Roti Canai Gemas Road Penang The Next Hottest Breakfast Spot
Roti Canai Gemas Road is the busiest Roti Canai spot.
This hidden stall is a local community place near a Malay kampung in Caunter Hall, Penang.
You can go there via Caunter Hall through narrow roads or from Kampar Road, from Trengganu Road.
This stall location is off the tourist grid, yet I have met tourists from Raub, Pahang.
When I asked how they found this stall, they said it’s because they have many viral photos of the food.
Roti Canai Transfer Road may be the food destination in George Town but I find Roti Canai Gemas Road to be tasty and worth the trip to try.
What is Roti Canai?
Roti Canai is an Indian-influenced flatbread breakfast staple in Southeast Asia.
We find this popular dish in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and Singapore.
They make this simple flatbread from just two ingredients; unleavened flour and oil.
The dough is kneaded by folding to incorporate multiple layers to make a fluffy, flaky roti.
The real magic is from the dough’s kneading and “spinning” it in the air to incorporate air into the mixture.
We cook the Roti Canai with vegetable oil and ghee on a hot griddle.
In Singapore, they call this Roti Pratha.
Roti Canai Gemas Road Early Days
I have been to try the Roti in the early days before it became famous.
When the stall started, it was just a simple neighborhood roti place for a cheap breakfast.
Back in the day, a Roti Canai with Dhal Curry and a Kopi is the perfect start to a good day.
The little stall has grown and now has many new customers.
Gemas Road Roti Canai is the hottest breakfast spot in Penang.
Not only is the stall famous now, but it has also overtaken the Transfer Road Roti Canai in George Town as the best in Penang.
According to many, they cited the tasty curries.
I couldn’t agree more.
The curries differ from the right combination for the special Roti Canai.
What’s the stall like?
The place is a bit small and gets very crowded over the weekends – always full of people.
If you want to eat here, you will need to eat quickly once the food arrives as other people are waiting at your table.
The best way to get a table is to go alone or with just a friend so you can ask to share a meal.
Roti Canai Gemas Road Menu
- Plain Roti Canai
- Egg Roti Telur
- Roti Satu Malaysia
- Thin & Crispy Roti Tissue
- Roti Planta
- With Onion Roti Bawang
- Roti Bakar Set (Add Telur 1/2 Masak)
- Roti Bakar Kosong
- Roti Bakar 1 set
Extra Order for Your Roti Canai Gemas Road
- Sunny Side Egg Telur Mata
- Beef Daging
- Mutton Kambing
- Chicken Ayam
The famous hot beverage: “Teh Tarik” (pulled milk tea), is a perfect accompaniment for the Roti Canai.
The drinks menu is rather extensive with Teh, Milo, Kopi, and Syrup.
The more interesting drinks are
- Asam Ais
- Nestum Panas
- Nestum Ais
The menu with the stall’s operating hours.
“Sabar Menanti” means “Please Wait Patiently”
Roti Canai Gemas Road Special
Other stalls serve a roti Telur with an egg cooked in the Roti; Shaikh serves this with a sunny-side-up fried egg.
They top the Roti Canai with a thin slice of cheese and a handful of chopped raw purple onions.
The final serve is flooding or drenching the Roti with three types of curry sauce: chicken curry, beef curry, and dhal curry.
If you are a small eater, a simple roti is more than sufficient.
They will opt for the Roti Canai Gemas Road Special which has extra curried beef, mutton, or chicken for big eaters.
The food is served sloppily not the place to look for perfect plating.
What’s the taste of the Roti Canai Gemas Road?
The Roti is flaky on the outside and soft inside without being too greasy. They serve the Roti Canai drenched with curry.
Chicken Curry is a bit spicy for me. For chilli lovers, this is a mild curry. The taste of the curry is good, especially the Dhall, which is thick and delicious.
The best way to eat this is to wait a while, so the Roti absorbs all the spicy flavors of the Dhall and curry gravy.
I like to break the runny yolk to mix in the gravy and eat the Roti combined with the cheese, onion, and chicken.
Roti Canai Gemas Road vs Roti Canai Transfer Road
Both have the same variety of curries, a Beef, Chicken, and Dhal mix.
However, taste-wise, I prefer Gemas Road as its gravy is spicy.
How to get to Gemas Road?
It’s easier to enter from Kampar Road. There is a vacant lot where you can park opposite the stall.
If you come in from Jalan P Ramlee (Caunter Hall), the road is narrow and one way only.
So making a U-turn can be tricky if you are using Google Map or Waze when there is lag on your Data.
Review of Roti Canai Gemas Road
The Roti is delicious. The only downside is the long wait and slow service.
I only parked on my third trip to Gemas Road.
I will come back for another roti during weekday mornings.
Have you tried this Roti Canai? What do you think? Is this better than Roti Canai Jalan Argyll?
Roti Canai Gemas Road (Gemas Road Roti Canai) GPS: 5.409452, 100.310308
51, 29 Jalan Gemas, 10460 George Town, Penang
Business hours: 7am-12.30pm, Tues to Sun | 5.30pm-9.30pm, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat.
Closed on Mondays. It also closed in the evenings of Thu & Sun.