King’s Laksa Steamboat – Steamboat Feast with a Laksa Twist
King’s Laksa Steamboat might have earned a reputation amongst locals, but did you know that it’s previous management has since been replaced by a husband and wife duo in October 2016? Regardless, the duo preserves our all-time favourite steamboat by adding their homemade Laksa gravy, as a soup base, into their menu.
We arrived at King’s Laksa on a weekday afternoon, and it wasn’t packed. Beyond the entrance, we caught a glimpse of the leftover waste by previous patrons. At first glance, I thought the staff were idling. However, it turns out that there was only one staff tending to the preparation for dinner, as well as attending to the needs of patrons whom were still having their lunch steamboat. I was very impressed with the chef’s ability to accede to our multiple requests for uncooked meats and cooked dishes, despite not having sufficient help. Thankfully, the rest of the staff came in halfway during our steamboat experience.
The wallet-friendly steamboat includes free-flow drinks and ice cream (Lunch: Adult $20.80++, Child $16.80++; Dinner: Adult: $25.80++ Child: $16.80++). Patrons of the restaurant are entitled to 2 types of soup bases in the steamboat session. However, you can top up an $8 if you prefer to have 3 types of soup bases. We got both the mild tasting Chicken Soup base and of course, the Laksa soup base.
“We use shrimps, lemongrass, garlic, chilli and a lot of ingredients in our homemade Laksa soup, which requires more than 8 hours of preparation time. Frying the Laksa paste alone already takes about 4 hours,” co-owner Emily shared about their Laksa. The taste of the Laksa soup truly reflects the amount of effort that has gone into concocting the soup. The Laksa soup is fragrant and has a rich coconut milk aftertaste. A word of caution, the coconut milk within the Laksa soup burns easily if left heated for too long. So, remember to constantly stir the pot of Laksa soup to prevent it from getting burnt!
For starters, you might like to help yourself to their self-serve section if you desire some of the traditional steamboat ingredients such as broccoli, crab meat sticks, seafood tofu and eggs. Though this section contains only a limited variety of ingredients, the selection changes everyday so you might get new ingredients and vegetables the next time you visit. Not to worry, King’s Laksa assures you that local favourites such as Enoki Mushrooms remain in their self-serve section.
You can order fingers food, noodles, meats, seafood and more to complete your steamboat experience. The Noodles section offers classic Wholemeal Yellow Noodles and Laksa Noodles, as well as uncommon choices such as Brown Rice Laksa Noodles and Hand pulled La Mian. We opted for the Laksa Noodles, which paired really well with the Laksa soup.
I didn’t really have any expectations of the finger food, but King’s Laksa delivers cooked food that is surprisingly satisfying. You must order their Fried Tofu, which comes covered in sweet chilli Thai sauce. The combination of its silky soft interior, crispy skin and sweet chilli made it highly addictive. I also recommend getting their Golden Mantou to dip in the Laksa soup. Absolutely delish!
The restaurant offers a variety of meats and seafood that is familiar to most steamboat veterans. For the meats, some of the regular ingredients include Sliced Pork, Chicken, Beef and even Lamb. You could also sample their Beef Tripe, which is the lining of a cow’s stomach. King’s Laksa also offers a selection of seafood such as sliced fish, fresh prawns, mussels and flower crab. I’d usually drench my cooked meats and seafood in the given condiments, but cooking the ingredients in the Laksa soup really added a layer of rich, “lemak” flavour which is sufficient for me to leave my usual soy sauce-garlic mix out.
“We only source for quality ingredients that are fresh!” Emily guarantees. It’s no wonder this place is mad packed with diners on Friday evenings and weekends. With such affordable prices, I’d definitely return to King’s Laksa Steamboat to satisfy my Laksa cravings.
King’s Laksa Steamboat
Address: 17 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545724
Phone: 6287 8010
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
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