Springleaf Prata Place inspires an almost fanatical level of loyalty in some folks. It got to the point where I had to see for myself what the fuss was about, especially after it got included in the 2019 Michelin Guide.
That’s how we found ourselves at the Jalan Tua Kong (Siglap area) outlet on a weekend afternoon for a quick bite.
The outlet is pretty no-frills just like many prata places. You find your seat and ‘chope’ it, then go up to the counter to order.
We started off with some crunchy papadom while waiting for our prata. This was light, satisfying and pretty affordable at $1 for 6 large pieces.
Back to Basics: Kosong is Nice & Crispy
Mind you, I am not easy to impress when it comes to prata. Coming from the North East, there are plenty of great options like Casuarina Curry and Jalan Kayu.
I usually judge the prata place based on its plain prata (kosong). If you can do simple things right, then it bodes well for the rest.
Springleaf’s plain prata ($1.20) was not bad. The prata was fried till the surface was crispy, giving a satisfying crunch. It was not overly greasy or dough-y, which was good.
A plus point for me was the savory fish curry. I liked that it was free-flow meaning you could take as much as you want. We’ve all been in that situation where you’re too paiseh to ask the irritable prata uncles for more curry. 🙂
2019 Hawkerfest Creation: Magic Meatless Prata?
Classics aside, what really makes Springleaf stand out from the pack are its awesome Ultimate Hawkerfest creations. Some of these inventions like the 2012 Ultimate Murtabak and 2014 Plaster Blaster have become cult favorites, gracing Instagram feeds everywhere.
We decided to try out the newer 2019 Magic Meatless Murtabak ($6.90) to see if the recent creations still continue to live up to the hype. This consisted of a thin sheet of prata filled with a mixture of lentils, mushroom and sweet Korean sauce.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this creation. It was quite savory despite the lack of meat and the filling had the consistency of thick hummus which I liked. The sweetness from the Korean sauce accentuated the savory filling and was a pretty innovative pairing overall.
Overall, Springleaf lived up to expectations. The classic pratas are not bad and the original creations are unique to the chain and something we would come back for.
Springleaf Prata Place (Jalan Tua Kong)
Address: 57B Jln Tua Kong, Singapore 457253
Opening Hours: 8am – 11.45pm daily