Scrumptious Singapore: Roti Prata

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Both the unblogged photos in my “Singapore” folder and my friend DoublyHappy’s fabulous Singapore photos have given me a swift kick in the booty – I need to finish my Singapore posts!  Additionally, I’ll be returning to Singapore next month to take even more food pictures, so I’ve got to clear my current backlog.  Next month I’ll be posting about some of the special Chinese New Year foods in Singapore, so stay tuned!  But first, I’d like to share with you the wonderful world of roti prata.  Singapore’s  demographic mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian leads to a plethora of food options and variety, with roti prata being a prime example.

Roti prata is traditionally a South Indian food, but it has been embraced and a part of Singaporean cuisine for as far back as my Singaporean foodie friends can remember.  Reminiscent of a crepe or pancake, roti is fried on a flat grill.   In fact, part of the fun is watching the quick and efficient preparation. For some reason, roti has been traditionally been prepared by men, as you can see here:

As the above pictures show, curry is a popular accompaniment for roti.  I sampled both chicken curry and mutton curry:

The curry was more flavorful than spicy and went really well with the egg prata (first picture).  Yes, far from routine, roti comes in all flavors – you can get plain, onion, cheese, even chocolate.  I finished my meal with the honey prata:

The honey prata was about 2 feet in length and almost a foot in width – quite a daunting task.  Haphazard splashes of honey adorned this crumbly concoction, and I dug right in.  It was crispy, hot and sweet – so yummy!  One thing that did slow me down a bit was the standard utensils – fork and spoon and absolutely no knife to rely upon.  It was a bit slow going; however, I powered through it and finished the honey prata like a champ.

The variety and just plain yumminess make it prata a must-try snack if you visit Singapore. I’m looking forward to sampling even more varieties when I return next month!

What roti flavor would you like to see?

More Scrumptious Singapore:
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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    There are ONLY forks and spoons in food courts here! I had to practice a lot to use the spoon as a knife. You're making me miss roti prata now – perhaps I'll have it this weekend!

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    Kim
    January 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Roti Prata is so yummy! I've never sen the dessert ones you mentioned, but they look delicious and I'm dying to try them!

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    charms
    January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I LOVE roti parata! It reminds me so much of Sri Lankan food 🙂

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    lavenderpug
    January 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    yum! the mutton curry sounds so good.

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    Kelsey
    January 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Um..that honey prata looks so delicious! I want to dive right in!

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    lobster
    January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Tasty! Can't wait to see more from your upcoming trip!

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    San Jose Love
    January 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    ooh roti prata is so good. I like the fluffy ones in thin layers that rise up.

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    honey my heart
    January 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    i've never tried roti but am now adding it to my list of foods to try.

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    KayMeiBee
    January 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Love Roti! Might have to hit up Flat Top Grill this weekend to get my Americanized fix.

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    January 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I love roti canai. I've never tried the sweet ones, but I would totally dig the honey covered roti. I'm pretty sure you could cover cardboard with honey and I'd still think it's delicious.

    Can't wait to hear about your upcoming trip! My aunt and grandpa will be in Singapore for New Year's too.

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    THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE
    January 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    It sounds amazing! Honey covered…how can it be bad? 🙂

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    justcooknyc.com
    January 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

    whoa, all that sauce looks so good. after the bread was done i'd be licking the plates clean.

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    Nellie
    January 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    All these blogs on Singapore food… i need to start planning a vaca there!

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    Val
    January 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I really need to have this in my life!

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    Tiffany
    January 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Mmmm, roti with curry, delicious!

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    Micah and Catherine
    January 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    This looks delicous. I love roti with Malaysian food.

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    Katie
    January 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Mmmm this sounds really interesting and yummy!

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    Wanderlust
    January 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I looove roti, have you tried the paper thin dosa? I like that too, but I love the chewy texture of roti even more..

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    AJ@Kampong
    August 31, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Yay! Looks yummy. I would want to try this at home. Thank you for sharing your Roti Prata food experience. 😉

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