For those who do not know what Roti Prata is, Roti means ‘bread’, and Prata or paratha means ‘flat’ in Hindi language.
It is South-Indian flat bread made by frying stretched dough flavoured with ghee (Indian clarified butter), typically served with fish or mutton curry.
Roti Prata is a well-loved hawker food in Singapore. Also known as “roti canai” in other parts of Southeast Asia, the Indian-influenced flatbread dish is usually served with curry or dal.
However, you do find more creative savoury and sweet variations, filled with cheese, bananas, or even chocolate.
The prata is typically crispy outside and doughy inside, making it a flexible choice for breakfast, lunch, snack, or supper (I usually have it for breakfast or supper – it just tastes ‘better’.)
Here are 10 well-loved Roti Prata places in Singapore for you to dabao: (Note: Places visited before the “Circuit Breaker”, and opening/closing hours may differ from usual timings. There are Roti Prata shops I would have wanted to include, but shall do so after the CB period.)
Sin Ming Roti Prata
#01, 24 Sin Ming Road, 51 Jin Fa Kopitiam, Singapore 570024
Tel: +65 6453 3893
Opening Hours: 7am – 6:30pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat – Sun), Closed Alternate Fri
Although Sin Ming Roti Prata has an unassuming presence with a small corner area of a Jin Fa kopitiam, it still holds its own when it comes to popularity and a dedicated customer base. (Actually, there are many other good stalls here such as the Chicken Rice and Popiah.)
Sin Ming Roti Prata happens to get both its prata and curries done well, so I would be happy to name this one of my favourite Prata stalls in Singapore.
Be ready to stand in tediously long queues for the most part during peak hours, but it is quite worth the wait.
Run by father and son team Aziz and Faisal, their signature Coin Prata set ($4 for 6 pieces) shaped like mini-crispy pancakes has a bit of a complicated preparation and they make it fresh on order. (Okay, I didn’t get to eat this because uncle told me ”no time to make”. Orh.)
Both the plain and egg prata had different merits, but were crispy, slightly chewy and fluffy at the same time.
They use the traditional methods of making the dough with no ghee or milk. Give it a dip on the absolutely-delicious fish curry with a tinge of sourness.
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
Tin Yeang Restaurant, 300 Joo Chiat Road (beside Dunman Food Centre) Singapore 427551
Tel: +65 9794 3124
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 1pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata has widely been recognised to serve up the best crispy Prata in Singapore. Yes, they moved 500 metres from their old stall at Crane Road.
However, the stall is super popular and is often sold out by noon time. During peak weekend morning hours, be prepared to wait up to an hour for your food.
The Plain Prata is still sold affordably at $1, with choices of Egg ($1.50), Onion ($15.0), Plaster ($1.50), Mushroom ($2), Cheese ($2), Egg Onion ($2), Cheese Egg Mushroom ($3.50) and more.
Mr Mohgan is the guy flipping the prata (his assistants will sometimes do the frying), while Mrs Mohgan is the poker-faced one taking the orders. You don’t want her to say, ”No more already…. Sold out.”
Moral of the story: go very early in the morning.
The Plain Prata had a delightful crispy exterior (won’t say it was earth-shattering crispy), but good enough) with a tinge of tasty saltiness, contrasted with fluffy and light interior. Not too oily on the lips.
The curries tasted lacklustre and lukewarm though, while the sambal chilli was the ‘power’ accompaniment to have.
Springleaf Prata Place
1 Thong Soon Avenue, Singapore 787431
Tel: +65 6459 5670, 8119 2297
Opening Hours: 8am – 12am (Mon – Sun), Closed every first Mon of the month
Other outlets at
57B Jalan Tua Kong, The Rail Mall, JCube B1-11, Sunset Way 01-64, NeWest Condo
Springleaf Prata Place at Thong Soon Avenue is a one-stop air-conditioned family restaurant that is popular with families, with a number of branches all over Singapore (57B Jalan Tua Kong, The Rail Mall, JCube B1-11, Sunset Way 01-64, NeWest Condo.)
A highlight would be their “Ultimate Hawkerfest” category. They first created the “Ultimate Murtabak” ($8.90, $13.90) in 2012 in conjunction with the special Hawkerfest event, but became so well-received they launched one new creative item every year.
A best-seller would be 2013’s “Murtaburger” ($8.50) which is a combination between the lamb-filled murtabak and Ramly burger. 2017’s Prata Alfredo ($10.90) of chunky rosemary smoked chicken tossed in a prata filled with creamy Alfredo sauce, sprinkled with fresh button mushrooms and mozzarella cheese also piqued my curiosity.
I much enjoyed the Umami-50 ($9.90) which was included with a number of ‘comfort’ ingredients such as luncheon meat, egg, chicken floss, mozzarella cheese and MAYO within.
136-138 Casuarina Road, Singapore 579526
Tel: +65 6455 9093
Opening Hours: 7am – 11:30pm (Mon – Sun)
I guess the most famous restaurant at Casuarina Road is Casuarina Curry Restaurant itself. It has branches at 20 Sixth Avenue and 187 MacPherson Road (beside UOB Bank).
They serve a variety of Indian cuisines, roti prata being the most famous. I loved the general vibe and atmosphere of the place (though slightly dark), which seemed ideal for family and friends meetups over Indian food and drinks.
