Our version of a dream pancake breakfast is a lot more crispy, definitely more oily, a little more savoury and best served hot and fresh. This versatile dish can also be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and an in-between snack. Take it with a side or curry or some sugar, there are also many ways to eat this local favourite. Sometimes with so much local food out there, it feels like we take roti prata for granted. Besides being ridiculously delicious, a good prata takes some serious skill as well, here are the ones we admire the most.
People talk about being 'extra' like it's a bad thing. Not if you're Springleaf Prata Place. Home to franken-pratas like the Murtaburger and Prata Alfredo, it is arguably the best place on the list for the most unconventional prata. Sometimes the wacky creations turn out to be so brilliant they become mainstays on the menu. Keep your eyes peeled for new creations.
TRY THIS... The mega Murtaburger ($7.90) of course that is prata stuffed with a burger patty and lots of cheese. Prata Blaster ($5) is a take on eggs benedict but the bread is replaced with crispy prata, as well as the Umami 50 ($8.90), an egg prata with luncheon meat, cheese, chicken floss and mayo.
One of Singapore's best kept secrets, this small stall is only open on weekdays and even so, tends to run out pretty early so it might take you a few tries before you finally get to try it. It's all in the actual name of the shop, really. The prata kosongs here are super crispy on the outside and much fluffier on the inside. It may sound and look so simple but there's a reason why people keep returning to this gem in Joo Chiat.
TRY THIS... What else? Start with a short stack of the roti prata kosong.
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into this Jalan Kayu establishment is the big ass signs proclaiming them to be the best prata around. Bit of a long shot but the 24-hour prata place does serve up pretty decent prata, albeit a little on the pricier side.
TRY THIS... Keep it simple with the classic egg prata ($1.80) is fluffy and soft and best eaten warm.
Mr Prata, located near Evans Lodge and a stone’s throw from the Botanic Gardens, churns out prata and rich curries to many a hungry soul in need of a 4am food-fix. The modest alfresco-dining establishment may be lacking comfort, but makes up for it with its diverse menu and brisk service. At the last count, more than 40 prata festooned the menu, complemented by both meat and vegetarian curry dishes from all over India, naan bread from the tandoor, and Singaporecentric fusions (see Mee & Meehoon Mix Goreng). Wash it all down with a manly Milo Godzilla and you’ll be complete – at least till tomorrow, same time, same place.
TRY THIS... The fancy tissue prata ($2) or the selection of murtabak (from $7) to fill you up.
On any given night (or morning) this coffee shop is packed to the rafters, a favourite spot to swing by for supper or post-clubbing/pre-dawn fuel. Happy and hungry punters tuck into favourite local dishes served, before finishing it all off with a super-sized Milo dinosaur or teh cino. But a main staple at this coffee shop? The roti prata stall of course.
TRY THIS... The prata kosong here is more on the doughy side (our favourite kind) but still cooked well. Another must-try is also the fun-sized coin prata.
Queues are long but that's okay if you've got patient and loyal customers like this one. Everything is made fresh from when you order so things might take a while. Despite the store name, what's a hit here is really the egg prata. Thick, fluffy and fresh, who needs cafe pancakes anyway?
TRY THIS... Yeah, go ahead, try the cheese prata ($2) as well but do indulge in some egg pratas as ($1.50) too.
Go local with prata and teh tarik at The Roti Prata House, another classic long-running prata shop in Singapore. There are over 80 varieties of prata to choose, including ice cream, milo, durian and even a bomb cheese kaya prata – but we suggest sticking to the coin prata set.
TRY THIS... The coin prata set ($7) complete with a curry will always be a classic.