Poh’s Kitchen Episode 2. Recipe: Roti! {At least I tried!}

I know I am incredibly slow watching this show. Let’s face the fact. A cooking show, no matter how excited it might be, can never deliver the same addiction level as a drama, or a soccer game. And if you like K-dramas (or J-dramas) as much as I do, you know what I am talking about!

Making roti

Back to episode #2, Poh’s guest chef is David Thompson. This guy, I may say, is the Thai (food) king of Australia. I think the episode is ok. The freshness of the first episode, however, has faded somewhat. I was half watching the show, half reading my sister’s history essay and doing something else.

What I like about the episode

Uhm, I love Poh’s polka-dotted pink skirt! So girly, pretty and casual!

What else? Well, I finally have some clue on how to make roti, something the Husband loves. There are cute moments of Poh, which I did not find too fake. The curry David looked really good, although it involved lot of work.

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Now, the rant

This episode confirms that the personality of the guest chef is a crucial factor. David was fine chef, but his approach was a bit too “intellectual” for a TV show. I mean I would love to meet and learn from him. But the guy needed to relax a lot more on TV. Throughout the episode, he sounded like an old man lecturing the poor Poh. So yeah, it was a bit booooriing.

The editing part needs a lot more work. Common! Half of the air time was devoted entirely on cooking the curry. Uhm. A bit of different things will be nice, eh? End of rant.

Recipe – Roti

Making roti is extremely hard. I am no roti chef, and nooooo, it was really not easy to get the paper thin dough. I treated by using the rolling pin, but this actually pressed a lot of air out of the dough, which prevented me from getting a fluffy roti. The Husband {Mr. B} tried his flipping game, but finally gave up.

Making roti

Anyway, the roti turned out ok. I did not make the “snail” version but simply fold the dough and fried. Not the best in terms of texture (probably should have used softer flour and worked the dough a lot less) or look. Still, it tasted nice. Fresh bread and a killer curry for breakfast. The husband was happy, and so was I.

Actually I would like to include my recipe for this Beef curry in the photo. It took way less time to prepare than David’s but tasted so good. I, however, forgot what I put in the curry exactly. (This is very me, since I almost never follow a recipe exactly, and gosh, I just forgot!).

Will you forgive me if I point you to the place that makes killer roti? Malaysian style, tried and approved by many. Oh, but they have that stupid no-booking policy in place, so be warned.

Making roti

How to make roti

Anyone else notice that the recipe is different from the way they make roti in the show? geezzz!


500g plain flour (softer flour preferred)
1egg lightly whisked
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
2 cups vegetable oil
100g ghee


# Put flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle for the egg. Rub egg evenly throughout flour so mixture becomes crumbly.
# Dissolve salt and sugar in water. Combine with milk. Pour in a bit at a time, to flour mixture till the dough is able to be gathered into a ball.
# Knead for about 6 mins or till the surface is relatively smooth. (Do NOT over knead)
# Divide the dough into 10 balls, coat each generously with ghee and then cover with oil in a bowl. Clingwrap and leave to sit overnight.
# Flatten the balls evenly in the palm of your hand or with a rolling pin. Grease bench with oil from the bowl. Gently stretch the edges of the circle outwards as far and as thinly as you can (so it is like tracing paper and about 60 – 70cm in diameter), and before holes start to appear. Fold the pancake into a square (or make into spiral)
# Over a medium heat, grease a pan with ghee or the vegetable oil roti rested in. Fry till golden brown on both sides and dough in the centre is cooked. Serve immediately with curry.

I recommend you guys watch this video to get the hang of roti making.



zurin 1:20 AM  

Your fotography is gorgeous! I loved the colour combo of the food and the background. Perfect!

the roti looks good enough to eat...burnt parts are always the best sometimes..as in BBQ !

I think u did a good job for a first time.... i hve a roti recipe on my blog with the step by steps...it wwas quite a job making and taking pics..so oily!! but fun though. I hope u enjoyed making it! ^^ kudos for trying indeed.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 2:27 AM  

Both specialities look delicious! I love roti!



Manggy 3:35 AM  

Gasp!! David Thompson boring?! (In fairness, I've never seen either of his books, but I know he's revered.)

I love roti. There's no harm in trying it, and in fact yours look quite lovely :)

pigpigscorner 3:47 AM  

Love roti! I've always wanted to try it, but I can never understand the "snail" part. Yours looks really good with the burnt bits.

Little Corner of Mine 4:50 AM  

Your curry and roti sure look good, what a great breakfast items!

Natashya KitchenPuppies 7:59 AM  

I haven't seen the show, it hasn't made it to Canada yet. Where do they film it? We do get some good Australian cooking shows sometimes.
Great job on the roti - it is so thin and delicate! Mine are likely way too thick.

Sook 6:50 PM  

Oh wow this looks great!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 7:26 PM  

your shots are very nice! can not believe you make your own roti, they looks good.

thanh7580 8:53 PM  

I'm loving Poh's Kitchen too and can't agree more with you about David Thompson. He was so stiff and was lecturing Poh more than interacting with her. I loved the part where they explained how to make coconut cream for 10 minutes and then Poh says "And if you can't be bothered, use the canned stuff". Classic. Emmanuel Mollois on the other hand works so well with Poh. Episode three with Emmanuel and Poh is fantastic. They tease each other jokingly and praise each other on their recipes.

I love Roti too and am tempted to make it, but it still looks quite hard. I think I'll go to an Indian restaurant to get my fix instead.

Love your photos as usual Anh.

Yenie 9:41 PM  

Your roti looks great. I would love to learn to make roti except after seeing this episode I'm so intimidated and will shelf the idea for a while - it looks too hard.

I especially love the green curry that David Thompson made. It would smell and taste absolutely delicious with all the fresh ingredients used.

Your photos are beautiful.

shaz 11:23 PM  

So many things to love in this post, roti and curry for breakfast, David Thompson (I'm a fan of his epic "Thai food", but haven't seen him on air yet), and Mamak!! Very impressed with you for trying roti Anh, I haven't quite plucked up the courage yet. If we can't get to Mamak, I pick up the frozen ones, but you're my inspiration now.

Spice 12:38 AM  

Did you shoot these photos?
It really looks so professional.

Have you tried shooting a photograph of your favorite dish beside a spice rack?

"at least you tried"

yes you are right, you should never give up even if you fail a thousand time because never know how close you are in reaching your goal if you give up.

Food For Tots 1:31 AM  

We're lucky here as roti is available at almost every corner. Your first attempt of roti is great (not to mention the stunning shot)! Bravo! ;)

Faith 7:56 AM  

Your pics are really lovely Anh! I think your roti looks delicious -- and it sounds amazing with beef curry!

Xiao Yen Recipes 1:00 PM  

It looks like Indian naan. Naan recipe calls for yogurt. I've never attempted making naan myself. My coworker, who is Pakistani, makes them frequently and brings it too work. I outta try this recipe and see how my roti will turn out.

neil 10:21 PM  

Your roti look fab! I met David at a product launch that he was endorsing, and yes, he's the same in real life too.

foodwink 12:16 AM  

Bravo! They look great - you've done really well :)

I used to watch K- and J-dramas but find the pace too slow for my liking. There's the excessive floodgate of tears too!

Megan @ FeastingonArt 1:36 PM  

I am so impressed you tried your hand at roti. I always looked at it as a dish that I loved but never even considered trying to make it at home. The photograph is beautiful!

Ju (The Little Teochew) 8:54 PM  

Brilliant photography, as always, Ahn! And your roti looks amazing ... I think the burnt bits gives it character.

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