Seeking some filler after the hamburger steak at Sunset Grill & Bar, KTY et el headed to Jalan Kayu for the famous roti prata aka roti canai, paratha, crepe, pancake (depending on where you hail from).
To gauge the standard of a roti prata, I prefer to order kosong (plain) as it'll allow the unadulterated taste of the dough to come forth and also without any other ingredients, the original crispness and texture can be appreciated without distractions. The Prata Kosong (70 cents) here was nowhere near the one I had eons ago. No longer small, crispy and fragrant. Sad.
Everyone knows the flavour that eggs can bring so I also ordered a Plaster ($1.50). No, Handyplast is not served here.
A Plaster has an egg cracked atop the prata and fried. The fried egg turned out more cooked than I liked, leaving just a trickle of gooey yolk. But that trickle added a nice tasty dimension to the otherwise flat prata.
Even the curry which can give an average roti prata a boost was rather diluted and impotent.
Thankfully the Mutton Murtabak ($5) had a golden crisp skin encasing minced mutton and onions. Not that it was fantastic. But better than the limp pratas.
Oh dear. I wonder what had happened here over the years.
Thasevi Food Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant
235, 237 & 239 Jalan Kayu
Tel: 6481 1537
Chew On This: During their heyday, their signature small, super crispy roti prata was so successful that it got the other prata places emulating their style. This led to a string of 'Jalan Kayu' roti prata stalls. Everyone wanted to benefit from association with this name. That is history now.