I told myself that I wont go home not tasting the world famous authentic Laksa of Singapore. I was told that Laksa is the unofficial National Food of Singapore. And I was told that the best is at the Lau Pa Sat at Boon Tat Street.
The Lau Pa Sat is a great place to eat. Anybody who want to experience all the local food this the place to be. Everyday around 6pm, people of different culture will converge and have a good time.
When I went to Lau Pa Sat, the place was still getting ready. So there were still stalls still opening. But I was in luck because there is this place were I would say that has the best Laksa I have ever tasted. Which is the first I ever had.
This is my first bowl, so I ordered the large one and it only cost S$3.50. At first I studied the bowl and see what consist my bowl of Laksa. There was a large portion of shrimps, pork, pork belly, rice noodles bathed in spicy gravy, fragrant with herbs and coconut milk and a teaspoon red hot chili.
So I picked up the plastic spoon to cool down the noodles using my chopstick. Then I give it a big bite. It was hot and delicious. Every bite is very tasty. I tried not to eat all the shrimp but before I knew it I have only one left in my bowl. Every time I will make a bite, the smell of chili will always comes first then the hotness of the soup. Those combination is truly remarkable. With this experience I can tell that Laksa are meant to be eaten hot.
In every Singaporean eatery is a Kopitiam where you can buy your drinks, where you can only buy your drinks. I got a can of coke and a cup of bandong which really didn’t help in easing the hotness of the dish. But that was what you are looking for when eating a bowl of Laksa.
According to Lau Pa Sat website. Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in the Hokkien dialect) was Singapore’s first wet market that dates back over 150 years ago to the time of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. It was subsequently converted into a famous gourmet paradise and has been gazetted as a national monument since 1973.
Lau Pa Sat is the largest remaining Victorian filigree cast-iron structure in Southeast Asia. Located in the heart of Singapore’s business district, the former wet market has been restored and is now a favourite food centre of the locals, offering a wide and affordable variety of local food.
If your going to visit Singapore, I really recommend to go and eat at Lau Pa Sat, especially at night where the everything comes to life. Here’s a link to locate Lau Pa Sat.