Though I am a huge lover of prata, I only ever choose to visit specific stalls for my prata fix. Unlike other local favourites, like chicken rice and fishball noodles, which tend to be relatively constant in terms of quality, I’ve noticed that prata is one dish that varies greatly from stall to stall. However, I had higher hopes for Sin Ming Roti Prata Faisal & Aziz Curry Muslim Food, as I knew that it was one of Singapore’s most popular prata spots.
Sin Ming Roti Prata is a stall within Gim Huat Coffeeshop in Upper Thomson. Aside from offering 19 different types of prata, the stall also sells various Indian and Muslim dishes, such as Maggi Goreng and Curry Fish Head.
When I visited the stall, I was surprised to find that their menu did not display any of the prices. I asked the staff about it, who told me that he would tell me the prices when I asked — it seemed a little counterproductive to me, given how customers would have to spend more time when ordering to clarify the prices and decide on what to get, but I suppose it was so that prices could be freely adjusted whenever they wanted.
After placing my orders, I watched for a while as the pratas were made fresh to order. I waited for around 20 minutes for my order to be complete.
What I tried at Sin Ming Prata
Whenever someone talks about where to get the best coin pratas in Singapore, Sin Ming Roti Prata is one of the first places to be mentioned. For S$4.50, the Coin Set consisted of 5 small, circular pieces of prata.
It’s no wonder why Sin Ming Roti Prata’s Coin Set has made a name for itself. The coin pratas were super crisp with a fluffy interior, and I loved how fragrant they were on their own. Though they looked thick, they were not doughy or tough at all, and were absolutely delightful to savour.
The bowl of curry on the side also impressed me a lot. Usually, most prata places that I visit serve curry with a watery and less viscous texture. Meanwhile, Sin Ming Roti Prata’s curry was surprisingly thick and packed a punch with its level of spice. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping the coin pratas into the curry, and letting it soak up the delicious orange concoction.
Sin Ming Roti Prata’s Chicken Floss Prata (S$3.50) unfortunately did not compare to the Coin Set. When I opened the packet, I initially thought that the staff had mistakenly given me a plain prata instead of a chicken floss one, given how flat and plain it appeared.
When I tore apart the prata, I felt like I was playing a game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’, as the chicken floss was nowhere to be seen. It was only after I dug into the prata a little more than small pieces of light orange floss began to fall out.
Generally, I enjoyed how crispy and light the Chicken Floss Prata was, though the meagre amount of floss inside was disappointing. Some parts of the prata were a little sweeter from the addition of the fluffy floss, though it could have been easily missed, and I would probably have mistaken it for a plain prata if I hadn’t been the one to place the order.
One of the items that caught my attention the most was Sin Ming Roti Prata’s Chicken Murthapa Pizza (S$10). When I saw it on the menu, I had no idea what to expect — was it a prata topped with tomato sauce and cheese, like the usual Italian pizzas? When I asked the staff, he told me that it was essentially the same as the other Murthapa on their menu, just with the addition of cheese.
When I opened the packet, I realised that the Chicken Murthapa Pizza was essentially like a murtabak, being a prata filled with egg, onions, chicken and cheese.
Of all the pratas I ordered from Sin Ming Roti Prata, this was the most satisfying. The Chicken Murthapa Pizza was stuffed generously with ingredients, and every bite was packed full of flavour from the various elements.
The chicken within was soft and tender, while the onions were slightly crunchy. The cheese elevated the dish as a whole with its sharpness and umami flavours.
The name Murthapa Pizza was a little misleading, but it was still a very hearty and delicious dish.
I decided to try one of Sin Ming Roti Prata’s non-prata dishes, and got the Fried Chicken (S$4.50), which came in 3 cut-up pieces.
The chicken skin was crispy, albeit a little tougher than I’d have liked. The chicken meat was tender and juicy, and I liked how it wasn’t stale or dry at all.
S$4.50 is a little steep for a piece of fried chicken, but I thought that Sin Ming Roti Prata’s take on it was pretty delectable.
For the most part, I was impressed with Sin Ming Roti Prata’s dishes. It was clear to see why they’ve become one of Singapore’s most recognised prata hawkers, given how crisp and light their dishes were. The Chicken Floss Prata was a letdown, but the other dishes were commendable.
I’d certainly return to have their prata again if I was in the area!
Expected damage: S$3.50 – S$12 per pax