11 January, 2009

Taste of Malaysia Series 2 - Cathay Laksa

Due to the “cleanup” by the health ministry along with the legislation and licensing of street hawkers in the late 60s and early 70s, one could no longer enjoy the good food prepared by hawkers along the streets of Singapore. However, if one decided to re-visit the good old days, all one need to do is to follow the few hints that HFB is going to dish out for you – and you will chanced upon a stretch of street hawkers in Johor Bahru.

Look out for (1) Plaza Pelangi and the (2) Standard Chartered Bank opposite the petrol station in (3) Taman Century close to the Causeway, and one will be amazed to find street hawkers thriving in the evening starting from 5.30pm onwards. And the one stall that HFB will definitely give it a try, is the Cathay Laksa (RM3.00) served by the Food Nazi, “black faced” auntie – HFB frequent there often and has never once seen her smile before.

Served almost similarly to Laksa Yong Tau Foo style – with lots of Beancurd, Beancurd Skin, Fried Fishballs and Cockles – devotees of laksa served with rich amounts of coconut milk (hint: Katong Laksa), however would be disappointed with the version served here.

Weak and tasteless” would probably be some terms coined by them, but HFB prefer the clearer, less heavy on the palate gravy offered by Cathay Laksa. Also, the reality that it isn’t as ‘jelak’ means HFB can often cleaned up a second helping easily if he isn’t watching his waistline.

Bee Hoon mixed with Yellow Mee is often the preferred choice of HFB and the chewy Fried Fishballs are his favourite.

And if you are visiting the place for the first time, you might also wish to give the Char Kway Teow and the Dessert stall that sells pretty good Cheng Teng a try!


Food: 4.5/5 (Like the gravy and the fried fishballs)
Service: 3/5 (Grouchy auntie)
Ambience: 3/5 (One sit on tables lined up along the narrow street behind the buildings)
Price: 5/5 (Ha! It's a steal)
Total: 15.5/20
Jalan Harimau Tarum, Taman Century
80250 Johor Bahru
(The lane behind Standard Chartered Bank)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The auntie is always like that for the last 25 years, she is the second generation and probably the last stall left, they used to have another branch located beside the current checkpoint, but has since closed.

I love the laksa so much that I whooped down 8 bowls when I was younger :-)

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