Laksa is one of Singapore’s most beloved hawker dishes, and 328 Katong Laksa is one of the better-known shops selling it (along with its rival Janggut Laksa at Queensway Shopping Centre). There’s just something ultra-comforting about the dish — silky rice vermicelli which you slurp up with coconut milk and dried shrimps-spiked spicy gravy, blood cockles and a hard-boiled egg. So we were delighted to discover that 328 Katong Laksa had quietly opened a ‘premium’ concept outlet last year in the heart of Orchard Road, at the revamped 111 Somerset mall.
Called Yellow Cube by 328 Katong Laksa, the 12-seat kiosk sells luxe versions of its classic laksa; each bowl comes with your choice of either mussels, clams or prawns, and you can top up to get an onsen egg or otah to go with your laksa. Instead of serving long, unwieldy vermicelli that slides back into the soup and splashes all over your clothes, 328 Katong Laksa cuts its noodles into bite-sized strands.