Laksa is a much loved Singaporean dish, claimed by many to be the country’s national dish (along with Chilli Crab, Fish Head Curry and Chicken Rice). This sweet/spicy soup is made up of thick rice noodles steeped in a spicy gravy, thickened with chilli paste and coconut milk. It is commonly topped with cockles, prawns, fish cakes and bean sprouts. The laksa found in Singapore is based on the Nonya (Peranakan – a marriage of Chinese and Malay ingredients) version of the dish, typically found in Melaka, Malaysia.
Laksa can be found in all the hawker centres and food courts around Singapore, but the best place to sample this local delicacy is to head on out to Katong in the East of the city. This area is traditionally associated with the Peranakan community, and the ‘Katong Laksa War’ is something of a legend in Singapore. This story has been well documented in the press over the years, telling the story of the feuding laksa stall owners in Katong who all claim to have the original and the best version of this much-loved dish.
The three famous laksa shops involved in the ‘laksa war’ can be found at the corner of East Coast Road and Ceylon Road and include: Famous 49 Katong Laksa at 49 East Coast Road, 328 Laksa at no. 51 East Coast Road and Marine Parade Laksa in Roxy Square, at no.50 East Coast Road.