To many foreigners, 328 Katong Laksa has become synonymous with “Katong Laksa”. It is so named “328” as it sounds like “prosperous” in Cantonese. (Also read: 10 Must-Try LAKSA In Singapore)
328 Katong Laksa has many branches throughout Singapore, but the one in East Roast Road is the most famous, especially after it was graced by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay himself.
During a Hawker Heroes cookoff challenge years ago, he ‘lost’ to 328 Katong Laksa’s founder Lucy (regulars call her Nancy) and son Ryan Koh. (There was a taste-test conducted for 1000 pax in the public.)
He commented that the laksa dish was hard to master, as there were too many variables involve from pasta, coconut, tofu to shrimps.
The store was also previously awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for consecutive 2 years, but was dropped off in subsequent years.
Over at the outlet at 216 East Coast Road, the walls are adorned with posters of celebrities.
Its signature Laksa needs little introduction, cooked with a Peranakan-based recipe passed down for generations (Janggut Laksa is said to be the original), known for that aromatic and spicy coconut based gravy.
The other defining ingredients include fish cakes, shrimps, hum (cockles) and laksa leaves.
For first timers, note that there are no chopsticks or fork given for your consumption, only a spoon.
The thick vermicelli is cut into shorter strands, meant to be slurped up with only a spoon for a more better eating experience.
Albeit a bit pricey, their Laksa ($5.50 for a small serving) can be upgraded by paying $2 extra.
Most fans would say this used to taste much better in the past. Also perhaps portion has gotten less, and standard differs across various outlets, especially those in malls.
There is still something special about the gravy here – the balance of coconut flavour, richness, and freshness and sweetness of seafood.
Other than the Laksa, the other popular items to look out for include the Curry Chicken, and Nasi Lemak. I think another must-add is also the Otah Otah.
328 Katong Laksa
216 East Coast Road, Singapore 428914
Tel: +65 9732 8163
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)