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.
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.
The Laksa ($5) here comes with ingredients such as prawn, cockle, fishcakes and laksa leaves. The thick beehoon is cut into 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
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.
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.
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
Tel: +65 97361833
Nearest MRT: Tai Seng (CC Line)
Daily: 10am - 930pm
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]