Talk about some of the best Laksa in Singapore, and stalls such as Sungei Road Laksa, Janggut Laksa, Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa, Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle, and 328 Katong Laksa should come to mind.
Khoon’s Katong Laksa & Seafood Soup located at Sembawang Hills Food Centre serves up another variation of the “Katong Laksa”, though it may not be as in-the-radar as compared to the rest.
The “Katong Laksa” style is generally categorised with the thick vermicelli (cu mi fen) cut into rather short strands, so diners just need to scoop the noodles up with a spoon without the use of chopsticks.
The stall was recently featured in MediaCorp’s Hawker Academy 小贩学院. As I was a judge on the programme, I made it a point to try out the mentor’s version.
The Laksa is available in options of $3, $4, and $5; also offered are Fried Fish and Sliced Fish Soup.
Making the gravy rempah base is a laborious task, which includes more than 10 ingredients of candlenut (buah keras), belachan, dried shrimps, tumeric, ginger, minced garlic, shallots and more.
Compared to other styles of Laksa, they do not add that much coconut milk so you would find it easy to slurp without being too cloying.
But if you are used to the robust kind, you may find like the gravy to be richer-tasting. I would have personally preferred if it was slightly more aromatic overall.
There was a certain lightness and not too spicy, but even those who cannot take the heat would likely find this manageable.
Khoon’s Katong Laksa & Seafood Soup
Sembawang Hills Food Centre #01-26, 590 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574419
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon