Roti Canai is a unique Malaysian food with its origin in India, usually served as a breakfast. It is a type of bread that looks like a crispy pancake made by flour, salt, water, and ghee, served with curry or dhal. You can try them at an Indian or Malay mamak (casual restaurant) and it is definitely a must try food in Melaka.
Here is a list of places where you can have the best roti canai in Melaka.
3, Jalan Temenggong, Bandar Hilir, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia 7am-10pm (roti canai until 12pm)
Selvam is a popular Indian restaurant serving one of the best banana leaf curry rice sets in Melaka. However, their roti canai, served only during breakfast until 12pm, is also a must try.
In addition to dhal and sardine curry, there are 3 more curry that usually goes with dosai and chapatti. With the variety of choices to go with, you will find yourself asking for another round of roti canai or even more.
Depends on the person flipping the dough, the roti canai will come out in square and crispy, or in round and fluffy with crispy edges, either way it tastes perfect with all the curry.
Roti Canai @ Melaka Raya (Kopitiam Otak Otak Formosa)
5 Jalan Melaka Raya 4, Taman Melaka Raya 75000 Melaka, Malaysia 7am-12pm
This shop was operated by a Malay father of 2 daughters 3 sons until sadly he had passed away at the end of 2016. Surprisingly, all of his children are operating roti canai shop in different areas within Melaka, and now this one was taken over by one of his daughters.
The shop is rented only during morning thus they don’t have a sign board. However, they have grown its fans and regulars just by word of mouth, operating successfully for almost 10 years.
Their roti canai is always freshly made into a big square with crispy edges, served with dhal and sambal. Their roti cheese is quite popular too.
Roti Canai Kayu Arang
Lot 459, Kampung Bakar Batu Mukim, 75350 Bachang, Melaka, Malaysia. 7.00 am – 12.30 pm
What makes this place unique is the use of kayu arang (charcoal) heat to cook the roti canai.
Although the roti canai is evenly cooked, crispy but not flakey, it does not have a special essence added by the coal. The curry is mild and contains pieces of vegetables. It seems like they have variety of roti choices such as roti nachos, but it would be more interesting to find out whether a direct heat from the coal will develop a nice flavour and texture to the roti canai.
This place is always packed with mostly Malays throughout the operation hours in the morning. They basically serve all kinds of local malay dish, such as nasi lemak, meehun soup, satay, and all kinds of kuih. The liveliness and energy from the ambience will give you an extra power to kick start the day.
Infasha Maju Bistro Semabok
No.1 Jalan PS4, Plaza Semabok (Opposite of Honda) Facebook
This place is an Indian mamak (casual restaurant) serving arabian kabaab, tandoori, chappati, and other local meals, besides roti canai. Their roti canai is served until 12pm but restarts serving from 4pm.
Their roti canai is always freshly made and crispy at all bites. Somehow it feels like a very standard roti canai without any extra sweetness and greasiness.
The dhal is thick and mild and the sambal adds the spiciness to it, however the ratio of sambal was a bit too much to the dhal that lost its original flavour, so make sure to adjust before blending them all. Ikan (fish) curry was oily and thin.
Their shop is a popular hang out spot for local people until late in the evening for enjoying the meal as well as watching football games on the TV projector.
Kedai Makanan & Minuman Hajjah Zainab Semabok
Across from Semabok Inn on Jalan Semabok 7am-5pm (roti canai until 12pm) Facebook page
The great thing about the roti canai here is that it is always freshly made after each order, crispy at each layer like a pie sheet.
The dhal and ayam(chicken) curry is slightly thin, the sambal sauce is rather sweet as well as the roti canai itself, but still leave you with a tingling mouth.
Operated by a friedly Malay family.
Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Madras Cafe
No. 50, Jalan Temenggong, 75000 Melaka. 7.30am-11pm
This place is an Indian mamak (casual restaurant) that serves not only roti canai but chapatti, toast, mee goreng, nasi goreng and other local meals.
Most of the time, roti canai here is freshly made, round and crispy at all layers, but occasionally, coming close to noon, they will reheat a pre-cooked one which is dry and powdery that must be avoided. So make sure to come for breakfast or ask them to make you a fresh one because it is simply superb.
Nevertheless, the two choices of curry, dhal and ikan (fish) is always mouth-watering. Dhall is thick and mild, ikan is spicy and slightly asam (sour).