Map to Stadium Ipoh