You don’t have to be a star…

The other morning, I dropped by this place that they call a “fresh mini market” which I feel is a mini-supermarket selling fresh produce, all kinds of frozen stuff, canned food and other factory made products and in one of the many freezers at the place, this…

…caught my attention.

There used to be an outlet of that Taiwanese star, Jay Chou’s franchise here and I did get to try it once – the mushroom and egg (RM8.90), RM10.90 with chicken but I think it has closed down now. This was my verdict at the time: I would not say it got me all excited as I thought it wasn’t anything that would get me running back for more…[and] at those prices, I think I would just give it a miss.

It looked like our roti canai to me but I thought our roti canai had a slight edge over it. Well, at least, this time around, they do not beat around the bush anymore and call it puff paratha. They call roti canai roti prata in Singapore but it looks like roti paratha is a little bit different. Wiki defines it as a flatbread that originated in the north of India. It is still quite prevalent there, where wheat is grown and is the traditional staple of the area. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat and atta which literally means layers of cooked dough. Ah well, in the words of William Shakespeare, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, if you ask me!

I checked the back of the pack…

…and found that it was made in China, Shandong, to be exact and they did give that website with Jay Chou’s name at the bottom, http://www.liangfood.com. I must say that it did not come cheap though, RM17.50 for a pack of 5 pieces so that works out to RM3.50 a piece. One can go for a plate of kampua mee and probably enjoy it a lot more and still has change at most places.

I did grab a pack, nonetheless, because my girl loves these things and I was quite sure she would want to give it a try. If I remember correctly, she did buy the ones from the aforementioned franchise outlet more than once.

She fried a piece…

…in a non-stick pan, no oil added till it was nicely done…

…and then, she fried an omelette and placed the piece on top so they would stick together…

After that, she rolled it up…

…and ate it.

She did give me a bite to try and yes, I thought it was nice but probably, if she had fried it in a little bit of butter, it would be nicer…and personally, old habits die hard – I would much sooner eat that with curry! I am very sure I would enjoy it a whole lot more.

CCL FRESH MINI MARKET is located at the end of the block to the right of the Grand Wonderful Hotel (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai.