Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa also known as the “Alexandra Village Claypot Laksa” has removed “claypot” from both the menu and signage some time back.

Is this a reason why they are excluded in the current year’s Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore listing? (They were previously included consistently since the beginning.)

Alexandra Village Food Centre is one of those hawker centres that is not so populated, under-rated, and filled with above-average hawker stalls.

You may notice customers ordering various claypot dishes of bak kut teh, sausage rice, mushroom chicken, prawn noodles and pork trotters, because there are a couple of stalls selling hawker food served in claypots.

Previously, the most famous claypot stall here would have been Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa.

(Claypots are generally tricky for the stall owner as breakage can happen during preparing, washing, and collection after eating.)

This stall originated from the Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa near CMPB, and word has it that the old couple sold their recipe to its present owners.

It is currently helmed by a 30-something Zhang Ji Lin.

The Laksa’s ($4.50, $5.50, $6.50) current main draw to me was the thickness and richness of the gravy – prepared using freshly-squeezed coconut milk.

According to the Michelin Guide, the gravy is prepared using a medley of aromatics including chilli padi, blue ginger, turmeric, belachan, shrimp paste and lemongrass.

Before serving, the hawker would add a thick paste on top. Mix it thoroughly, and experience more creaminess in the mouthfeel.

As the present version is less sizzling hot, I feel there is some loss to the aroma and shiokness factor when consuming, but it is still a decent bowl of Laksa to have.

Well, ingredients could have been more generous as well, but we acknowledge food cost is rising.

The style is completely different from the popular Katong Laksa (you can go opposite to Queensway Shopping Centre to try either Janggut Laksa or 328 Katong Laksa.)

Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa
Alexandra Village Food Centre #01-75, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 9am – 3:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon

Other Related Entries
Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle 唯一辣沙 (Tanglin Halt Food Centre)
328 Katong Laksa (East Coast)
Heng Heng Cooked Food (Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre)
63 Laksa (Ghim Moh Food Centre)
Janggut Laksa (Queensway)

Also read: DFD Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Reviews

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