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Katong 328 Laksa (Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore)

Katong is one of Singapore’s most exciting food hubs –  home to hip cafes, popular Peranakan restaurants and famous laksa stalls. Just the short stretch of East Coast Road between Haig Road and Still Road will have more eating places than many decent sized shopping malls. The number and variety of the restaurants you can find there is amazing but the real thrill is finding places with cheap and good food in Katong. These are places that may never be listed in Michelin or Zagat but have long been very popular among the locals. For the about price of a latte from one of the international coffee chains, you can get in Katong a good traditional breakfast, delectable Teochew snacks, sinful lunch, healthy dinner or late night supper. We list in this food trail post The Ordinary Patrons’ favourite Cheap and Good Food in Katong.

Katong Laksa


Mention food in Katong and one of the first things that spring to mind is Katong Laksa. There has even been a “Laksa War” about who was the original Katong Laksa and the debate about which is the best Katong Laksa rages on. It would seem that the oldest laksa store in Katong is one originally known as Marine Parade Laksa or Janggut Laksa and is now simply known as “The Original Katong Laksa” (see Russel Wong’s Which is the Real “Katong Laksa”?).

The Original Katong Laksa is a simple stall in the food court of Roxy Square. The stall is still run by members of the Ng family and the laksa is prepared by them. The prices are $4 for a small bowl, $5 for medium and $6 for large. Add $0.50 for takeaway.

Katong Laksa

Katong Laksa

Katong Laksa

The more well-known 328 Katong Laksa (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016) is a chain of stores. There are 2 outlets in Katong. The main one at 51 East Coast Road has recently be renovated and is air-conditioned; and that is the one Gordan Ramsay visited for the Hawkers Heroes Challenge. The prices are $5 for a small bowl and $8 for large.

We are not going to start another debate about which is the better Katong Laksa. Both the laksa from The Original Katong Laksa and 328 Katong Laksa are flavourful and good. We have a slight preference for the cheaper version from The Original Katong Laksa.

Katong 328 Laksa (Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2016)

Katong 328 Laksa - Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore

Katong 328 Laksa

The Original Katong Laksa
50 East Coast Road
Roxy Square #01-64
Singapore 428769

Hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm

 

328 Katong Laksa
51 East Coast Road
Singapore 428770
Hours: 8am – 10pm

216/218 East Coast Road
Singapore 428770

Hours: 10am – 9pm


Yong Huat

Yong Huat is a stall in Alibabar, a corner coffee shop modernised into a Hawkers Bar (see Alibabar – O Bun Sesame). It sells traditional local food like Fried Mee Suah, Fishball Minced Meat Noodle and Hokkien Prawn Mee ($3.50 to $8).  Yong Huat’s Fried Kway Teow ($4) with great wok hei and lots of pork lard was one of the best we have eaten. The Fried Hokkien Mee is very popular.

Katong Yong Huat

Katong Yong Huat

Katong Yong Huat

Yong Huat
125 East Coast Road
Singapore 428810

Hours: 8am to 10pm


Yong’s Teochew Kueh

Yong’s Teochew Kueh, best known for its soon kueh and ku chye (chive) kueh, has a variety of traditional steamed Teochew kuehs such as png kueh, yam kueh, and cabbage kueh. The kuehs are handmade on the premises. Prices are between $1.10 to $1.40 per piece.

Most customers buy to takeaway but there are a few small tables where you can sit and have a drink and enjoy the kuehs. It is definitely different from a modern hip cafe but it is a unique charming eating place. The soon kuehs ($1.10 per piece) with skins of perfect thickness and delicious filling are highly recommended.

Yong's Teochew Kueh

Yong's Teochew Kueh

Yong's Teochew Kueh

Yong's Teochew Kueh

Yong’s Teochew Kueh
150 East Coast Road
Singapore 428837

Tel: 63456798

Hours: 7am – 7pm


Ampang Niang Tou Fu

Ampang Niang Tou Fu serves Ampang-style fried Yong Tau Hu in plain soup base. They offer standard portions at $7 per plate but you are allowed to customize your dish by adding or removing items. Each item is priced at $0.70.  It is a no frills place but a good one for a simple healthy tasty meal.

Ampang Niang Tou Fu

Ampang Niang Tou Fu

Ampang Niang Tou Fu

Ampang Niang Tou Fu 
225 E Coast Rd,
Singapore 428922

Tel: 6345 3289

Hours : 11am – 8:30pm


Chin Mee Chin

Chin Mee Chin is an institution in Katong. The kaya toasts, custard puffs, sugee cakes and coffee in this confectionery and coffee shop have been delighting the residents of Katong for generations. The place look almost unchanged from 30 years ago. Stepping into Chin Mee Chin is like stepping back in time, a time where a coffee shop is not fanciful but sells food that is cheap and good.

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

It is almost always crowded. Be prepared to queue for a while and to share a table with other customers. Don’t expect refined restaurant service or chatty staff at Chin Mee Chin. The staff is there to sell and serve you food not to brighten up your day with witty remarks or charming smiles. The star of the place is the food.

Chin Mee Chin’s kaya toast ($1) is a round bun with a slightly crispy outside and fluffy inside served with a thick layer of house made kaya and topped with a generous slice of butter. A traditional breakfast of toast, 2 soft-boiled eggs and coffee will cost $3.70. You can help yourself to whatever may be available at the display shelves –  freshly made luncheon meat bread, cream puff, custard tart or whatever they decide to bake at that time – and pay according to what you declare at the time of payment. It is an honour system from the old days adding to the unique experience of having simple but delightful cakes and snacks in a real traditional setting. For a real experience of old school Singapore coffee shop, it is hard to find a better place than Chin Mee Chin.

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

Chin Mee Chin in Katong

KatongCMC-9

Chin Mee Chin
204 East Coast Rd
Singapore 428903

Tel: 6345 0419

Hours: Tue–Sun: 8am – 4.30pm


See Also Food Court in Roxy Square

Roxy Square Food Court

Bei-Ing Wanton Noodles

The Food Court in Roxy Square in a good option when you like to have a good affordable meal in Katong. It is an Eating Place with interesting stalls and sufficient variety.

Roxy Square
50 East Coast Road
Singapore 428769


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a Singapore food blog by ordinary people looking for places to eat

3 Comments

  1. Katong looks so colorful! Great food pictures – the dishes look absolutely scrumptious 🙂

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