16 Jul 2007 • 184 reviews • 15 followers
OK this isnt exactly Katong, in fact, it is not even within walking distance. There are 2 coffee shops at this junction of Telok Kurau Road and Changi Road. The one I went to is the smaller one opposite the petrol station.
The small coffee shop has only about 15 tables and is only 2 tables deep with a long frontage along Changi Road, so it has good ventilation and a lot of noise of traffic going past just 3m away. Whilst ventilation is good, there is a lot of radiated heat on a hot sunny day from the road surface, and when we last went, it was rather hot.... it is the sort of place that is more comfy in the cooler months of the year. Definitely not a place for nice ambience although I have experience much worse as some food centres. It is an old place that has not seen any refurbishment for at least 20 years (I think).
Well, the laksa is prepared personally by this guy who has been making laksa for the last 30 years and he only makes laksa and nothing else. The stall next door sells chicken rice and another one sells special carrot cake with ikan bilis. So, what we do is order laksa and chicken (no rice) and add the chicken to the laksa - BEST!
The laksa itself ($3) is one of the better ones I have tasted with good robust flavour and not too heavy (like the old Depot Road one, which is a bit jelak and heavier on your arteries). Add the chicken in and it is really really quite good. How does it compare to the more famous stalls - well, as good (but taste is personal) - to me, it is better but I know some people prefer some of the ones on East Coast Road
The carrot cake (chye tow kuch) is OK but at the last visit it was only so-so - too mashed up and soft. Nice ikan bilis though.
I don't usually see such great co-operation and teamwork from the different stallholders. The drinks stall, the laksa man, the chicken rice man - they all help each other to take orders, serve and clean up - I suppose it is one of these places where they have been neighbours for decades. Result is - pretty good service for a coffee shop that puts some better places to shame
This is my place for Laksa - but can't go too often ... must watch my arteries.