57 East Coast Road

57 East Coast Road

I’m not sure how original the Original Katong Laksa also known as Marine Parade Laksa is. But it’s not bad, and goes down pretty well with a piece of otak.

There are lots of other places along this road at which to dine, but somehow me, brown and the rest of the office end up here come dinner time, either for the laksa or the economy rice, even though the fare at the rice stall really doesn’t vary much from day to day. Maybe it’s the understated comfort of routine. Or something.

But if you’re in the area, come sit down at this little coffee shop with the Original Katong Laksa also known as Marine Parade Laksa, and I’m telling you not just because the fella that runs the joint is my Army buddy Alvin. There’s also the kopi auntie who remembers what your usual beverage is just after two visits, and a new “modern western food” stall that serves pretty decent fare cheaply.

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19 thoughts on “57 East Coast Road”

  1. oh that auntie. I recognise that place! it’s the one beside the overhead bridge rite?
    Haha last time the joint was owned by my friend who sell chinese roti prata. Biz at that location is bad… that’s why it change a couple of owners…

  2. oh that auntie. I recognise that place! it’s the one beside the overhead bridge rite?
    Haha last time the joint was owned by my friend who sell chinese roti prata. Biz at that location is bad… that’s why it change a couple of owners…

  3. Is it tat bad? I dun think so leh…maybe your fren didnt managed it well? I have been there a couple of times and it was pretty crowded..

    The laksa was yummy. The western food very nice oso….

  4. Is it tat bad? I dun think so leh…maybe your fren didnt managed it well? I have been there a couple of times and it was pretty crowded..

    The laksa was yummy. The western food very nice oso….

  5. THere’s lotsa ‘passerby’ down there esp there’s a pub beside it if i still remember. Hmmm i duno about the western food but that laksa auntie move to that kopitiam not too long ago too.

  6. THere’s lotsa ‘passerby’ down there esp there’s a pub beside it if i still remember. Hmmm i duno about the western food but that laksa auntie move to that kopitiam not too long ago too.

  7. As far as I know, the Marine Parade Laksa is supposed to be the original one since my mom said we’ve had it since a long time back when there wasn’t any other competitors.

  8. As far as I know, the Marine Parade Laksa is supposed to be the original one since my mom said we’ve had it since a long time back when there wasn’t any other competitors.

  9. i live around there but im not sure if its original. but out of the 3 stalls. i dont like that one the most. they have all the coconut bits floating around. you should try 328. that one is GOOD!

  10. i live around there but im not sure if its original. but out of the 3 stalls. i dont like that one the most. they have all the coconut bits floating around. you should try 328. that one is GOOD!

  11. No. 57 is the real original Katong Laksa. They began at No. 49 many years ago and moved to No. 57 in 1998.

    See following write up taken from http://wineanddine.asiaone.com.sg/news/features/20060108_004.html

    “The Katong Laksa saga began in 1963 when brothers Ng Juat Swee and Ng Chwee Seng started selling laksa at the coffee shop at No. 49.

    The stall, then called Marine Parade Laksa, was very popular and, till the early 1990s, was the only one selling the noodles in the area. Mrs Teo was the landlord of the coffee shop.

    In 1998, the brothers moved out when the landlord wanted to raise their rent, and took a two-year hiatus. The stall was taken over by a food stall helper from Clementi, Ms Nancy Lim, now 42. She named it 328 Laksa.

    After about a year, Mrs Teo wanted to take over the stall herself, so Ms Lim moved across the road to No. 51.

    Meanwhile, three other laksa stalls popped up. The sons of the original Katong Laksa Ng brothers restarted the business at No. 57, and two other stalls opened up at Nos. 45 and 47. And so laksa fans found themselves having to decide between the noodles at Nos. 45, 47, 49, 51 and 57.

    In 1999, Sunday Plus, the predecessor of LifeStyle, ran a story on the feud. It included a review of the stalls by food consultant Violet Oon.

    She rated stall No. 47 the worst. A week after the report, the owner, Madam Ah Ang, reported that business had dropped by half. She closed her shop about three years ago.

    The other stall owners could not recall when No. 45 closed down, but guessed it was between 2001 and 2003.

    Today, only three out of the five stalls remain: No. 57 Katong Laksa, the original run by the Ng family; Ms Lim’s 328 Katong Laksa which is now at No. 53; and No. 49 Katong Laksa, which belongs to Mrs Teo.”

  12. No. 57 is the real original Katong Laksa. They began at No. 49 many years ago and moved to No. 57 in 1998.

    See following write up taken from http://wineanddine.asiaone.com.sg/news/features/20060108_004.html

    “The Katong Laksa saga began in 1963 when brothers Ng Juat Swee and Ng Chwee Seng started selling laksa at the coffee shop at No. 49.

    The stall, then called Marine Parade Laksa, was very popular and, till the early 1990s, was the only one selling the noodles in the area. Mrs Teo was the landlord of the coffee shop.

    In 1998, the brothers moved out when the landlord wanted to raise their rent, and took a two-year hiatus. The stall was taken over by a food stall helper from Clementi, Ms Nancy Lim, now 42. She named it 328 Laksa.

    After about a year, Mrs Teo wanted to take over the stall herself, so Ms Lim moved across the road to No. 51.

    Meanwhile, three other laksa stalls popped up. The sons of the original Katong Laksa Ng brothers restarted the business at No. 57, and two other stalls opened up at Nos. 45 and 47. And so laksa fans found themselves having to decide between the noodles at Nos. 45, 47, 49, 51 and 57.

    In 1999, Sunday Plus, the predecessor of LifeStyle, ran a story on the feud. It included a review of the stalls by food consultant Violet Oon.

    She rated stall No. 47 the worst. A week after the report, the owner, Madam Ah Ang, reported that business had dropped by half. She closed her shop about three years ago.

    The other stall owners could not recall when No. 45 closed down, but guessed it was between 2001 and 2003.

    Today, only three out of the five stalls remain: No. 57 Katong Laksa, the original run by the Ng family; Ms Lim’s 328 Katong Laksa which is now at No. 53; and No. 49 Katong Laksa, which belongs to Mrs Teo.”

  13. Don’t cry you people, the food will always be there on the table, just eat them all up, ok? Be good Johnny.

    Who say koala is a bear?

    Koala is not a bear. It is a tree-climbing animal like monkey, etc.

    Is monkey also a bear to you? Think, you Singaporean.

  14. Don’t cry you people, the food will always be there on the table, just eat them all up, ok? Be good Johnny.

    Who say koala is a bear?

    Koala is not a bear. It is a tree-climbing animal like monkey, etc.

    Is monkey also a bear to you? Think, you Singaporean.

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