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Singapore - "The Other" Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

klyeoh | Oct 13, 2012 12:17 AM

We chanced upon this stall in Hong Lim Food Centre this morning after giving up queuing for the ever-busy Heng Kee Curry Mee when the line hardly budged after half an hour.

Interesting - this spot also laid claim to being the "Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa". Another chap in front of me asked the stall-owner/chef, "Are you related to the Kelantan Lane one?". The stall-owner retorted, "We have nothing to do with them - they have their food offerings, we have ours". He sounded confident. Our interest was piqued.

Anyway, my friend, a mee siam aficionado, said she wanted to try the intriguing-sounding "Fruit Juice Mee Siam". I told her it probably meant they used fresh lime juice instead of processed tamarind juice (I was right). I ordered the laksa, of course.

Both dishes tasted light (spice-wise) and fresher than the usual over-boiled, over-cooked, over-spiced versions we find, especially in chains, these days.

The Trishaw Laksa was interesting: coarse "laksa" rice noodles, garnished with a small poached Teochew crawfish, 3 small slivers of poached shrimps, almost-raw cockles, fishcake strips, poached chicken breastmeat & tofu puffs. A dollop of chili paste added the requisite heat. The laksa broth was fairly thin, and chopped laksa leaves lent a nice scent. It was soupy and less rich than the version we normally get from the Katong eateries.

The Mee Siam was also cooked with a lighter touch, I liked the fact that its sourness was not in-your-face overdone like in Toastbox or Killiney Road versions. The thin "bee hoon" rice noodles were smothered in a light, soupy gravy with the lime juice lending a gentler sourish tinge compared to the sharp, acidic tamarind juice usually used for making this dish. It was garnished with shrimps, a hard-boiled egg, chives, beansprouts & finely-cut tofu puffs,

Very satisfying versions. I'll have to return another time to try their Mee Rebus.

Address details
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre #02-66
Singapore 051531

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