Rahmath Cheese Prata at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
Tucked away in a corner of a tiny food centre at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Rahmath Cheese Prata could be easily disguised as one of those run-of-the-mills prata shops that you will see at every corner of your local food centre or coffeeshop. But Rahmath Cheese Prata has the distinction of coming in 5th in our Makanholic Ranking of Rankings for Roti Pratas in Singapore. Hence, when the Makanholic team had the chance to drop by for a tasting, we made a beeline and literally joined the queue for the prata.
It's a family-run business
While queueing for my turn to order the pratas, we could tell that Rahmath Cheese Prata was a well-oiled family business. Everyone took turns to manage their portion of work. While one was preparing the appam, the other was kneading the prata dough and frying them, while another one was taking orders and preparing the curry. We return on another day to check out the store, and as it was about noon time, the headcount was reduced to two persons but there was still a queue forming.
Delicious Cheese Prata
Rahmath Cheese Prata not only sells different variations of roti pratas, but they are also well-reviewed for their Appam (which retails for a set of 2 pieces for $2). We had the famous cheese prata and found the cheese well-melted into the dough, giving it a really nice texture. For the egg prata, we tried it on both occasions, especially after reading all the hype about it. The egg prata was well fried, and while it was not crispy (it's really difficult to make the egg prata crispy as we have tried many prata places and have never found one to be crispy) it was tasty as well.
What got our attention was the plain (kosong) prata once again. It was both crispy and fluffy, and goes really well with the assam fish curry. Just a small drizzle of the curry to the prata and you have your complete prata meal.
Appam is a type of pancake that is made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk, and is very common in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Rahmath Cheese Prata's appam was indeed tasty, and goes well with the orange sugar which was provided. Hence if you want something that's different from prata, and you have enough room in your stomach for more, we would certainly recommend their appam as well.
Rahmath Cheese Prata
Address: #01-08, 74 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310074
And oh boy, there was a long, long queue for these famous crispy roti pratas from Mr and Mrs Mohgan's. "Please be patient as there is a one-hour waiting time," Mrs Mohgan's remarked as she asked for my order and then wrote it into her order book. Interestingly, the coffeeshop was filled with patient patrons who were willing to wait an hour for the famed roti pratas. The neighbouring fried carrot cake was fortunate enough to catch the spillover crowd; many of which decided to order a side portion of the carrot cake while waiting for their pratas.
As the order was ready, Mrs Mohgan would walk to the middle of the coffeeshop. She would shout "Order Ninety-Five. Order Ninety-Five!" The customer would then walk over to pick his order. That was the simple system. And of course, there would be a consistent queue formed, by customers who have travelled all across Singapore for a taste of this crispy prata.
The hour passed rather quickly, and soon Mrs Mohgan shouted out "Order One O Five!" That was my order. I was excited to try the pratas to see what the fuss (and fame) was all about. I ordered 1 x plain Prata and 1 x plaster prata. The plain prata was extremely crispy and gave a crispy crunch when I bit into it. The accompanying mutton and fish curry went well with the Prata, although I would have preferred the fish curry to be sourer (more tamarind?). For the plaster prata, it was naturally not as crispy as the plain prata, but the edges still retained some of the crispiness. All in all, it was a good outing.
If you are looking to try Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Pratas, remember to check their short opening hours, and do come early, as they have a tendency to close earlier than the closing times (when the dough runs out).
Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata
Located in: Tin Yeang Restaurant
Address: 300 Joo Chiat Road(beside, Dunman Food Centre, 427551