I’ve seen these “Rotti Bun” places before but never paid them, no nevermind. But today, at a rest stop on our way to Busan and out of the corner of my eye I saw a lady spiraling a swirl of icing on a pan of buns. The smell of sweet dough filled the air. I was intrigued.
There were two bun flavors at the rest stop Rotti. “Rotti bun” and Vanilla. I got one of each.
I sat down with my two rottis. They didn’t look special. For one thing, there was no icing on them. (What the? Where’d it go?) But I’m not one to waste a bread treat. Had to try it.
I took a bite of the “Rotti” rotti bun flavor. It was warm. Ummm….It was sweet. Ummm…And it was buttery.
Oh my gosh, this thing is delicious!
I took another bite. Umm…And another. It reminds me of something. It takes me a while to figure out what it is but then I do. It reminds me of my mom’s monkey bread. The parts at the bottom that didn’t get all the gooeyness, but are big, soft and fluffy with a little sugary crunch to them. Delightful. Just delightful.
The vanilla one is not quite as delicious. I think because it didn’t have the crisp, melted sugar shell of the rotti flavor. (I’m guessing that’s what the lady was swirling on pre-baking.) But, the other one….the other one. Well, let’s just say I know what I’m getting at our next rest stop pit stop.
Since writing this I realize that it was Roti Boy, not Rotti Bun, that I was seeing everywhere. In fact, there’s one right as you enter Itaewon coming from the gas station gate. I don’t know if it’s quite as delicious as Rotti Bun, but I’m willing to give it a shot. My internet research tells me rotti buns are originally Malaysian treats. Can any Malaysians out there confirm this? And that a few years ago they were a hot food craze here in Korea.
Thank you Korea for introducing me to some rotti goodness!
Directions: These directions are for Roti Boy since I’m not sure where to find a Rotti Bun besides a rest stop. From Yongsan gas station/Itaewon gate. Cross the street into Itaewon. Roti Boy is at on the right hand side of the street before Mickey D’s.