A young man has perfected the art of making "flying roti canai" and this has gained him attention on social media, specifically YouTube. -- ABNOR HAMIZAM

Jelebu: A young man has perfected the art of making "flying roti canai" and this has gained him attention on social media, specifically YouTube.

It all started when Mohd Fareez Amran, 24, from Kampung Kelembang, Ulu Jelebu, here, started work as a restaurant helper in Melaka in 2012.

He said it took him six months to learn how to make the "flying roti canai".

"At that time, I used two kilos of flour solely to learn and develop my skills after being fascinated by other professional acts on YouTube.

"To make the perfect roti canai that can fly, the dough needs to be properly combined, and complemented by quick hand movements and focused eyes,” he said.

Mohd Fareez said he however almost lost his skills after quitting the business in 2016 to care for his cancer-stricken father.

“He died the same year. The economy too was uncertain at that time, so I decided to take a break from selling roti canai,” he added.

Mohd Fareez said to make ends meet, he did various works in his village, before deciding to make a business comeback.

“I had to sharpen my skills in preparing flying roti canai again. This time, the focus is on making the perfect dough based on my own recipe so that it can easily float in the air."

Mohd Fareez said the flying roti canai had been the main attraction among customers, especially village folks. He now sells over 200 pieces of roti canai everyday.

In addition, Mohd Fareez also prepares other dishes such as fried rice and fried noodles.

"My business starts from 4pm until 1am. I am assisted by my brother who prepares the drinks for customers," he added.

One regular customer Norazli Paat, 40, said he loves to eat roti canai at the restaurant not only for its delicious taste, but also to watch Mohd Fareez’s "performance".

“He is a friend of mine, so I guess, this is one way of supporting his business,” he added.