Amongst the usual local food in, I think laksa is one of the most popular ones. Laksa is a Peranakan dish, which is a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine. It’s hard to differentiate if laksa is a Singaporean or Malay dish, but nonetheless, it’s found in both Singapore and Malaysia.
Laksa can be classified into 2 types. (Singapore) Katong Laksa or (Penang) Assam Laksa. There are also other types of laksa, but these 2 are the most popular ones.
Katong laksa is curry based and it’s the main laksa people eat when they come to Singapore. Sometimes, they call it Singapore Katong Laksa. It is curry based; rather spicy. It usually comes with prawns, egg, beancurd, fish cake and cockles. This laksa, representing Singapore, was so delicious.
A great place I recommend you to eat katong laksa is Sungei Road Laksa. This stall is unique because they do not provide chopsticks. People travel all the way here to eat their laksa, hence the queue never ends. They also only sell Katong Laksa, taking “specialisation” to a whole new level. And the best thing? It’s only $3!
Information on Sungei Road Laksa
Penang Assam Laska in Singapore
This is the one I love. Assam is a type of fish and this soup base is clearer. It’s also sour and spicy to taste. It’s origins is in Penang, so please go eat it if you’re there! The ingredients include pineapple (but the soup base is not sweet), mint, assam fish, onions, Singapore white noodles and some other spices and vegetables.
The best thing? I used to stay just beside this laksa place, and my brother and I will always buy take away from the store to bring home and eat. It costs $3.00 and it’s a taste of what heaven is. I hope there’s assam laksa in heaven.
Information on Penang Assam Laksa
Share and comment below on your best laksa place in Singapore! I shall eat them and find out.