Why has it taken me so long to finally eat at, and have my visiting parents introduce me to Katong laksa ??
Apparently there are several stalls who claim to be “the original Katong laksa”. The one my parents found was tucked away in the basement of Roxy Square in a small coffee shop. There are other stalls selling food but I honestly could not tell you what they were after having my first bowl of laksa.
Katong laksa serves Peranakan-style laksa, so the noodles are cut short which means you only need to eat it with a spoon. Great for people like me who don’t have the best chopstick skills and usually end up wearing half my soup from the noodles slipping back into the broth with a splash. And doubly great because it guarantees that every mouthful is a true combination of all those amazing flavours.
The broth is what makes it so special. It’s a complex broth of coconut milk, stock, homemade chilli paste. The coconut milk is made from squeezing freshly grated coconut, which keeps the broth from being too rich and cloying. Each spoonful packs a creamy, spicy punch, yet the flavour still manages to be delicate at the same time and you’re not left with an overwhelming thirst from overseasoning.
In the broth is a combination of the noodles, fresh prawns, cockles, fish cake and the bowl is topped with fresh curry leaves and a smear of extra chilli paste for those who want a bit more spice.
This has got to be one of the best comfort foods Singapore has to offer.
Thanks mum and dad for the introduction !
48 East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Tel: 9630 2321
Mon-Fri: 10.30am to 9pm
Weekends and PH: 8.30am to 9pm