The Famous Roti Canai Pandamaran in KlangJune 2, 2010 | 15,211 views
Darting across the jam-packed restaurant spanning a few lots, this ‘macha’ clearly threw all caution to the wind, oblivious to the snapping camera, daggering stares, and erm ….. matter of hygiene.
Since I was ranting on a strong contender for Ipoh’s best chapati in my previous post, kindly allow me to follow up with this restaurant tucked in the midst of a residential area in Pandamaran of Klang. I.V. Restaurant is the name of the restaurant, and there is no doubt as to what they’re famous for.
The words ‘Roti Canai Pandamaran‘ was emblazoned on the apple green signboard, proudly/patriotically flagged (literally) with our beloved Malaysia’s and the state of Selangor’s flags in an alternating manner.
Good thing was, the Teh Tarik (Frothy Pulled Milk Tea – A Malaysia’s favourite beverage) was never earth-shatteringly sweet nor reeking of condensed milk. Rather, all the beverages at I.V. Restaurant were of reasonable level of sweetness. Possibly thanks to the largely Chinese clienteles?
I first read about this comparatively-obscure Halal Indian restaurant from Criz Lai’s blog. I did not think much of it, but after a good many extravagant Klang Bak Kut Teh meal for breakfasts, one can’t help but to seek for a simpler, fuss-free (preferably meat-less) breakfast.
And was I grateful enough for reading that post from Criz …. !!
Almost grease-less, the light, airy and crispy Roti Canai (or Paratha, as this Indian bread is known in some countries) is priced at RM1/USD0.30 per piece, and it’s money well-spent, really.
Instantly, we were awed. Shocked would be a better expression; at the sight of the massive crowd on a weekend’s morning. People were standing around impatiently, eyes glancing and not-so-politely staring at the patrons finishing their last sips of teh tarik, and some even took the liberty to park their derrieres on vacant seats, before the customers even finish their meal !!
“This Is Mad …” I silently whispered to myself. What’s interesting was the racial composition making up the breakfast crowd that morning. Almost more than 70% of the customers were Chinese! The other 30% were a mix of Malays, Indians, etc.
The Chapati was served with a dollop of soft, boiled (almost mashed) potatoes with onions, and a robust ‘sambal sardin’ At RM1.70/USD2 USD0.50 per piece, the piece of unleavened flat bread certainly did not come cheap, but the chapati was good enough to warrant an order or two.
Glancing around the madhouse that I.V. Restaurant had became that morning, I could see the other patrons digging into their packets of nasi lemak, or roti canai. So those two HAD to be good.
The still-warm packets of nasi lemak were placed on plastic plates, on most tables. Picking up a packet from your neighbouring table is not considered to be rude, so don’t hold back. Just DON’T pick from that person’s half-eaten one !!
The nasi lemak did not manage to impress me however. It was okay, with the usual quarter of a boiled egg, and sambal ikan bilis (anchovies in spicy sambal paste).
Clockwise from top left : Thosai, Roti Canai with a spoonful of sugar, Roti Bom and Roti Telur.
They were churning out roti canai like a full-fledged manufacturing factory. Six (6!!) staff were continuously working their magic on the hot griddle, stretching/rolling/flipping their way through the hundreds and thousands of roti canai everyday. This explains why the waiting staff may get impatient if you’re taking your own sweet time choosing from their not-so-extensive repertoire of Indian breads. It’s either roti canai or its several variations (Roti Telur – with Egg omelette, Roti Bom – An oilier version pan-fried with margarine and sugar, Roti Bawang – with Onions), Chapati or Thosai.
Idli and Vadai MAY be on their menu, on not-so-busy mornings maybe. But you can rest that thought if you’re there on a Sunday, and especially if you’re rather late for breakfast.
You can see how the staff were scrambling/jostling for the beverages to be served … no time for chit-chats, idling around doing nothings …..
Personally, I like the roti canai here. Crispy, light and airy, you can’t even see the ghee that goes into your lovely, fluffy bread. Although I admit that I have had better roti canai elsewhere, for I prefer my roti canai to be thicker, and redolent with greasy, buttery fragrance.
But I.V. Restaurant’s version of Roti Canai Pandamaran managed to satiate our cravings, at least until I can find that elusive “BEST EVER ROTI CANAI” that suits my palate …….
A Halal restaurant, manned by a sizeable group of Indian staff, catering to mostly Chinese patrons. 1Malaysia at work, people? 🙂
The Epitome of Malaysian Breakfast – Roti Canai with Dhal Curry and a glass of frothy Teh Tarik
Come to think of it, I wonder if any Ipohan(s) have tried, knew about, or remember that cheap, tasty and satisfying Roti Canai stall located at the former Super Kinta (Pasar Besar Ipoh)’s food court? Gosh …. how I long for that good old, nostalgic bite of delicious roti canai from that particular Indian stall ……
Roti Canai Pandamaran @ I.V. Restaurant (HALAL)
No 117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62,
42000 Pandamaran Jaya,
Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Click for a GOOGLE MAP to I.V. Restaurant.