A group of us are baking our way through the wonderful cookbook/travelogue “Flatbreads and Flavors” by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Last month, we made Malaysian Roti Jala. We had the most fun. (read about that more here)
Yesterday afternoon, the doorbell rang. It was a rather goofy, very friendly fellow from Canada Post asking me to sign for a smallish quite dented cardboard box. The box was covered in colourful exotic stamps. The mailman seemed almost as thrilled about delivering a package from Malaysia as I was to receive it. I signed…
T called from his office asking who it was.
me: Canada Post. I had to sign for a package for you. From Malaysia!
he: [sounding pained] I didn’t hear the doorbell! You weren’t supposed to know about that! [sighing] But I guess you know what it is….
me: [densely] You bought another abacus? (I didn’t know they used abacusses in Malaysia.) The box is pretty mashed. Is it breakable?
he: An abacus?? No! [looking at the mashed box in dismay] And it’s kind of breakable. It was supposed to be a surprise for later …you’d better open it now.
me: From Malaysia! What would you order from Malaysia?![excitedly] What is it? [carefully opening the package]
I was thrilled! Whoohoooooooo!!!
Do you know what it is?
If you’ve been here before, of course you do! …yes!! We have our own REAL roti jala mould! Naturally, we had to try it out.
I know. Pancake Tuesday is long past. We’re in the middle of Lent. But we just had to make sure the mould worked. But we didn’t have any coconut milk.
Ha! You think that would be enough to stop us? T decided to make chocolate crepes with regular milk. And following internet instructions, he pushed the thin already seemingly smooth smooth batter through a sieve. And we were amazed at how many solids were left in the sieve!
I asked if I could try making one. Sure. Why not?
I decreed that the pan was way too hot and that there was too much butter on the pan. T agreed about the heat but nixed me on the butter. “Chocolate and butter just go together.” I bowed to the master.
And I tried making my first roti jala with a real roti jala mould. Whoohooo!!! I made one. Then I made another. And another. I felt like an expert (except for the disgraceful mess I managed to splatter all over the stove).
We were so thrilled with ourselves that we made yet another video:
We ordered a roti jala mould from Malaysia. It arrived via Canada Post 3 weeks later. We were so excited that we decided to use the mould to make some very non-traditional roti jala. We used cow’s milk instead of coconut milk and served them with ice cream instead of coconut chicken curry. Please do not send the Roti Jala police after us.
Once again, what fun we had. Just as with the squeeze bottle, we discovered that making small loops works better than trying to make large loops. And once again, too much butter turns out to be a bad thing, making the batter spatter on the pan. (It tastes good though!)
Recipe?? You want a recipe?? T just kind of winged it by whisking an egg with some milk, flour, sugar and cocoa until it was thin and smooth and ran in nice steady streams through the holes of the roti jala mould.
» YouTube: 1st try at making roti jala February 2012 (Yes, that’s OUR kitchen!)
» YouTube: making roti jala February 2012 (And that’s still OUR kitchen!)
» YouTube: making chocolate roti jala March 2012 (Yup, that’s OUR kitchen once again!)
» YouTube: How to make roti jala
» YouTube: Making Roti Jala – Lacy Pancakes
» YouTube: How to make Roti Jala (Net Bread)
- roti jala recipes:
» blog from OUR kitchen: Roti Jala based on the recipe for Lacy Coconut Milk Crepes in “Flatbreads and Flavors” by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
» Simply June: House of Malaysian Pancakes using a metal roti jala dispenser
» Contemporary Flavour: Innovative Cooking: Roti Jala (contemporaryflavour.com/2010/03/04/innovative-cooking-roti-jala/) cheese shaker used as roti jala dispenser
» Emily, FussFree Cooking: Roti Jala (Net Crepes) plastic ketchup dispenser used as roti jala dispenser
- recipes from OUR kitchen:
» Thai-Style Chicken Curry
» buckwheat crepes
» other breads and muffins
» more bread, quick bread and muffins