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Blaster of a prata

Plaster Blaster is inspired by popular brunch dish Eggs Benedict.
Plaster Blaster is inspired by popular brunch dish Eggs Benedict.ST PHOTO: KENNETH GOH

Tucked in a serene private housing estate in Siglap is 11-month-old Springleaf Prata Place.

It is a seven-minute walk from Upper East Coast Road and I wonder if the prata are worth the walk in the hazy weather.

They are.

Forget prosaic prata here. Co-owners Sajeekumar Sandarasegaran, 28, and his brother-in-law S.V. Gunalan, 40, offer an innovative array of prata, thosai and murtabak in unusual flavours such as portobello-mozzarella, egg, cheese and floss, and pineapple.

The 80-seat shop is an offshoot of the main branch in Upper Thomson Road that Mr Gunalan has been running for 10 years.

I zero in on the weirdest sounding dishes in the place.

One of them is Plaster Blaster ($5), which is inspired by popular brunch dish Eggs Benedict.

Instead of toasted English muffins, a prata acts as a cushion for an oozy poached egg drizzled with either Hollandaise or masala Hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with spring onions.


    57B Jalan Tua Kong

    Open: 7am to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday; 7am to midnight, Friday & Saturday

    Info: Call 6636-2935 or go to facebook.comrealspringleafprataplace

    Rating: 3/5

I love the contrast of the velvety egg yolk against the crisp prata. The saltiness of the turkey ham slices cuts through the richness of the eggs and mellow masala Hollandaise sauce. The warm masala sensation comes through as an aftertaste.

It is little surprise that the Plaster Blaster has become an Instagram hit.

Mr Sajeekumar says: "Most customers flash Instagram photos of the dish to us when ordering this dish."

The Ultimate Murtabak ($12), which resembles a pizza, is topped with tandoori chicken slices, portobello mushrooms, cheese and egg. The smokiness of the chicken is accentuated by the generous amount of mushrooms, though I wish there was more gooey cheese. The rectangular slab is cut into 20 squares to make it easy for dipping into the piquant masala curry.

Save some space for the decadent Murtaburger ($7), with a plump beef patty encased in prata.

Inside this thick parcel are lashings of sweet ketchup and mayonnaise. It tastes like a more sinful version of the Ramly burger. However, the excessive sauces drown out the taste of beef and give me heartburn after a few bites.

If there is room for dessert, pick from red bean ($2.50), which has streaks of subtly sweet red bean paste enveloped in prata, and banana prata ($3).

The innovative creations have me looking at prata in a whole new light.

It is likely that you will want to try more than one of the curious- sounding dishes, so come with a group of friends to share the calories.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 18, 2015, with the headline 'Blaster of a prata '. Print Edition | Subscribe