Have you ever had Roti Boyan? It's something our Singaporean readers will probably be more familiar with. This popular snack is essentially a pie with a crispy exterior and savoury potato and egg filling that's delicious and often eaten with sambal on the side. It's a yummy dish that you should definitely try making at home, and you're in luck, MasterChef Singapore finalist Shamsydar Ani that has a great recipe that originally comes from her mother! The recipe gives you a great step-by-step look at how to make Roti Boyan.
The name Roti Boyan comes from the fact that the dish originates from Bawean Island in Indonesia. A number of Baweanese people migrated to Singapore in the 19th century, forming a large portion of the Malay community that lives here today. According to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (who shared Shamsydar's recipe and other tips for making it)
, Europeans in Singapore mispronounced Bawean as "Boyan", and the name stuck for the community of people and thus this dish 🤔
Credit: Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth on Facebook In any case, the delicious nature of the dish hasn't changed. While it's not always easy to get your
hands on Roti Boyan (even in Singapore!), you can now make it from the comfort of your home. Get Shamsydar's full recipe available on her blog here
. You can also follow her Instagram to see the other beautiful dishes that she creates
Credit: Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth on Facebook
Roti Boyan is a snack with a great history behind it, a part of the cultural and culinary landscape of Singapore. And there's nothing like enjoying one piping hot! We hope you give Shamsydar's recipe a try and enjoy this yummy dish 😍