Pineapple roti, lemongrass-kaffir leaf ice cream & chili caramel


Don’t wait for summer to try this. Vanilla ice cream works if lemongrass/kaffir is not an option.

The 3 scoops of ice cream in the previous post may have resembled the colors of Neapolitan, but strawberry is the only one to fit the description. The remaining 2 – lemongrass-kaffir lime leaf, cardamom coffee – are flavors that grabbed my attention on MasterChef Australia. Both are exotic, bold, intriguing combinations that we immediately loved even without the extra dessert components that made up the whole plate.

The dish above is from a recipe by contestant Tamara Graffen and the element to catch my eye was the roti bread she prepared as part of the plating. I’m familiar with Indian roti, but this roti, or more precisely roti canai, is part of southeast Asian cuisine and differs in look and texture. Crunchy, flaky, butter-kissed layers of fried dough that works with savory or sweet dishes. I’ve been making these 2-3 times a week to serve on the side with curry because they are that good!

Look for roti canai on the web and you might come across a guy tossing dough in the air like a pizza pro. The simplified home version is easier, and requires gentle patting and stretching with the fingertips to achieve a transparent thinness. A few bits of cold butter goes on top before folding into thirds from top to bottom, then left to right.

I love watching these puff up on a hot skillet. And that delicious aroma of melting butter…

My favorite part is the next step. The roti is scrunched up by clapping your hands around it. Clap! Clap! Clap! I find this part so therapeutic?!

The roti can be made several hours ahead of time and warmed in the oven, but you really want to devour these right out of the skillet.

5 thoughts on “Pineapple roti, lemongrass-kaffir leaf ice cream & chili caramel

    1. Rowena Post author

      That stuff is addictive! And to think that I would never have known about roti canai if we didn’t have MasterChef Australia here, weird, but true!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      My mommy taught me to never play with my food but I was always a stubborn child, haha! I really want to try the slap! slap! method (they just grab one end and slap the workbench to stretch it).

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