Restaurants & Bars

Singapore - Katong Laksa Wars (March 2012 Update)

klyeoh | Mar 16, 201208:23 AM     60

Back to all 3 rival Katong laksa spots again this afternoon.Well - surprise, surprise, my original rating from Oct 2010 (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737820) had to be totally revised after today's visit!

Previously, I'd have rated them thus:
#1: 328 Katong Laksa
#2: Marine Parade Laksa (Roxy Square
)#3: 49 Famous Katong Laksa

However, after today's "3 Laksa Lunches in 1 Hour", I'd rank them:
#1: 49 Famous Katong Laksa
#2: Marine Parade Laksa (Roxy Square)
#3: 328 Katong Laksa

Tastewise, 49 Famous Katong Laksa (which was pooh-poohed by Singapore food critic, Violet Oon, during her taste-test at the height of the infamous "Laksa Wars" 2 decades back) had improved by leaps & bounds! Amazingly, the two women who did most of the cooking today were undoubtedly Mainland Chinese - but obviously well-trained in the art of preparing Nyonya laksa! The laksa soup had the quintessential flavors which laksa connoisseurs looked for, the prawns were fresh and just-cooked, so were the cockles. Everything just came together perfectly. Totally unexpected development for me as, in previous years, I'd been most disappointed in 49 Famous Katong Laksa's version - the blandest in any blind test. Not now though! Theirs was the most piquant and aromatic.

328 Katong Laksa, on the other hand, seemed to be resting on their laurels. But they were extremely friendly, the owner-proprietress oozed charm and charisma, ever-attentive to her customers' needs. But their version, which I tasted barely 5 mnutes' after trying their rival's from across the road, paled in comparison. The prawns were over-cooked, the cockles were under-cooked, and the soup was the thinnest and most tasteless of the 3 I tried today.

Marine Parade Laksa - had the friendliest server. Theirs were the most consistent - unchanging during my numerous visits in the past 30 years or so. Their laksa soup was the creamiest of the lot through their liberal use of coconut milk. Their chilli paste was also the best and most flavorsome.

Address details
49 Famous Katong Laksa
49 East Coast Road
Hock Tong Hin Eating House
Singapore 428768
Tel: +65 6344 5101

Marine Parade Laksa
50 East Coast Road
#01-64, Roxy Square 1
Singapore 428769
Tel: Not available

328 Katong Laksa
216 East Coast Road
Singapore 428914
Tel: +65 9732 8163

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want to eat less sugar, finding no-sugar and low sugar breakfast recipes that are both easy...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.