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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

If you are looking for what Singapore laksa tastes like in the 1960s, get it at Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre. But, you need to be there early as Woo Ji opens at 6am and sells out by 10am latest.

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Woo Ji serves old school Singapore prawn mee soup and curry laksa.

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The stall was founded in 1960s Smith Street, the original foodie street of Singapore. Woo Ji is operated by the third generation now.


Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Breakfast for three of us. S$3 each. Incredibly, there is also a $2 version just like the 1980s.

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

The curry laksa broth is relatively light bodied (unlike the more prevalent Katong laksa of today's Singapore). There is less coconut milk but enough to impart sweetness to the curry. Dried prawns provide most of the crustacean savouriness to the savoury sweet spicy broth. Spiciness was mild, needing the sambal chili to boost it a notch or two (depending on taste).

This curry is similar in texture and flavour as those in Johor Bahru (where heavy body Katong laksa with lots of coconut milk isn't a thing).

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

The dried prawns gave the curry the umami and the dollop of sambal gave it a little more spicy kick. Ask for more sambal chili, if you need.

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

The $3 version has two fried wantons, pieces of tau pok, two fried fish balls and a yong tau foo chili pepper stuffed with fish paste.

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Springy thick bee hoon, the best carb to go with the curry laksa.

Singapore Laksa @ Woo Ji Cooked Food in Chinatown Complex Food Centre

👉 Get the Old Singapore Laksa taste for just $2 or $3. Whether it suits modern palates or not, it is a cultural artefact, a blast from the past. Not sure, for how long more we can enjoy this.

My walking guide to hawker stalls in Chinatown Complex Food Centre 👈 click

Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Restaurant name: Woo Ji Cooked Food 胡记熟食
Address:  #02-56, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 335 Smith Street, Singapore (Green Zone)
Maphttp://bit.ly/IkanBilisYTF 
GPS: 1.282645, 103.842876 
Hours: 6:00am to 10:00am (Tues off)

Non Halal



Date: 27 Jul 2019

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