Friday, March 24, 2017

Roxy Laksa : the best of Katong Laksa

It started in 1952 as a pull cart outside the then Roxy Theatre by the founder, Mr Lim Kok Seng. He was there with his son, Mr Lim Eng Hock for about 26 years until the closure of Roxy Theatre in 1978. They moved to East Coast Lagoon Food Village in 1979. Mike Lim, the current owner is the 3rd generation hawker and he started helping his father when he was done with National Service in 1981. He has eventually taken over the business and also inherited the family recipe. 

As none of his children is willing to take over the stall, he has decided to partner with chef Willin Low, an ex-lawyer that turned chef, which is also the owner cum chef of Wild Rocket. The heavily guarded family recipe has since passed on to chef Willin Low followed by the move to a stall in Timbre+ along Ayer Rajah Crescent. Chef Willin Low has been their regular customer and is a big fan of this legendary Laksa. He is planning to produce laksa paste based on this heritage recipe under the brand name.

The stall is currently run by Mike and Daisy, his wife and this is an assurance that the original taste is still maintained. The ingredients like coconuts, prawns and spices are sourced from his supplier or directly from the market. The coconuts are then freshly shredded and squeezed, he insisted on using only the freshly squeezed coconut milk. The spices are ground by Mike on a weekly basis in his own way. 

This is a bowl of a good Katong laksa and it is much better than the other one that is along East Coast Road. It is reasonably priced at $4.50 and it is $5.80 if you order with an otah which costs $1.50 if you order it separately. It consists of a good portion of thick bee hoon with ingredients like few slices of fishcake and 3 pieces of halved prawn, they do not serve with cockles. The smooth gravy is fragrant and rather light with a slight hint of dried shrimps. The sambal chilli though not really spicy but it has brought forth the flavour. 

With the step in of chef Willin Low, they are going to be around for a while longer.

73A Ayer Rajah Crescent #01-17 Timbre+ SINGAPORE 139957
Operating Hours: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (Closed on Sundays)

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