Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Original Katong Laksa @ Upper Paya Lebar Road - Atas Laksa With Crayfish

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Have you ever been ask the question, what is that one local dish you miss whenever you return from an overseas trip? My reply is Laksa. It is great to know that the pioneer of the "Katong Laksa" - The Original Katong Laksa or also known as Janggut Laksa has opened a new outlet at Upper Paya Lebar Road. The third outlet after Roxy Square and Queensway stalls.

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If you are not aware, the original katong laksa was started by Mr Ng Juat Swee (Encik Janggut) in the 1940s. Mr Ng was selling his laksa off the street in the Marine Parade area before moving into a physical shop at 49 East Coast Road. Due to increase in rents, it moved down the road to 57 East Coast Road and eventually settling at Roxy Square. By then Mr Ng has passed down the business to his niece, Mdm Ng Sway Hong who in turn partnered with Mdm Tan Siew Suan to run the business.

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Laksa 4.2/5

The Laksa ($5) here comes with ingredients such as prawn, cockle, fishcakes and laksa leaves. The thick beehoon is cut nto short strips which can be easily eaten with a spoon. This is exactly how Mr Ng served his customers in the 1940s, which many so called 'Katong Laksa' stalls followed to serve in this way. A good laksa broth comes from the rempah used to cook with the coconut milk. The broth here is mildly spicy, creamy and has lots of dried shrimp for that addition oomph

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Crayfish Laksa 4.2/5

Only available at the new outlet, it has introduced a premium version of the laksa - Crayfish Laksa ($9.50). It comes with a whole crayfish sliced into half. Once again, you can only have this at the new Upper Paya Lebar Road outlet. It is not available at Roxy Square and Queensway outlet.

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Curry Chicken 4/5

If you need a more substantial meal, the new outlet has expanded their menu to include Curry Chicken and Fried Chicken. While the fried chicken was tender and juicy with crispy skin, my favourite is the curry chicken for its rich and thick gravy. It felt like having grandma cooking.

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Fried Chicken 4/5

For those that wants to dine in a more comfortable environment, the newest outlet will allow you to do so. You can enjoy a bowl of laksa with air conditioning. It also offer other mains if you don't feel like having noodle for your meal.


The Original Katong Laksa
331 Uppper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534949
Tel: +65 97361833
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Nearest MRT: Tai Seng (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 930pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Tai Seng MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to bus stop at Tai Keng MRT station (Stop ID 70281). Take bus number 22, 24, 43, 58, 62, 70, 80 and 76. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Seasonal Tastes @ The Westin Singapore - Decadent Sunday Champagne Brunch To Wrap Up The Weekend

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Have you made plans for your Sunday? How about going for a champagne brunch with a panoramic views of Singapore's Marina Bay and the sea through the floor to ceiling windows of Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore at the top of level 32.

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Fresh Seafood on Ice 4.5/5

As usual I head straight to the wide variety of seafood on ice. Seafood lovers will get to enjoy to their fill items such as Canadian lobsters, snow crabs, Alaskan king crab, fresh oysters, black mussels and clams.

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There are also a few live stations among the buffet spread such as the noodles, pastas and grilled meat section. With my limited stomach space, I made a choice between the Eastern and Western style noodles and opted for the Thai Tom Yum Kway Teow Soup. Love the variety of ingredients that came with my bowl of noodle. While the soup base has an enjoyable tangy kick but it lacked a good body to it.

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Thai Tom Yum Kway Teow Soup 3.5/5

For meat lovers there are the carving station and grill station. It is hard to resist having a well grilled meat with lovely smokiness. I had the Lamb Chop and Sausage to go with my glass of champagne.

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Lamp Chop 4.2/5

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Chilli Crab 4/5

For a taste of local delicacy, there is the Chilli Crab with Mantou. You can either have it on its own or dunk some mantou to soak up the yummy chilli crab sauce.

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Do remember to save some space for the dessert section. You will not be disappointed with their array of cakes and pastries. Perfect sweet ending to the great feast and washed it down with a few more glasses of champagne.

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The Decadent Sunday Champagne Brunch at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore is available every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.

Price
Adult - $88++^ or $148++*
Child - $44++
*Inclusive of free flow of champagne, wine, beer, selected cocktails and soft drinks.
^Inclusive of a glass of champagne, wine, beer, selected cocktail or soft drink.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Seasonal Tastes
The Westin Singapore
Asia Square Tower 2
Level 32
12 Marina View
Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 69226968
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Nearest MRT: Downtown (DT Line)

Opening Hours: 
Daily: 630am - 11pm

Direction: 
 1) Alight at Downtown MRT station. Take Exit E. Turn left and walk down Marina View. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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