Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

TL;DR – Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s prata shop was one of the crown jewels of Joo Chiat. 

Somasundram Mohgan, the owner of the popular Joo Chiat prata stall, Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata, has passed away.

News of his passing was posted on a Facebook group by Mr Larry Lai on March 12. According to the post, Mr Mohgan died of a heart attack. However, according to Mothership, other stall operators around the area said that he died of a fall.

The legacy of the humble business 

Mr Mohgan ran the stall with his wife, and would usually close once the prata was sold out. The crowd favourite has seen a slew of condolences that have streamed in online. Many expressed their sadness, and how it’s the end of an era. Mohgan often busied himself with making prata when interviewed, according to a past article, while his wife served customers.

The history of Mr and Mrs Mohgan 

Roti prata @ Mr & mrs mohgan crispy prata | An ang moh in the east

Mohgan was a full-fledged, old-timer hawker, making prata since he was 12 years old. When he was 32, he worked as a cook at a prata stall at Haig Road Food Centre and experimented with his own recipes and techniques, till the food centre closed for renovations and he was left jobless. 

He finally became his own boss in 2006, he found a vacant stall space in Joo Chiat at a Crane Road coffee shop, Poh Ho Restaurant, where he set up Mr Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata. 

The rest as they say… is history. 

There was talk of Mohgan’s retirement after he left the Crane Road stall, but in July 2021, he relocated to another part of Joo Chiat — Tin Yeang kopitiam beside Dunman Food Centre — and restarted his prata business to great fanfare.

By Zahra