Roti prata is the Singaporean evolution of the Pakistani and Indian paratha, a pancake bread made
of dough composed of fat, egg, flour and water. Roti
Roti prata being prepared.
means bread in Hindi
most other North Indian languages and Malay
, while Prata
means flat. It is
traditionally served with curry
rarely, with sugar
or condensed milk
. In addition, although
consumed at any time of the day by some locals, the vast majority
tend to consume it as a late night or early morning dish,
particularly at 24-hour outlets.
There are two main types of the dish - the smaller but crispy
version (made famous by the Jalan Kayu chains) and the flatter and
more fluffy version common elsewhere. Both versions are prepared in
similar fashion - by flipping the dough into a large thin layer,
folding the outside edges inwards, before heating it on a hot
has evolved somewhat differently in Singapore and in Malaysia.
Singapore, economic affluence and cultural influences have created
variations reflective of the cosmopolitan character of the city.
For instance, it is common to find outlets serving roti
with flavourings as varied as garlic
, which, while common in Singapore, is
less so in Malaysia. Also, roti prata
variations are more
likely to be known by names such as cheese prata
rather than with a roti
mostly in the English language
More recently, the dish has also evolved to other sweeter and more
crispy variants such as "tissue" and "paper" which are pan-fried
with butter, rolled into a cone shape and spinkled with
the most famous outlets in Singapore include those located at Jalan Kayu, Upper
Thomson Road and Clementi Road
near the National University of
The roti prata
chain "The Best
Prata Shop" has outlets all over Singapore. Interestingly, there
are many prata shops that try to associate themselves as the
"original" Jalan Kayu prata shop, of which the real one is unknown.
Apparently, there is some prestige to roti prata stalls originating
from Jalan Kayu, a 200 meter long stretch of road in north-eastern
Singapore; two of the largest stalls along Jalan Kayu are fiercely
territorial, as witnessed by late night customers.
is known as roti
in northern and central Malaysia, but "roti prata" in