Usually we have home prepared breakfast on Saturdays (i.e. bread and ham) so that we need not spend too much time outside before the kids’ enrichment classes. Since today is a public holiday and the kids didn’t have to go for their classes, we decided to indulge ourselves with some “real” breakfast – Roti Prata at Jalan Kayu.I spent some good years in Jalan Kayu when I was still a primary school boy. Back then, Jalan Kayu was just a quiet road with two rows of shophouses. Twenty years on, Jalan Kayu hasn’t changed much except for the missing row of shophouses, where I stayed, that has been torn down. In those days, there wasn’t much in Jalan Kayu except for a stretch of shops which many of them were selling roti prata. Did I have roti prata every morning then? Seriously, I can’t remember. But for sure, I know I enjoyed them.
The prata shops then served only the residents in Jalan Kayu, which were just a handful. Traffic and parking space were never a problem. Today, people from all corners flock to Jalan Kayu for its prata but the basic infrastructure remains pretty much the same. As a result, it’s not easy to find a carpark space in front of the shop. We were there at 8am this morning and already it was full. Well, it wasn’t really a big problem as there is a bigger carpark further up the road (towards TPE).
I went with high expectations (and cravings) but returned with somewhat disappointment or dissatisfaction. Maybe it’s because the shop is now open for 24 hours and I was unlucky to get a lousy chef today? Or maybe it’s because the shop has changed ownership and hence lost the original skills that made me yearn for Jalan Kayu prata for so long? Or maybe it’s time I stop being a victim of my own nostalgia.
Useful Information – Jalan Kayu Thasevi Prata Restaurant:
- 24 hours daily
- If you are coming from Yio Chu Kang road, turn into Jalan Kayu. You will come across a petrol station on the left. Drive further down and you will see a row of shops on the left and residential houses on the right. The restaurant is on left.
- If you are coming from TPE, turn into Jalan Kayu. You will come across an open air carpark on the left. Park in this carpark and walk further down the road. The restaurant is on the right.