One of my favorite snacks has to be Roti John, or as we advertise, Big John. So why not call it Roti John on our menu? Well many of our customers have never come across the term Roti, or bread, and given that we do max out the traditional street food snack with the addition of Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber, we thought Big John would be an appropriate name for this Asian street food classic. The sandwich is traditionally made up of a French loaf sliced in half and toasted on the griddle, filled with egg, spiced mince meat and onion to make, what is basically a spicy omelette.
The trick then is to get the spicy omelette to stick to the butterflied bread, which takes quite a bit of skill and practice. The origins of the snack are a little blurred, many are unsure if it originated in Malaysia or Singapore. However, most agree that the name originated from street food vendors offering a bread based snack (Roti) to Caucasian service Men, commonly referred to as John, hence Roti John, or John’s Bread.