When Singaporeans think of laksa, 328 Katong Laksa (1 Star Michelin) is one of the names that will definitely come into mind. I still remembered back then when I am still in school, quite a few of my foreign friends actually asked me about 328 Katong Laksa and they would like to try it out – That is how popular it is! Well, it does seems that beating Gordon Ramsay in a cooking showdown in 2013 indeed make 328 Katong Laksa more popular than ever, especially among tourists.
In Katong Laksa (Variant of Laksa originated from Katong in Singapore), noodles are normally cut into smaller piences so you can eat the laksa with just a spoon alone.
I am never a fan of Laksa, probably because I know I will 99% get diarrhea after having one. My stomach system doesn’t seem to like coconut milk + curry laksa soup base. Despite this, I am still tempted to write a review for 328 Katong Laksa after so many people asked me about it. I think tourists who visit Singapore will find the review useful too.
Okay, the good thing now is that customers can easily find 328 Katong Laksa’s outlets in East coast, Thomson, Queensway or Pasir Panjang. I decided to make a trip down to their Thomson branch which is located at United Square as it is nearer to me. Being a Singaporean, I have to admit that this is also the first time I am trying 328 Katong Laksa too.
I ordered a laksa (small bowl), a can of coke, and one mackerel fish otah (great to go along when eating laksa). Total cost is S$8.45.
Laksa – S$5.35, S$6.45, S$7.50
The Laksa comes in three different sizes – small, medium and large bowl. If you want it to be spicier, you can use the spoon and scoop some chili sauces on top of your noodles (self-service). At first taste, the gravy of the laksa is strong and rich in flavor. The dish also comes with fish cakes, prawns, and cockles. Though a bit small, the prawns taste crisp and fresh.
As expected of Katong Laksa, the noodles are cut into smaller pieces to allow customers to eat just by using a spoon. This is what we called improving “User Experience” or “UX”.
Soft-drink – S$1.70
You can bring your own drink if you are on a budget. At S$1.70, the price of their soft drink is a bit steeper than outside. A normal can of soft-drink (coke) will cost just S$1.30 at normal coffee shops.
Mackerel Fish Otah – S$1.40
For those of you who don’t know, Otah is a popular dish in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia where the fish paste is wrapped with spices and banana leaf before being grilled over fire. Their fish otah tastes quite normal though, nothing special. Personally, I prefer the famous Muar style fish otah where the meat juicier and the taste is stronger.
Getting to 328 Katong Laksa
Address: 51/53 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770, Operating Hours: 8am – 10pm
Address: 216/218 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770, Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm
Address: 101 Thomson Road, United Square, #01-K1 Singapore 307591, Operating Hours: 9am – 8pm
Address: 1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-60 Singapore 149053, Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Address: 89 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118511, Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm
- Quality of Food - 8.5/108.5/10
- Customer Service - 7.5/107.5/10
- Value for Money - 6/106/10
- Atmosphere - 6/106/10
I feel that 328 Katong Laksa live up to its hype and name. Definitely, their laksa is better than average. The prices are not considered cheap though. Due to the rise of their brand, their prices increase too.
I don’t eat laksa regularly so I can’t really comment or feedback if they are worth the #1 laksa in Singapore title as claimed by them.
For tourists who are curious about Laksa, please do feel free to try them out. 328 Katong Laksa is one of the best laksa places in Singapore.