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5am queue for superb fried dumplings in laksa

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles was initially simply Lau Jiang Fishball Noodles, a reputation that older Singaporeans might keep in mind from the unique stall at Alexandra.

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - Happy Hawkers Coffeeshop

That stall was arrange in 1971 and moved to its present location at Joyful Hawkers coffeeshop, which is lower than a minute’s stroll from Exit A of Tiong Bahru MRT Station (EW17). It’s operated by the unique hawker’s daughter, Alexandrea Eng.

She was obscured by steam, whipping up a storm with gusto after I arrived final week. The steam apparently didn’t obscure her imaginative and prescient— her smiling face cheerily referred to as out, “Good day! Laksa Noodles for you?” after I had simply reached the primary desk.

“Early fowl catches the worm”, I assumed, however that might simply as simply be in reference to the stall’s 5am opening time.

What I attempted at Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles

Fishball noodles are what launched this stall though the laksa appears to be their trending dish these days. You’ve gotten 2 choices for Laksa (S$5.50 for small, S$6.50 for big).

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - laksa

“How would you like it,” requested the woman hawker, “I can do it any manner you want. In order for you extra elements and fewer noodles, can. The opposite manner round, can also!” Deciding to belief her model, I replied, “Give me the way you eat it your self.”

She laughed and acquired proper to work, tossing noodles and elements about with aplomb. Inside a couple of minutes, I had a steaming bowl of scrumptious laksa at my desk. Oh, man, it smelled good!

Then, there was the great thing about the sight. Wealthy, yellow laksa gravy speckled with orange, brown-yellow tau pok, a glimpse of white shredded rooster, and a fried dumpling doing its greatest imitation of an iceberg. Brilliant pink sliced chilli, deeper red-brown sambal and a bathe of inexperienced from chopped laksa leaf accomplished the scene.

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - taugeh and noodles

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - noodles and fish cake

Someplace beneath the wealth of elements lay some yellow noodles, I used to be certain. After I went exploring with my chopsticks, I uncovered the noodles in addition to taugeh, half a boiled egg and fish cake.

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - cockles (hum)

There have been additionally about ten shucked hum (cockles). I even unintentionally ate one later (not a fan).

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - fried dumpling

My consideration was drawn to the semi-submerged dumpling. It was a fried dumpling, certain, besides it was flat and the pores and skin was darkish brown, in contrast to something I had seen in laksa earlier than. “Have been they burnt?” I assumed, cringing on the considered bringing it up with the pleasant Alexandrea. I constructed up the braveness to take a chew.

Wow. By no means choose a ebook by its cowl, guys. This straightforward little factor was a masterpiece in disguise.

I sat down with Alexandrea after I ate as a result of I needed to find out about these dumplings. She revealed that every one is created with a layer of fish paste, adopted by a layer of minced meat, after which a string of secret elements.

That scrumptious style was partly additionally because of the scrumptious triangular delights absorbing the fantastic laksa soup. The soup was particularly pretty for the tau pok (which I like anyway) as a result of they’re so absorbent and soaked up all of the creamy goodness.

There was a twist to the fish cake, which Alexandrea revealed was because of her re-frying them after they’re delivered contemporary each morning. This provides a brand new dimension to each the feel and the flavour, each in a great way.

I liked the creaminess of the soup. Often after I’m carried out with the noodles and elements, I abandon the remaining soup. At the present time, I sat down and took spoonful after spoonful. It simply is likely to be that the laksa soup absorbed the essence of all of the elements and grew extra scrumptious as I ate.

Observe, this laksa is spicy, even with out the chilli on the facet. It’s an indication of how tasty I discovered it that I stored slurping the soup down regardless of my tongue calling out for mercy.

Last ideas

It’s laborious to be shocked by laksa after you’ve had so many bowls over time. Alexandrea’s spin on the traditional native dish didn’t fully blow me away however her particular rendition of fried dumplings actually made me sit up and take note of laksa after a very long time.

Given how properly all the pieces was put collectively, I requested her how she got here up with so many various elements of the dish that labored so properly. She defined that her household is deeply linked to cooking, with Heman Tan, the Iron Man Chef and MasterChef Singapore 2022 winner, Johnathan Chew each a part of the prolonged clan.

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles - Alexandrea Eng

Wow, now that’s pedigree. Alexandrea is content material in her area of interest, although, and continues to take recommendation and inspiration from the individuals round her.

She additionally needed to stress that she shares the stall with one other hawker, who takes over after 1pm, and that their meals is totally different.

Anticipated injury: $4.50 – $7.50 per pax

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Our Ranking: 4 / 5

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles

18 Jalan Membina, Joyful Hawkers Coffeeshop, Singapore 164018


Our Ranking 4/5

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodles

18 Jalan Membina, Joyful Hawkers Coffeeshop, Singapore 164018

Phone: +65 9328 4568

Working Hours: 5am – 1pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Solar



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