Prata is one of my favourite local foods. Why? It’s comfort food and it’s so versatile; there are literally unlimited ways of enjoying it – plain, with an egg, with butter and sugar … the list is endless. Plus, it tastes great whether you’re having it for breakfast, lunch or supper.
There are several famous prata stalls in Singapore – some of which have held their “Best Prata” reputation for decades – but how well do they stack up when pitted against each other? Three of the Material World founders (myself, Deborah and Lili) put them to the test! We even threw in a couple of lesser-known ones just for good measure. You’re welcome.
(Note: In the interest of fair competition, we ordered plain prata at each of the stalls. The pratas were rated based on taste, temperature, texture, freshness and grease factor.)
1. Thasevi Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant
239 Jalan Kayu
Deborah: “The prata arrived at our table warm but not piping hot. Nonetheless, it tasted freshly made without a blatant ghee taste. The slightly chewy texture was quite addictive – can totally see myself eating more than one.”
Lili: “It doesn’t seem oily at all, and I like its slightly chewy texture.”
Vanessa: “The prata isn’t oily, which is great, but I prefer crispier pratas. This was a tad too doughy for my liking.”
2. Casuarina Curry Restaurant
138 Casuarina Road
Deborah: “This taste test was the first time I ate at Casuarina. A lot of people have said the prata is good so I was expecting the angels to start singing when I took my first bite. Spoiler alert: it did not happen. But still, by local prata standards, it is one of the best I’ve tried.”
Lili: “The prata here has the right balance between crispy and chewy.”
Vanessa: “The prata is fresh, and full of flavour, but I found it a bit too greasy. Also, the curry that came with it was way too thick and spicy.”
3. The Roti Prata House
246M Upper Thomson Road
Deborah: “Horribly oily. I do not see the appeal of this prata. Totally undeserving of its crowd.”
Lili: “I felt like I needed a three-day green tea-only detox to wash down the oil after eating half of this prata.”
Vanessa: “I don’t know what those two are going on about – Thomson Prata is my all-time favourite! The prata is crispy and flaky, which I love, though I admit it could do with a little less oil.”
4. Har Yassin 24hrs Restaurant
44 & 46 Changi Road
Deborah: “We stumbled upon this prata stall by accident. Located just across the road from Geylang Serai Market, the prata here is fluffy, fresh and the accompanying daal was tasty.”
Lili: ” It tastes and looks the most authentic of the lot – this prata was made to rip apart with your fingers.”
Vanessa: “I thought the prata here wasn’t as tasty, although it paired with with the accompany curry, which was full of flavour.”
5. Mr Prata
26 Evans Road
Deborah: “This is our go-to breakfast joint after boot camp on Saturdays. The prata is made fresh, and is equal parts crispy and chewy.”
Lili: “I find the prata here a bit too oily but at least it tastes fresh.”
Vanessa: “I like the slightly crispy consistency of this prata, and the curry that it comes with has a tanginess that complements it perfectly.”
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The food here featured was paid for by Material World and this taste test was conducted at no one’s request. All opinions are our own.
About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Her favourite local food are roti prata, laksa and basically anything curry-related. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.