Jade has done some great services to us all by offering up the Surat Soup Challenge and then giving a lengthy, detailed breakdown of Massaman Roti, quite possibly the best dish in Thailand. However, as he pointed out, this is a dish that incites passion among the SE teachers, and I feel compelled to respond to his slanderous accusations toward Rajutid Massaman Roti.
Where to even begin? Let’s start with the sauce consistency. Jade did rate Rajutid’s sauce as better, but only mentioned that it’s “thicker”… let’s uncover the whole truth about it. Not only is the consistency of this curry absolutely perfect, it even redefines the norm. You may think you’ve experienced this phenomenon elsewhere, but this dish will certainly change your mind. It’s a 14 out of 10. No joke.
Next up – the meat. Yes, the beef at Muslim Massaman is pretty good. But it’s inconsistent. Sometimes it’s fantastic, some of the best beef in town (which isn’t really saying too much). But other times, I’ve gotten a few big chunks that turned out to be nothing but bone and gristle. Not sure how that’s considered top-notch, unless you’ve picked up some eating habits from a friendly Thai street dog. And Rajutid Massaman – “slimy chicken”? “SLIMY?!” Come on, Jade. As much as I love this dish, I’ll be the first to admit the chicken isn’t perfect. Sometimes it even diminishes the greatness of the meal. And I think I’d even give a slight edge to Muslim Massaman. But “slimy chicken” is an outrage! I won’t sit by and take it! I demand a retaste!
Moving on – let’s talk about the taste. Got no problem with Jade’s comments, except let’s take away the “overly” from “overly sweet”. Rajutid and Muslim Massaman have different styles – one spicier, the other sweeter. I’m a spicy food fanatic but I’d still give the edge to Rajutid. It’s just that good!
And how about that roti? Fair enough, Jade. I agree it’s pretty close, so depending on your taste you might like either. They’re both great. But again, I’ll take the one at Rajutid – a perfect blend of doughy, flaky, crispy goodness – just as a roti should be.
When it comes to price and portion size, Jade’s spot on. Although, as mentioned, the dish at Rajutid is sometimes better without the meat – in which case you can knock 10 baht off that price and enjoy an amazing plate for only 30 baht. Or eat two!
So give them both a try. Weigh in with your two baht. But I think if you close your eyes and just let the experience of the meal wash over your soul, you’ll concur that there ain’t no beating Rajutid Massaman Roti.