Great Scott! It's a giant Thosai!!!! Wait a minute....it's a smiling giant Thosai. It's a friendly giant Thosai and it's welcoming us to eat its friends (with the welcome sign strategically placed.... Hahaha). Actually, I always had this funny thought. I never fully comprehend why certain establishments/eateries would want to choose such things as their mascots e.g. Remember KFC had Superchook? Superchook sold out on its own kind and encourage humans to eat chicken! Hahaha....Hmmm....what other famous mascots sold out its own kind? At least A&W has a cute jolly bear and McDonald's has Ronald.
Raju's also a great place to bring your friends who are visiting from out of town/country! The staff here is really quite use to having their photos taken and some would even volunteer to pose for you and are ever ready to show off their skills in front of the camera.
See the big smile? I wondered what I had said to him. Looks like he was trying to "give me five" while making this roti bawang. Just love the imprint of his hand on the dough in this shot!
A whole lotta going on ...
Multi stalls are set up during weekends to deal with the customers who come in droves. So you will have 3 stalls; one each for plain roti canai, thosai and roti canai with extra ingredients.
Thosai in the making ....
Banana leaves all ready to roll out ... (pun intended)
Food here are served on banana leaves. Come prepared with your own tissue/paper kitchen towel...I usually give them a wipe to dry them after the staff sets the table with one of these for each customer. At times, the leaves are rinsed but not dried. Some folks wipe them simply for hygiene purposes. I have always tried to come here during non peak hours as service is much better and the staff is more attentive. For peak hours, come here with your morning papers and switch on your happy mode while you wait...else you will be exasperated by the lack of service. I usually take matters in my own hands and grab my utensils and condiments... :p
Speaking of condiments...my fave is the one with onions and chilli sambal (in the foreground). It's all HOT, rather bland but definitely has the lovely whiff of onions. Hot stuff ... definitely pleases spicy food lovers.
My usual order of Roti Bawang extra crispy (without the egg). I like the Roti Bawang/Roti Canai here as it's crispy and light, with minimal oil....
While you're here, get yourself a plate of Deep Fried Sotong (Squid)
Squid and onions lightly battered and deep fried till dark golden brown. More oil here definitely....but Oh.So.Good! Coupled with a nice hot glass of Teh Tarik ... Bliss!
All sorts of marinated meat are available but I've never really had any of these. Something extra for those who are looking for seafood/variety on the side. I have always been contented with my usual breakfast order...If I come here in the later part of the afternoon, I will order the karipap (curry puffs) as they are great tasting snacks too.
Raju's Rules ... I wonder if it was because of certain customers who had hurled obscenities at them when they didn't provide proper service, hence 'Mind Your Language'.
Ahhh....I'm gonna turn in for the night now and I think I'm gonna head to Raju's for breakfast!
To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day
- W. Somerset Maugham
What about Malaysia then? Breakfast 5 times a a day? ;oD
Raju Restaurant (next to La Salle Secondary School)
Jalan Chantek 5/13
Off Jalan Gasing