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Apr 27, 2013 09:07 AM

Singapore - The Legendary Jalan Kayu Roti Prata from Thasevi

Roti prata - the light, crisp Singapore version of the Indian paratha - is one of the my favourite breakfast food of all time. Heck, I can have it for lunch, dinner, supper or in-between meal snacks.

And there's no prata spot in the whole of Singapore more famous than Thasevi in Jalan Kayu, off Yio Chu Kang Road. Ever since it started serving its crisp, saucer-sized pratas in 1960, Thasevi has become synonymous with "Jalan Kayu Roti Prata" and Singaporeans will come from all four corners of the island to sample its wares.

There've been many other "pretenders" at Jalan Kayu - first, it was Katriyya (whose spot is now taken over by Thoriyyah) and its newer next-door rival Cafeela. There was even one which opened right next door to Thasevi itself and incredulously named itself "Jalan Kayu Roti Prata Restaurant" - how's that for a brazen in-your-face charlatan? It didn't last long. Folks in-the-know can never be fooled.

I *loved* Thasevi's pratas like no other. There are better spots for pratas these days in Singapore, of course, but - for me - Thasevi's crisp pratas, served with its fall-off-the-bone-tender curried chicken is the stuff of my (food) dreams. I've been coming here for nearly 40 years, and I can attest that its culinary standards had not changed much, despite what many detractors claim. I mean, come on, I lived in Seletar Hills, and Thasevi is a mere 10-minutes' drive away! Close enough for my family to be more than just regulars.

Met up with an old friend for breakfast at Thasevi this morning, and we had:
- Pratas (plain, of course)
- Curried chicken - as good as always
- Lamb meatball curry - delish!
- Teh tarik - frothy, milky "pulled" tea.


Address details
Thasevi Food Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant
237 & 239 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799461
Tel: +65 64811537

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  1. This is a real oldie, they used to sell their prata for 60 cents each 20 years ago. Now I think it's $1 each. I don't think I've ever seen the lamb meatball before - good?

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    1. I'm in Singapore for 3 months, so I will check it out. Last weekend we went to Mr and Mrs Mohgan's super crispy roti prata (7 crane rd), and I thought the roti prata was excellent w the fish curry. I asked for my prata made w 2 doughs and crispy and it was excellent, and it was a very friendly place. I love prata.

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      1. re: debbieann

        debbieann, many of us in Singapore have our own favourite prata man in our own neighbourhood. Thasevi's prata is good and they are the ones who "invented" the small crispy prata, which may not be the best-tasting prata you ever had, but worth a journey there to experience where it all began.

        I live near the Tanglin area, and my favourite prata place is either the one at Botanic Gardens food centre in Cluny Road or else Mr Prata at Evans Road.

      2. i love roti prata, i remember when i studied aboard in singapore there was a place by NUS that i used to go to for cheese prata, super popular with students....used to love it

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        1. re: Lau

          The Cheese Prata Shop in Clementi? It started in 1998, and still going strong :-)

          1. re: klyeoh

            yah i think thats the one, i ate there so many times when i was studying in singapore haha

            1. re: Lau

              You all must be talking about Abdul Bashir Saidek Niqqi's The Cheese Prata Shop. A friend introduced this place to me years ago when we went marketing at Clementi. I thought the cheese prata is nice, especially with the fish curry.

              1. re: M_Gomez

                i can never remember what it was called, but it was open late, we would go there all the time after drinking to get cheese prata, everyone just referred to it as cheese prata...delicious

                it was always packed with NUS students (cheap + delicious + close to NUS)

                1. re: Lau

                  Indeed - that's Niqqi's Cheese Prata shop. The shop's open 24 hours, and they used Aussie cheddar to stuff their pratas. Also serves roti John, mee goreng, murtabak, etc., but the cheese prata (the owner's mum's recipe) is the winner.

                  1. re: klyeoh

                    mmm yah thats the place...i should go there next time im there, i havent been there in over a decade

                    someone should seriously open one of those places in NY, i think they'd kill it

        2. The roti at Thasevi is great, but it's the chicken curry here that *really* does it for me.

          We rode the bus out here one morning for breakfast (actually second breakfast, but who's counting...). It was quiet when we arrived. The early laborer crowd had already come and gone, and the local tech workers were still on their way to work (and probably company cafeterias).

          We shared roti onion, roti telur, roti paper and chicken curry. The pratas were properly crisp on the outside, not oily, and nicely fluffy on the inside. Roti paper was also very crisp, and so thin, but didn't shatter - it held its shape, and I had to break bits off. Wonderful stuff.

          But the chicken curry is out of this world. The meat was really tender, just a tap with a spoon to knock some off the bone, and it was flavorful even without the sauce. The sauce itself was delicious enough that I was eating it with a spoon even when I was out of roti. It had just the slightest touch of heat.

          Milo dinosaur was the beverage of choice. It's iced milo with powdered milo sprinkled on top, which you can crunch with the ice. An essential part of a nutritious breakfast.

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          1. re: stravaigint

            whoa that milo dinosaur is kind of crazy haha

            1. re: stravaigint

              The Milo dinosaur was invented by Katriyya which was also on Jalan Kayu just a few years back. It's now renamed Thohirah but the food is still as good.

              1. re: M_Gomez

                i dont think ive ever had one...but i want to try it now haha