Best Roti John in Penang

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What dish got you grinning all the way during your childhood, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for fun? Bread and egg are undeniably the best thing since sliced bread, it just brings confetti before your eyes, regardless the age. It’s down-to-earth, simple and a dish that can be gobbled on-the-go. Admit it, we have tried doing it numerous times at home, yet it just does not happen, nothing like having it under the streetlights or in our beloved nasi kandar restaurants. Spots below are crowd-pullers in Penang for this eggy-bread, some with innovative take while others prefer remaining the classic way, all you got to do, just say – John, Roti John. 

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    Restoran Yunus Khan (Jiao Sai)Halal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Nothing to shout about the ambiance of this joint, an open space dining area filled with plastic tables which are habitually accompanied with famished foodies. Mamak-style fried noodles and roti john are firm favourites, cheap and sinfully satisfying. Omelette mixed with chunks of chicken clings onto the fluffy bread and toasted on the hot grill and that’s not the end, more the eggs, the merrier the plate. Two sunny-side eggs are laid on the bread and drizzled with chili sauce and mayonnaise. A perfect late-night snack!

    Tips

    Maggi Goreng is delicious and worth a try, too!

    Things to expect

    Cheap and casual food.

    Best with

    Milo Ais.

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM10.00

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    Restoran Yunus Khan (Jiao Sai) View restaurant

    Abu Siti Lane, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    0134319384

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    Every day
    05:00PM—05:00AM
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    Pantai Jerejak Night MarketHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Benefiting from a multicultural makeover, there is no better place for a full-fledged Malaysian meal than Pasar Malam, also known as the night market. Copious of diverse and delicious dishes thrive your taste buds yet you can never leave without heading towards the Roti John stall where you’ll be carried away on how it’s prepared. With selections of chicken, sardine or beef to fill the burger bun, which is then drenched in egg batter and dropped in hot vat of oil. Once it turns golden-brown, it's ready to be devoured. Each bite is oh-so-worth-it, where the crunchy texture of the bread binds with the hearty filling inside, it's as good as it sounds.

    Tips

    Ambled around the night market as there as myriad of eateries

    Things to expect

    A new take on Roti John

    Best with

    Juices or coconut shake

    Price

    RM2.50 to RM5.00

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    Pantai Jerejak Night Market View restaurant

    Jalan Pantai Jerjak 14 & 15, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    Wednesday
    06:30PM—11:00PM
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    Roti John Marvelous – Bandar PerdaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Definitely leaving up to its name, this Roti John is downright marvelous! Under the stewardship of an amiable man, it’s highly rated among the locals for dinner or a late-night bite. It’s usually raining orders; many return with armloads of Roti Johns to accompany them later on the couch. Offering chicken and beef meat, which are chopped into little pieces and mixed with fresh eggs then layered on bread. It’s then smeared with rich mayonnaise, chili sauce and a tinge of white pepper. If you choose to dine in at the miniature space, the block of bread is showered with generous cheesy sauce. 

    Tips

    Request additional cheesy sauce

    Things to expect

    Delicious snack

    Best with

    Cheesy sauce

    Price

    RM2.50 to RM3.50

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    Roti John Marvelous – Bandar Perda View restaurant

    Bandar perda (Perda), Bukit Mertajam, 14000, Butterworth, Penang
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Ali KopiHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Belly begging for something piping hot yet the clock exceeds midnight? Jostle away the worry, make your way to Ali Kopi, a casual joint where locals enhance moment of togetherness with a scrumptious spread of comfort dishes such as tomyam fried noodles, fried rice, nasi lemak and Roti John Hong Kong. The bread is coated with a batter of egg and minced chicken, grilled till golden-brown and topped with sausage, a slice of cheese and two gooey eggs. Slither that half-done egg to get the york oozing out which blends with the chili and mayonnaise spread for a lip-smacking experience.

    Tips

    You can add extra cheese or sausage

    Things to expect

    Casual and comfort food

    Best with

    Teh Tarik or Hot Milk

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM7.00

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    Ali Kopi View restaurant

    Jalan Lunas (Opposite PTPL College),, 10350 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    12:00AM—12:00AM
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    Nagos BurgerHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This humble burger stall is a realm of juicy and monster burgers, loaded with a bouquet of toppings and assorted sauces. No doubt, looking at the grilled patties masked with slapdash sauces and melting cheese evokes your appetite at full-stretch. Their Roti John is praiseworthy, battered egg suffused throughout the bun and seared till mildly brown and drizzled with mayonnaise and chili sauce. You can opt to add sausages and cheese too, for an additional layer of flavour. Cheap, appealing and quick service, you’ll never be dissatisfied. 

    Tips

    Never miss their monster burger

    Things to expect

    Hearty portion

    Best with

    Sausages and cheese

    Price

    RM3.50 to RM4.50

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    Nagos Burger View restaurant

    Medan Selera Taman Siakap, 13700, Butterworth, Penang
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    0124820152

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    06:30PM—12:00AM
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    Tunas Nasi KandarHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    For decades, this restaurant has been a classic meeting point for football aficionados, and if you’re a Manchester United fan, you’ll be looking in an open-mouthed wonder. Pan your sight left to right, it’s all about the Red Devils, ornaments, flags, quotes and photos of the owner’s visit to Old Trafford. Matching the ambiance, the food is yummy, especially their Roti John. A thick slice of bread drenched in a batter of egg and chicken bits grilled till golden-brown, accompanied with sides of greens and showered with lots of sauce and mayonnaise. Pair your bread with a glass of lathered tea, it’s a match made in heaven. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekends, especially when Manchester United is playing

    Things to expect

    Humble and comfort food

    Best with

    Teh tarik

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM5.00

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    Tunas Nasi Kandar View restaurant

    1228-Q Jalan Paya Terubong, 11060, Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    08:00AM—01:00AM
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    Zaly Roti JohnHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Tucked at the heart of Tasek Gelugor, Zaly Roti John is a perfect tea time snack or dinner. A long slab of bread is smeared with a batter of fresh eggs, heaped with shredded cabbage and carrot and liberally bathed with chili sauce and rich mayonnaise. Your eyes take in all the beauty of the messy presentation, which is about to get you finger licking and it’s always a good sign. Indeed, it’s worth another round.

    Tips

    Only take away

    Things to expect

    Reasonable and hearty food

    Best with

    Teh tarik

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM5.00

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    Kompleks Tasek Gelugor View restaurant

    Kompleks Tasek Gelugor, Tasek Gelugor,, 13300 , Butterworth, Penang
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:00PM—11:00PM
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