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Roti Mataba

Posted date:  November 8, 2007


Roti Mataba is the name of restaurant on Thanon Phra Athit that has been made extremely popular by its place in the Lonely Planet guide. It used to be quite good, but standards have dipped in recent years and I’d not really recommend it any more. The Roti Mataba I’m mentioning today is an entirely different place.

Found around the corner next to Thammasat University, this Roti Mataba is located at the beginning of the impossibly narrow alleyway known as the Tha Phra Chan Market. We were simply here for a snack, and ordered a mataba (pictured above), a Thai-Muslim dish similar to a stuffed pancake. This one was filled with minced chicken that had been mixed with a delicious ‘curry’ mixture and egg. Mataba are always served with ajaat, a sweet/sour dipping sauce that includes sliced chilies (the mild type) and cucumber.

The restaurant itself is tiny cave-like affair:

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and since there’s no ventilation, and virtually everything the restaurant makes is fried, the entire place is coated with a thin film of oil. It’s also very hot, but despite all this, it really is an ideal place for a snack, as they serve a huge variety of drinks, as well as every imaginable type of Thai snack-type food, including hoy thord (fried oysters), spring rolls, som tam, and in particular, yam plaa duk foo:


the salad of crispy deep-fried catfish.

Roti Mataba Tha Phra Chan (Google Maps link)
081 309 6780

6 Comments for Roti Mataba

Roti Mataba looks like a Malaysian equivalent Murtabak! Absolutely delicious!

This is Murtabak for sure…but in Malaysia, the filling is beef.

Murtabak can be stuffed with an assortment of meats. My favourite is sardines which is delicious with the fish/chicken curry dip. Will show you where to tuck into one of these when you’re next here, Austin!

by looking at the map and your pic i think this is where i went back in october.. if you go upstairs, there is aircon.

Thanks for the tip on the other mataba place, I’ve been going to the one on Phra Athit for years, but will try the new spot next time

I think on Praartit road. it’s much better. Don’t u know thatThar Prachan one is copied the original. Can’t u tell from the look of the stuffing inside?

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