Friday, April 18, 2008

Prata anyone?

While on the plane back to Singapore, Wife and I spent some time to make a list on the stuff to do back home. She did the admin list while I pondered over the list of ultimate importance... what local food to eat.

You can take the Singaporean out of Singapore but never Singapore out of a Singaporean! Just type "food" in the google search box on your right and search under 'Singaporean in London' and you'll see what I mean.

Anyway, I was so desperate that we took off in a cab the moment we dumped our luggage at our place. First stop: Jalan Kayu.

Those who are familiar with Singapore food will know why we were there for. Never mind that it's already 1am in the morning, never mind that the cab fare (which has recently risen) would include a midnight charge, never mind that we would probably be nursing a bad stomach the next day. I just want a nice roti prata and of course, a mandatory cup of teh tarik.

Realising that I've forgotten to take a picture of the S$1.50 (56p or US$1.15) dish, I whipped out my trusty Nokia and took a quick snap before wolfing down the remains.

Roti Prata, or what our Malaysian friends would call Roti Canai, was sold in Covent Garden during the Malaysian food fare in 2007. A similar piece went for a whopping 4.5 pounds!

Those of you who are having it for breakfast at home every other day, show some respect to that piece of dough!

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10 comments:

SheR. said...

Yes please!! With nice fish curry to go along. And of course Teh Tarik!!
I never miss this dish each time I went home! Always my favourite!!!!

C K said...

It's really the curry, isn't it? Prata is nothing without that. To think that I used to eat prata with sugar when I was a kid. :P

eastcoastlife said...

The standard of the old Jalan Kayu prata stall's food has dropped. I now go to the new stall at the end.

How long would you be back?

C K said...

@ECL
Likewise, I normally patronise the one at the end of the street, closer to Seletar Camp. Haha, who knows, we could have been there at the same time!

I've tried the 'original' stall once... and that was enough. :(

Alas! I'm back in London already... now trying to recollect my thoughts and posting them on this blog.

Deb said...

CK, I can sympathetise. I blog about my frequent travels out of Singapore and much as I like Filipino or Thai food, there's really no food like the stuff I love in our hawker centres.

kyh said...

What's the difference between roti canai and roti prata huh? I've heard of prata before, but we're too used to calling the dish as roti canai here, assuming both are the names for the same dish.

C K said...

@kyh
You got that right. Canai and prata are one and the same. I made the mistake of ordering prata in Melaka and got a blank stare...

Dutchie said...

I had my food list ready ! My family usually takes us straight for a grand "chow-down" minutes after we landed.

I've been told that the prata in Thomson is great. They r small round pastries instead of the square ones. They oso deep fry it to the size of a big fritter which is too greasy for our taste. Best of all r the meaty side dishes n of course the indian ginger tea !

C K said...

@deb,
Sorry I missed your comment.

But of late, the amount of msg used in our hawker centre food have really put me off them...

C K said...

@dutchie,
Oh yeah... so try out Jalan Kayu's pratas the next time you're back. Wife and I went there the very night we touched down in Singapore... mainly because we couldn't sleep due to jet lag. Oh well...