Roti John is essentially an omelet sandwich. A lot of stories or “legends” surrounds this Malay dish. One would be of an Englishman who went to a Malay stall and asked for a hamburger. It was in the 1960s, and there were no such thing back then. So the stall holder took some French loaves, sliced it in half lengthwise, and panfried it with eggs, mince meat and onions. Then he served it to the Englishman who he called John, because Malays at that time used to refer to Caucasian men as John. Not sure about Caucasian ladies. Mary?
An so the story goes. The dish got its name as Roti John or John’s Bread. The most popular one is the one at Taman Serasi near the Botanic Gardens. But the food centre has closed down and I’m not sure where they have moved to.
Roti John went through some changes lately. The one I had here has cheese added. I came across one with black pepper sauce. All to cater to a young and hip crowd.
-hazrock, waiting for my name to be immortalized in food.