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.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

15 thoughts on “You don’t have to be a star…”

  1. I still have a packet of Paratha in the freezer. *Hi Five*. Same with me. Old habits dies hard. Prefer to have them with curry.

  2. I know this Jay Chou’s franchise but never try it.

    My freezer is never short of roti paratha. I like the Kawan brand. I usually fry lightly with oil. Rarely with butter. And heat up dhall (frozen that we bought) to go with it some days.

    1. We do buy Kawan quite often. Nice and readily available. I cannot remember what brands had pouches of curry gravy inside – that is so very convenient, can eat the canai with the gravy, so nice! I buy curry tuna, will eat with that sometimes but these days, it is getting very expensive. RM6 for a small tin!!!

    1. Looks like I’m not alone! Dunno why so many people go crazy over these franchises. Many are not nice at all plus they are so very expensive! And some, they have to queue for it some more. Absurd! Absolutely ridiculous.

  3. What a rip off! See that’s where you have to pay extra when they use big movie stars to advertise their products.
    We use the term, roti prata, more often than roti canai in Johor. Do you think Singaporeans copy us Johoreans or the other way round?

    Roti prata in Singapore is actually very awful. Other awful food includes wanton mee, bah kut teh etc.
    He he… But I am not all biased. Singapore laksa and Hainanese chicken rise are better than ours.

    1. Never had roti prata in Singapore or if I did I have forgotten.

      Hawker food in Singapore in the 70’s was simply the best, Penang can’t compare…then they changed the concept of the whole city – got rid of all those hawker centres, no more hawker stalls, no more coffee shops and had them replaced by food courts called “Kopitiam” – and yes, the food was nothing like in the old days.

      They did say that if you know where to go in the housing estates, you may be able to find the good ones…but I do not bother going there anymore, not for a very very long time, last time was probably in the early 90’s. Used to go once a year. Now the exchange rate alone is enough to kill me. Not worth.

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