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These pancakes are some of the most renown street food in Thailand: Roti filled with banana and egg, drizzled with sweetened condensed milk or chocolate (or both).
|Thai Roti Vendor|
Photo Credit: Rob Taylor
|Another Thai Roti Vendor, flattening the roti dough, with a stack of cooked roti in the corner|
Photo Credit: Euke 1974
Thai Banana Roti
Recipe adapted from Import Food
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, plus more for drizzling over
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- butter (for cooking)
- vegetable oil (for coating)
- Bananas for filling (about 1/2 banana per pancake)
- Eggs for filing (1 egg per pancake)
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the water, egg, 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, sugar and salt. Sift flour over the egg mixture and mix well. Add the melted butter, and knead the dough for a few minutes until it comes together nicely. Coat with vegetable and let sit for 30 minutes.
2. Knead the dough a few more times, then break off piece of dough that are approximately 1/3 cup. Roll these pieces in balls, and coat with oil.
3. Prepare the filling - slice the bananas and beat the eggs. We put approximately 1/2 banana per pancake mixed together with one egg.
4. Now it's time to flatten the roti. After our attempt at slapping them around, we decided to first stretch the dough out, and then roll it out. We used a rolling pin and a stone pestle - the stone pestle added that extra heft to thin out the dough :)
5. Heat your pan or griddle on high heat and add some butter. Rub a bit of vegetable oil on your roti and place on hot pan. Cook for a minute, then add the egg/banana mixture. Let cook for another minute or two, until the bottom is crisp.
6. Fold sides of roti over the center. We folded ours into square packets by folding the two ends at this point, but it was rather difficult since our dough is not as thin as it should be. I would recommend folding these in two. Once folded, flip over and cook for another minute to ensure the filling is cooked.
7. Serve hot with sweetened condensed milk, and maybe even a sprinkling of sugar.
If you really feel decadent, add some chocolate syrup on top.
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