Joo Chiat, the area in the East named after plantation owner and philanthropist Chew Joo Chiat, is a heritage town popular with the locals and tourists. Peranakan architecture and nyonya food are among its key attractions. Joo Chiat is also the place for traditional Malay clothing and jewellery, hand made popiah skins as well as hip cafes. Mr and Mrs Mohgan prata stall is another reason to head to Joo Chiat.
The husband and wife team is now selling their roti prata in Tin Yeung Restaurant, a coffee shop at the junction of Joo Chiat Road and Dunman Road. Mr Mohgan has been making roti prata since he was a 12-year-old boy helping in his mother’s prata stall. In 2006 he set up his own stall – Mr Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata – in Crane Road. Mr and Mrs Mohgan Super Crispy Roti Prata moved to the coffee shop in Joo Chiat in late 2018.
Mr Mohgan makes the prata and Mrs Mohgan takes orders. The wife is a no-nonsense stern lady. I have yet to see her smile. You tell her what you want and she takes down your order in her old school exercise book. She may tell you the expected waiting time. She gives you a number which will be flashed on a digital signboard. The usual waiting time on a weekday can be around 15 to 30 minutes. During the weekend, expect to wait 40 minutes or more.
We visited Mr Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata stall on a weekday and ordered a plain prata ($1) with egg prata ($1.50) and also a mushroom prata ($2). The were a few types of curry available including fish curry and dhal. We asked for the assam fish curry.
The wait for our prata that day was about 30 minutes. The freshly made roti prata had a nice aroma. The plain prata had a crisp thin exterior layer which had some bits which were crunchy. The inside was soft and slightly chewy.
The egg prata was larger than the plain prata. The prata lacked crispiness because of the egg – nice if you like the soft texture.
The rich assam fish curry went very well with both the plain prata and egg prata.
The mushroom prata was good – it was crispy on the outside but had soft inside with the additional flavour and texture of the mushroom.
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s crispy roti prata is a must try breakfast item in Joo Chiat-Katong. The wait for the food may be long but sometimes it is good to take things slow in the morning. Read or observe the world around you and enjoy your coffee while you wait. When you want an unhurried breakfast of artisanal roti prata made fresh, Mr and Mrs Mohgan prata stall is surely one of the best places in Singapore to head to.
Mr Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
Tin Yeang Restaurant
300 Joo Chiat Road
Thur – Mon: 6.30 am – 1 pm
Tue: 6.30 am – 11.30 am
Closed on Wed
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