Mention the word Katong to any food lover in Singapore and he or she will immediately think of the famous Katong laksa. But there are so many laksa stalls in Katong: Which is the original? Which is the most popular? And which is the best?
I believe the original Katong laksa is in the coffee shop on the ground level of the old Roxy Square. However when I tried it with my colleagues recently, we all felt that its standards have dropped tremendously.
Today I decided to try the more popular 328 Katong Laksa located opposite Roxy Square. Hopefully its standards have withstood the test of time.
I ordered a $4 bowl of laksa which comes in a reasonably satisfactory portion. Delightfully scented with coconut milk, the mouthwatering gravy is sufficiently spicy and flavorful with the distinctive essence of dried shrimps but lacking in the irresistable thickness that used to distinguish it from other laksa. The delicious noodles are complemented with generous servings of fresh cockles and prawns.
328 Katong Laksa may be one of the best laksa in Singapore but I feel that it pales in comparison with Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa. While Zhen Shan Mei's gravy is thick and robust, 328's gravy seems rather watery and disappointing. Maybe it's the rising cost of ingredients or the increasing health awareness of Singaporeans but 328 is no longer the fantastic Katong laksa from the good old days.
328 Katong Laksa
No 51 East Coast Road