The service is swift, and menu is quite expansive, serving anything from Double Egg Prata ($3.40), Plaster Cheese Prata ($4.40), Sausage Roll ($4.20), Mushroom Onion Prata ($4.40), Garlic Cheese Prata ($4.50), to Double Egg Sausage Prata ($5.40).
Price is slightly on the steep side though.
The Prata is moderately crisp, slightly more to the doughy side. Quality is consistent, matched with tasty curries.
321 Alexandra Rd, Mall, #01-02 Alexandra Central, Singapore 159971
Tel: +65 8268 8210
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Would I call this a hidden gem? Maybe. Perhaps you have yet to hear about this Prata place, and Alexandra Central is not a mall people frequent, but this little shop has a fanbase.
This is one of the few Prata places that stay open through the day till 12am, which means that you can enjoy hot and delicious Prata almost at any time of the day.
Maybe you wouldn’t expect much from Prata served in a mall, but you can tell how crispy and appetising they are just by looking at the exterior, with golden spots and buttery filling.
Slightly on the sweet side, and a tad oily. But all’s good.
Tanglin Halt Roti Prata
#01-365 141049, 49 Tanglin Halt Rd, Block 49, Singapore 142049
Tel: +65 9794 3124
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 3pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
There are two queues here – one to dine-in, the other to dabao. The takeaway line which is along the roadside can be quite long.
If you want to get your hands on their delectable Roti Prata, make sure that you get to the stall early in the morning as they run out quite fast.
The family business has their own homemade recipe passed down from generations to bring you authentic and traditional taste.
I found the Prata a bit thinner than the others I have tried, with a noticeable fragrance from being fried in ghee. More to the doughy side, I wished it was crispier. Not the best, but not too bad.
Their chicken curry and curry rice are also quite famous.
Rahmath Cheese Prata
Toa Payoh Vista Market, #01-08, 74 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310074
Tel: +65 8712 9115
Opening Hours: 6am – 2:30pm (Tues – Sun), 6am – 1:30pm (Mon)
Rahmath Cheese Prata is a very famous stall at Tao Payoh. It attracts a swarm of customers every morning with delicious roti prata variety that makes for a wholesome and filling breakfast.
The hidden gem of the food centre serves fresh prata with every order, and you’d see the chef rolling and frying away like a busy bee without a break.
The signature Prata to get include the Cheese Prata ($2) and Cheese Prata with Egg to be dipped in mutton curry.
Complete with fragrant and springy eggy fillings.
The Roti Prata House
246 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Tel: +65 6459 5260
Opening Hours: 7am – 2am (Mon – Thurs, Sun) 7am – 4am (Fri – Sat)
You won’t miss the signboard that says “The Best Crispy Prata. Recommended by The New Paper.”
Residents around Upper Thomson area should be familiar with this shop, a quaint coffeeshop with an overwhelmingly expansive menu.
There are two long columns for Prata itself, serving anything from Chocolate Cheese ($4), Honey Prata ($3), Milo Butter ($4), Milk Paper ($2.50), Blueberry Bomb Kaya ($2.50), Pineapple Cheese ($4), to Tomato Cheese ($4).
They also have other Indian dishes like Biryani and various curries, along with cold and hot beverages.
There is a good variety, though the Prata I had was not as hot as I wished it would be, and on the doughy side and rather plain. Maybe they used to be better in the past, or are better with the fancier choices.
Enaq The Prata Shop
Block 303 Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303
Tel: +65 6899 0842
Opening Hours: 7am – 10:30pm (Mon) 7am – 11pm (Tues – Sun)
Enaq located at Jurong East Street 32, has been popular with supper-goers for its crispy-style Roti Prata.
There are some fanciful fillings for the Prata such as Kaya, Hotdog Cheese, Honey Banana, Chocolate, Kaya, Peanut Butter, to Milky Gem (?).
Each is priced from $1.90 for the egg to $3.00 for the Hot Dog Egg.
The star was the Plain Kosong Prata ($1.20, min 2). Eat the piece fresh and hot, before it gets soggy.
Somehow the exterior was just thinly crisp contrasted with fluffy interior. Tasty on its own, with faint sweetness. The sensation was almost like having puff pastry.
Not overly oily too.
Interestingly, they also included sambal chilli along with curry as dips. Mixing both added another dimension.
Y.R.A Rasool Fatimah
ABC Brickworks Food Centre #01-10, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
(Note: ABC Food Centre is closed for renovations.)
Few customers would have known this “YR Ahmad” stall is actually listed in the Michelin Guide with a “Michelin Plate” for a consecutive number of years.
The stall serves up a wide variety of Indian-Muslim food from Mee Goreng ($3.50), Nasi Goreng Merah ($3.50), Mee Hoon Goreng Puteh Ikan Billis ($4.00), Tulang Merah ($6 onwards), Mutton Chop ($5.50) and Mutton Soup ($5.00).
Y.R.A Rasool Fatimah also sells Prata without too many fanciful options, such as plain ($1.00), onion ($1.20), egg ($1.50), egg and onion ($1.70), cheese ($2), cheese with egg ($2.50) and chocolate.
Similarly, the egg prata I had did not have that distinct crispiness with much layered fluffiness, but was towards the chewier side.
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