Oh praise the heavens, infinity and beyond! I have found my favourite roti prata place in Singapore. The rather famous Sin Ming Roti Prata serves up really crispy yet fluffy prata with just the right amount of chew. And pairs it up with some really good curry - the fish one is extra tasty. Texture, taste, aroma, appearance - this prata excels in all important aspects!
The egg version is also quite tasty, goes very well with the curries. It isn't soggy and still retains a small amount of crispiness on the outside.
They have a wide variety of fillings for the prata (even cashew nuts, sardine or strawberry). We took the cheese-mushroom one and I was glad to see they didn't stint on ingredients. There was enough cheese inside to coat the whole prata but not cloyingly so. Delicious even on its own.
We also packed some nasi briyani back for lunch - fish, chicken and mutton. A lot of people eat this there, and I saw that the rice looked nice. Even after steeping in its own heat as takeaway, the rice grains retained their fluffiness and bite. Beautifully fragrant with lots of chopped herbs, shallots and spices!
I got a huge bowl of mutton curry for my portion. All the curries are thick, flavourful and very satisfying. The fish one was particularly tangy, the chicken was decent but I think I still preferred my mutton version best - the meat too, was meltingly tender. Best of all, I did not get any "jelak" (satiated) feeling even after polishing off my entire meal.
So there you go, two nice specialties from one shop. Next time I go, I will whack 3 prata kosongs for myself alone and maybe share a briyani. Hehe. Oh, yes, be prepared to queue on weekends, possibly for more than half an hour. But it is worth it. Alternatively go after 10.30am when the breakfast crowd tapers off.
The small army of guys there operate very efficiently, and are still friendly despite having to cope with so many customers. No loss of graciousness either - despite being a self-service joint (and a busy one at that), one boss carried my orders to my table because I was pregnant. I didn't have to lift a finger. They also helped families who had many little children. How rare to get such service in the heartlands. Thumbs up!
SIN MING ROTI PRATA
Block 24 Sin Ming Drive #01-51
Open daily 6.30am - 8pm (website now says 8pm although I remember they closed at 1.30pm previously and run out sometimes even before lunchtime)