When you hear the words “Singaporean Food”, what comes to mind? Chilli crab, curry fish head, prawn noodles or chicken rice? Well, for all of you out there who thought of laksa, we’re sure you’ve already eaten at a good number of laksa stalls in Singapore. But with that signature coconut aroma, thick spicy broth, and delicious noodles, there’s no hum having more right?
Here are the 8 must-try laksa stalls in Singapore that you’ll never get tired of.
1. 328 Katong Laksa
328 Katong Laksa has been around for as long as all of us can remember. Their signature short noodles that can be scooped with just a spoon and delicious laksa fragrance are just 2 reasons why they’re so famous. What’s the real reason for 328 Katong Laksa’s long queues? Well, they have nailed the most important aspect of laksa. The broth.
328 Katong Laksa has found the perfect balance of coconut and milk. This is what brought success to the store. It even led them to beat world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay in the Singtel Hawker Heroes Challenge back in 2013. You can’t call yourself a true laksa lover if you haven’t had the laksa here before.
328 Katong Laksa
Address: 53 East Coast Road Singapore 428771
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Price: Small $5, Large $7
2. Roxy Laksa
Another famous Katong Laksa in Singapore is Roxy Laksa, which started as a little stall at Roxy Cinema. Back in those days, instead of popcorn or nachos, movie goers would grab a bowl of laksa before they went to catch their movies. What makes Roxy Laksa different from the crowd? They do not add cockles. Yup, that’s right. No cockles but still a delightful bowl of laksa. With their fresh prawns, fish cakes and thick noodles, Roxy Laksa is definitely a must-try!
Address: East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway Singapore 468960
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 10:30am-9pm, Sat & Sun 8:30am-9pm
3. 928 Yishun Laksa
Laksa lovers who stay in Yishun would know this stall. Located just a short 5 minutes walk from Yishun MRT station, this famous laksa stall is not to be missed. At just $2.80 a bowl, 928 Yishun Laksa is one of the cheapest in Singapore. What’s better is that the ingredients used are not cheapo pre-packed fish cakes and toufu. The cockles, crab sticks, beansprouts and other ingredients you’ll find in the bowl are all fresh and cooked to yummy perfection. Talk about cheap and good!
928 Yishun Laksa
Address: 928 Yishun Central #01-155 Singapore 760928
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 11am-7pm
Price: Small $2.80, Large $3.30
4. Janggut Laksa
Yet another katong laksa on the list is the famous Janggut Laksa. Located beside an outlet of 328 Katong Laksa in Queensway Shopping Centre, it is definitely the clash of two titans. Janggut Laksa is a strong laksa contender at Queensway. Just like the original katong laksa, the bee hoon can be scooped with a spoon. The broth here is neither too rich nor overpowering and the level of spiciness can be adjusted based on the amount of chilli mixed. Overall, we feel that 328 Katong Laksa and Janggut Laksa are pretty evenly matched. Which one is better? You tell us!
Address: Queensway Shopping Centre Singapore 149053
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
Price: Small $4, Medium $5, Large $6
5. Sungei Road Laksa
Probably the only stall in Singapore that cooks laksa the traditional way, over a charcoal flame, Sungei Road Laksa is well known among laksa lovers. Because it’s cooked traditionally, the laksa really brings a taste of the past. The gravy has a strong aroma of dried shrimp and is overall, not too spicy. One small bowl will only set you back $3. The queue can get pretty long so if you’re planning on heading down, get ready to wait. But for a bowl of such goodness, that wait is definitely worth it!
Sungei Road Laksa
Address: Jin Shui Kopitiam, 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100 Singapore 200027
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am-5pm, Closed on Wednesdays
6. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
For a different kind of Laksa, this is definitely a must-try. Located along Depot Road, this laksa stall is frequented by many. What makes the laksa here stand out from the rest? It is served in a claypot! The hot claypot keeps the soup and noodles warm longer. The gravy is also thick and creamy, and is filled with delicious cockles, prawns and fish cakes. If you haven’t had laksa in a claypot before, you’ve got to try this one!
Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
Address: Fine Taste Eating House, 119 Buket Merah Lane 1, #01-40 Singapore 151119
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Price: Small $3.50, Medium $4.50, Large $5.50
7. Red Hornbill
Red Hornbill is famous in Singapore for a really different kind of laksa. Instead of the usual thick broth and cockles, Red Hornbill serves the Sarawak version of laksa. The laksa gives off an aroma of spices and herbs, and the broth is mixed with curry, chicken and prawn stock. It is then topped with beehoon, chicken chunks and prawns. The queue can get pretty long at Red Hornbill, but for a chance to try this hidden gem, it’s definitely worth the wait!
Address: 205 Bedok North Street 1 #01-357, Singapore 460205
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-2pm, 4pm-8:30pm, Closed on Mondays
8. Penang Kitchen
For a taste of Malaysia’s Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Kitchen is the best. It is a clash of 3 big flavours, sweet, sour and spicy, all in one bowl. The broth is made with fish stock and different fiery chillis are added. The main feature of Penang Kitchen’s laksa is also the prawn paste that is mixed into the broth, which brings an intensely sweet flavour to the dish. All in all, Penang Kitchen serves a mean bowl of Penang Assam Laksa and if you’re planning on heading down, get ready for a flavourful treat!
Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-05 Coronation Arcade, Singapore 437066
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am-9:30pm
Have a yummier laksa stall in your neighbouthood? Let us know! There’s nothing more comforting that a warm good bowl of laksa on a rainy or bad day.
(Header image from sbs.com.au, words by author)