There are a number of “Janggut” Laksas around, from Upper Paya Lebar Road, Wisma’s Food Republic, Chinatown Point basement to Roxy Square at Katong.
The name “Janggut” which means “beard” in Malay, was named after its founder Mr Ng.
Their first store was located at 49 East Coast Road during the 1950s, moved several times and settled at Roxy during Year 2000.
But I go to the Roxy Square and Queensway outlets most often. Fans say they continue with the traditional taste of “Katong Laksa” from the original makers.
You come over here, sit in a counter facing inwards, and must order a side of Otah (or even curry chicken and bread.)
This stall remains one of the best ones when it comes to the genuine, authentic-tasting dish with freshly prepared ingredients.
The special thing about their Laksa which sets them apart from competitors is the soup base and sambal chili that is prepared with meticulous care.
There are three serving sizes for their Laksa, $4 for a small bowl, $5 for medium and $6 for large serving. A portion is generally generous with ingredients and bursting with a myriad of flavors.
I liked that the whole bowl was comforting, flavourful, light and not too rich on the coconut milk – balance just right.
If you are used to the type of laksa which is rich, thick and robust, then this would come across as quite different. More milky, rather ‘soupy’, and not so jelak (rich).
The Original Katong Laksa
50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square, Singapore 428769
Opening Hours: 9am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The Original Katong Laksa since 1950s – Janggut Laksa
1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, Singapore 149053
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Other outlets at: 331 Paya Lebar Road, Wisma Food Republic, Chinatown Point
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