Roti Jala

by Hoohla
Roti Jala

Roti Jala is lacy/net crepes. The texture is the same as french crepes as it is pan-fried on a hot pan. Think of it like crepes, except you could taste coconut milk it in.

Yellow, as it is infused with turmeric powder. Like Roti Canai, Roti Jala is eaten with curries of any kind, but the most common is Chicken Curry.
In Malaysia, Roti Jala is sold at Malay hawker stalls, or even some high-end Malaysian cuisine restaurants as it is one of the unique and traditional Malaysian dishes.

So how is Roti Jala made? How do you make a crepe with gaps and holes in between? You need a mold, like this.

The mold looks basically like a cup with a holder, and with few holes on the bottom. The crepe mixture will be poured into the mold and then you quickly swirl around a few times to create the crepe on a hot plate.
Upon removal from the hot plate, the roti is folded into square, “V” shape, or roll it up. You can use squeeze sauce bottle as a replacement of the actual mold, how fascinating!


Roti Jala

Roti Jala

Roti Jala, literally meaning “Net Bread”, is a popular Malay tea time snack served with curry dishes which can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The roti jala is a pretty dish that looks like a lace doily due to the way it is made.

  • Author: Hoohla
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 15 to 18 Roti Jala 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Malaysia


250 g plain flour sifted

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

320 ml thin coconut milk



Place sifted flour in a mixing bowl. Add salt. Stir in the beaten egg and coconut milk.

Using a whip, mix until the mixture becomes smooth. If needed, strain the batter to remove any lumpy bits.

Pour the mixture into the squeeze sauce bottle.

Lightly grease a non-stick pan and place it over low heat. Squeeze the mixture while moving in a circular motion to produce a lacy pattern. After 1 minute, flip the pancake over to cook the other side.

When both sides are cooked, fold in half, then another half to form a “V” shape. Remove from hot pan onto a plate.


This recipe makes 15 to 18 Roti Jala depending on the size of the crepe.

Keywords: Roti Jala

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