Southeast Asia, a melting pot of different cultures and traditions with tons of amazing hybrid food. Amongst all these different foods, there’s a dish that we feel that sums up this diverse melting pop of culture and tradition – the humble Laksa. Laksa’s mysterious origins probably stem from fusing two different cuisines: Chinese/Javanese and Malay cooking. This hybridisation of culinary methods and ingredients is now formally known as Peranakan cuisine.
In 1921, The Chinese migrants came over in huge junk ships…blah blah blah (Well let’s skip the history and get straight down to food!) Laksa has become a unique South East Asian delicacy that we would definitely recommend to foreign friends visiting the region!
Here at Plum, we have curated a list of the humble Singaporean Laksa just for you ( Which by the way – is available on our menus for you to order and savour in the comfort of your office 🙂 )
- Nyonya Laksa by Chong Wen Ge Peranakan
When the Plum team visited Chong Wen Ge Peranankan cafe, the fragrance of the thick creamy Laksa broth punched us in the face. Springy rice noodles served in a mildly spiced rich coconut soup, topped with big fresh glass prawns, pacific clams and their must-have fishcakes. That’s not all, a bowl of laksa is definitely not complete without the beancurd puffs (Tau Pok) that absorbs the rich broth. We love how the soup engulfs us mortals with such huge flavours as we bite into these juicy puffs. The laksa is then beautifully garnished with bean sprouts and finely chopped laksa leaves.
Nyonya Laksa at Chong Wen Ge Peranakan cafe is definitely a top choice for you to taste traditional Laksa!
168 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068619
Opening hours: 11:00 am- 5:30 pm (Mon-Sun)
2. Laksa Chicken Noodles by Da Po Hainanese Curry Chicken Noodle
Next up! We have Laksa Chicken Noodles from Da Po Hainanese Curry Chicken Noodle. No prizes for guessing why this laksa is unique compared to the rest. Da Po Laksa is loaded with tender and juicy chicken chunks which is a refreshing change from the usual seafood combination that most laksa establishments offer.
Do not be mistaken that the flavours are compromised due to the lack of seafood, this dish definitely holds it’s own with a rich creamy broth that’s simply heavenly to slurp down! We love how well the thick rice noodles complemented the full-bodied broth, and we definitely will come back for seconds! This Laksa Chicken noodle makes an interesting option for our non-seafood eaters and those who just want to indulge a good bowl of laksa.
Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodle
505 Beach Road, #B1-53, Golden Mile Food Centre
Opening hours: 10:30 am-9.30 pm (Mon-Sun), Closed on Alternate Monday
3. Claypot Laksa by Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa (Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner)
Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa is definitely an open secret that we’d happy to divulge. We sampled their rich and savoury gravy and immediately fell in love with it. The base consists of thick bee hoon (rice vermicelli), topped off with a generous assortment of prawns, cockles, shredded chicken, Taupok (fried beancurd), and slices of fish cake for a myriad of textures—but the thing that sets it apart is the gravy.
The gravy has a rich Lemak fragrance infused with their coconut milk that is so satisfying with every mouthful. It is no surprise Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei is a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner!
Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-75 Alexandra Village, 151120
Opening hours: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat), Closed on Sundays
4. Vegan Laksa by Green Dot
Good news to all our vegan friends! Green Dot’s has done it again by making the impossible possible. Introducing their Vegan Laksa (yes vegan!), which is freshly prepared daily with no artificial pastes or flavourings. Their handmade Laksa broth is made from scratch and spiced with the more unusual blue ginger, yellow ginger, various chilis and spices and laksa leaves and various mock meats.
The mock meats tasted so authentic we could hardly tell the difference and we truly are obsessed with how fragrant and aromatic the Laksa gravy was. Mmmm…Sedap!
1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-33/K2 The Star Vista, 138617
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
5. Signature Claypot Crayfish Laksa by Wok Master
Last but definitely not least, we present to you the mother of all Laksas, definitely the most ‘Atas’ (premium) Laksa in this article, it is none other than Signature Claypot Crayfish Laksa by Wok Master. Silky smooth rice vermicelli soaked in spicy coconut shrimp broth that is painstakingly simmered for hours before being served in a clay pot, this dish is definitely worth the wait.
Apart from the classic laksa ingredients, Wok Masters adds a crowning touch – a fresh whole crayfish! Yes, you heard me, not half but whole! Feeling like a diva now? It’s time to up your Laksa game!
180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539 (City Square Mall)
Opening hours: 10:00 am- 10:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Here at Plum we would like to say, ‘Terima Kasih kepada Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan yang membaca article ini.’ ( Thank you for reading this article Ladies and Gentleman.) Jokes aside, we are dead certain that these Laksas will brighten the darkest days we can’t wait for you to try them! Feast on our South-East Asian delicacy, download the Plum app and order today!