328 Famous Katong Laksa @ East Coast Road

I love Katong Laksa, it has to be the one of the hawker food I have eaten the most since coming to Singapore. For me, having a good bowl of piping hot laksa with a can of ice cool Sarsi under a hot weather is a bliss. And it’s a great way to experience the common daily life of an average Singaporean too. I aim to try all the delicious laksa in the island before I head back to Malaysia, because it will definitely be on my list of missed Singapore food.

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When it comes to popularity, without a shout of a doubt 328 Katong Laksa @ East Coast Road has it. The shop’s wall is full of photos of famous Hong Kong and Taiwan celebrities who have eaten here and given their share of thumbs up. However, famous as they might be, for me it’s only the taste that matters most.

There is nothing fancy about 328 Katong Laksa, the ingredients are more or less the same (short cut bihun, fish cakes, cockles, prawns and bean sprouts) compared to the rest so it’s only the gravy that sambal that could really make a difference.

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Although I ordered the smallest bowl, the portion was still satisfactory – just nice for me. The thick coconut gravy tasted smooth and appetizing, nice. But somehow it lacked a special ‘oomph‘ that is detected in Marine Parade’s Laksa. My personal preference is still with Marine Parade Laksa because of their grainier and thicker gravy, which has more dried shrimps.

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At 328 Katong Laksa the sambal paste is on the table for you to add according to your own spiciness tolerance.

otak-otak

The otak here was quite good as well, $1 a piece – soft with chunks of fish meat to give a contrasting texture. A good after-laksa snack if you ask me.

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All in all 328 Katong Laska is pretty good and there’s an air-conditioned seating area if you can’t tolerate the heat. Recommended but if I would prefer cross the street to the old Roxy Square for my favorite, and less crowded Marine Parade Laksa heh.

328 Katong Laksa
No 51 East Coast Road
S(428770)
Open from 9am to 9pm

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7 Responses

  1. Frat Mustard says:

    Ooooh I love Katong Laksa! Back when “bubble tea” was still the in thing… I used to cycle to Katong and pack Cool Station bubble tea to go with my Laksa…

    Yummmyyy…

  2. saucer says:

    wow, never heard of this katong laksa. Should try this when I go Singapore next time. Unlikely to be soon.

  3. samlee860407 says:

    the otak looks very small lol

    i think i will order loads if i go :D

  4. JD says:

    What does Katong actually means? Or is it just a name? Love Otak2. So I think will give it a try if I visit S’pore next time.

  5. Joanne says:

    Katong is the food paradise of the East Coast. Katong is also where many peranakans lived in the early days, so Katong comes to mind for things related to Peranakan culture and Nyonya food. Katong laksa is essentially nyonya laksa, and we generally call this type of gravy – laksa. (Penang’s assam laksa, we will address as Penang Laksa). Katong Laksa is so called because decades ago, a hawker that sold his laksa in Katong started selling his laksa with the beehoon cut into short lengths suitable to be scooped with a spoon. His pure intention was to ease the washing of bowls and utensils by eliminating the use of chopsticks. The customers loved this. When you send the beehoon with the laksa gravy in a spoon into the mouth, it taste more flavourful than sucking in long strands of beehoon using chopsticks, not to mention that the smooth, slippery beehoon is difficult to handle with chopsticks. It became so popular that neighbouring competitors copied the presentation style and so the dish became known as Katong Laksa. BTW, this 328 stall is not the original Katong Laksa. The original was just a few doors away, manned by 2 middle-aged brothers who took over the business from their father – their father was the man behind the spoon idea – but I’m not sure if they are still at that location. (vkeong says original is Marine Parade Laksa at Bedok?) There are a few other Katong Laksa stalls along the stretch of East Coast Rd (commonly known as Katong) and they all serve decent Katong Laksa. This 328′s lady boss is good at publicity so her stall is more famous. You can also try the laksa in the coffee shop just directly opposite 328 – that stall holder used to work for lady boss 328.
    So for laksa to be “Katong Laksa”, it’s not ordinary nyonya laksa, not a matter of ingredients or difference in cooking, but the way it’s eaten.

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