A Meal For John

18 Jun

Roti John from Bedok Corner

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.


Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Food


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4 responses to “A Meal For John

  1. speeddemon2

    June 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Reblogged this on speeddemon2 and commented:
    Interesting meal here

    • hazrock

      June 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Yes it is, John. Hahaha!
      And thanks for dropping by!

  2. David

    June 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    hehehehe…..So the Hazburger shall be born eh?

    • hazrock

      June 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Hahah. Maybe. Thank you John! Lol


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