My favorite breakfast spot in Bangkok is Roti-Mataba in the Banglampu area. It's a small store selling Muslim dishes such as stuffed rotis called mataba
Matabas can be filled with egg, banana, fish, beef, or chicken and are served with a sweet chili vinegar dip and cucumber salad.
I always have lemon tea and 2 matabas filled with massaman curried chicken, and sit and watch the owners make the rotis on the flattop by the front door.
Mataba-Roti is located on the corner of Phra Athit and Phra Sumen across from the park by the Chao Phraya river.
The roti itself is a bit tricky to make but i found a pretty good recipe by Kasma Loha-unchit here Roti Recipe . Here is my recipe for massaman curry chicken to go with the roti, or jasmine rice if you prefer:
- 4 chicken legs in parts
- 250gr diced potato
- 100gr diced green beans
- 2 tbsp massaman curry paste
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 sliced shallots
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp tamarind paste
- 2 tbsp palm sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cardamom seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- place the can of coconut milk, curry paste, cinnamon and cardamom in a pot and simmer until the liquid evaporates and the spices fry in the coconut oil
- add chicken, shallots and garlic into the pot and saute. add potatos and green beans
- add fish sauce, tamarind, palm sugar, salt, and 250ml water and simmer about 30 min
- add more water if getting too dry, but sauce should be thick and oily looking
- add more sugar, salt and fish sauce to taste
- sprinkle with cashews and chopped green onions and serve