07 Aug '15, 9pm
When you're in Singapore, you have to eat katong laksa.
For Singaporeans, hawker food is convenience food. If you ask them about their favorite food stall, it’s usually one close to where they live or work. Only an outsider would waste time going across town for chicken rice or dry mee sua or carrot cake when there’s a fine char kuey teow place around the corner. The overall quality of eating in Singapore is just too high. For sure, some places are better than others, but you’re almost always within striking distance of something good. I discovered this for myself recently. A friend—Tienlon Ho, contributor to this magazine—emailed me to say, “Hey you’re gonna be in Singapore? You have to eat Katong laksa . If you have time, read this blog post about it.” Katong laksa is a version of the classic Malaysian noodle soup, where the noodles are cut into bite-size pieces so the whole dish—rich coconut broth, whole shrimp, fish cakes, ...