Pratas are a great 40th reason to be happy in Singapore.
Chewy doughy goodness was on my mind and I started craving for a cheese and egg prata. It was from a shop called RK in Serangoon Gardens, that I don’t think I’ll be revisiting because the servers there are just plain rude. I was shown the hand (as in talk to the hand) when I went to make an order. The server was more interested in making a phone call. Even when I went to pay, no one seemed interested and ignored me even though they were all just hanging around. It was so infuriating and I had a good mind to just walk away (but of course I didn’t). I waited till I could get their attention, and the guy grunted, bothered to have to calculate how much I should pay for the 1 prata (dough with ghee) and the Teh Alia (Indian Style Ginger Milk Tea). It was $3.80 Singapore dollars, by the way.
Meanwhile my partner was enjoying my suffering, because he found the whole episode very funny. He felt the special kind of service is part of the charm of having a prata at a roadside coffeeshop. It’s the whole authentic experience, he claims! In a begrudging way there is some truth to it (remember the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld?)
The prata was really chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside the way I like it. The artery clogging ghee (clarified butter) is what makes it taste so good.
I used only a little of the super oily fish curry which was pretty good, as I have a secret that my partner thinks I should be ashamed of. I’m Indian (we’re supposed to like curry a lot), but I like to eat my prata with sugar.
Another weird secret is, I never really liked prata till my colleague at work introduced to me how good prata tastes with sugar – like the best dessert ever! She told me it was how her Hainanese grandma loved to eat it. It’s not that I don’t like curry, I just like how prata goes with sugar.
We attempted to try to take a photo of the guy freshly preparing the prata, but this is all we could get.
Have a look at that greasy stall, typical of prata coffee-shops in Singapore. If you’re here and want to have an authentic travel experience, it’s a definite must do. Out of that place comes yummy stuff. And definitely include the Teh Alia which is milk tea that is poured from great heights repeatedly into one glass to another to get that bubble effect. Alia means ginger which is a spice I adore.
At some places the amount of ginger extract added is too little for you to feel the effect. Here the amount was ok, but I would have preferred it even stronger. When I make it at home I make sure it’s super strong. At the shops they use mostly condensed milk, but I use more fresh milk.