Roti Canai, a popular breakfast dish in Malaysia, has recently been crowned the world’s number 1 bread, according to a recent post by TasteAtlas. This esteemed honour has catapulted this delicious flatbread into the global spotlight and cemented its place as a worldwide culinary hit.
Renowned for its delectable taste and unparalleled versatility, roti canai is a popular flatbread originating from Malaysia and various parts of Southeast Asia. Crafted from a basic blend of flour, water, salt, and, occasionally, butter, the dough undergoes a skilled process of stretching, folding, and cooking on a griddle with oil or butter. The result is a delightful flatbread that boasts a crisp and flaky exterior while maintaining a soft and tender interior.
This comfort food is not limited to a particular mealtime and can be relished for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It stands as a quintessential delicacy for those venturing into Southeast Asian cuisine.
Roti canai‘s adaptability shines through in the multitude of ways it can be enjoyed — dipped in dhal (lentil curry), drizzled with condensed milk or honey for a sweet treat, stuffed with ingredients like minced meat or eggs for a hearty meal, savoured with various curries or gravies, or utilised as a versatile wrap.
According to TasteAtlas, martabak, a hearty roti filled with ingredients such as meats, eggs, onions, and an array of spices, stands out as one of the most renowned variations of roti canai.
Pan de Bono, hailing from Colombia, secured the 2nd position. This bread is renowned for its delightful blend of cheesy and slightly sweet flavours, making it a favoured snack or breakfast treat composed of ingredients like corn flour, cheese, eggs, and a hint of sugar.
In the 3rd spot is Butter Garlic Naan from India, celebrated for its rich, flavourful, and aromatic profile. Crafted from a soft, leavened dough enhanced with butter and minced garlic, it boasts a delightful taste and fragrance that sets it apart.
The ranking also includes other beloved bread varieties such as Italian Focaccia, French Baguette, Chinese Mantou, and Turkish Pita bread, each representing a diverse range of global culinary traditions and flavours. These breads continue to captivate palates worldwide with their unique qualities.
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