King's Laksa Steamboat Tasting Session

February 12, 2018 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

King's Laksa Steamboat Tasting Session
17 Teck Chye Terrace

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm



https://kinglaksa.com/


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from Chubby Botak Koala, Purple Taste, and Jelly Magically.



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(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Budget about SGD $27 per person.


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Been more than 4 years since I last visited King's Laksa Steamboat, and I'm glad to say their signature dishes are now even better than before. As their name suggests, King's Laksa Steamboat specialises in a unique Singaporean steamboat soup base - laksa, and they remain a casual, affordable option for steamboat if you're in the Upper Serangoon / Kovan / Paya Lebar area.

King's Laksa Steamboat Exterior
King's Laksa Steamboat Exterior


King's Laksa Steamboat Interior
King's Laksa Steamboat Interior



Ambience at King's Laksa Steamboat is among their highlights. While the modern, functional furniture is relatively comfortable, and the bright spot lights create an interplay of light and shadow against the mostly black and white hues of the place, the strong point here is actually their ventilation. Unlike other steamboat places, you don't have a strong cooking odour in the air, so you leave feeling comfortable.

Seating
Seating


Eat Whatever
Eat Whatever



Service at King's Laksa Steamboat remains friendly and efficient. Staff offer greetings and will quickly seat guests. They display sufficient product knowledge on the menu to suggest recommendations, and quickly fulfill orders or requests. I do wish they would come around more frequently to clear away empty / finished plates though. Also, payment is self-service, over the counter.

King's Laksa Steamboat Prices
King's Laksa Steamboat Prices


Menu
Menu


Menu
Menu


Menu
Menu



Food at King's Laksa Steamboat is pure steamboat; no grilling here. The variety is good, with over 30 different ingredients as part of their buffet, and a choice of 2 out of 6 different types of soup base. The signature, of course, is their laksa broth. The ingredients are of good quality too, seafood and vegetables are fresh. Portions are naturally unlimited, though wastage is discouraged. Prices are reasonable and affordable, budget about SGD $27 per person for a meal here.

Steamboat Options
Steamboat Options


Steamboat Options
Steamboat Options


Ready To Cook
Ready To Cook



We choose the Steamboat Soup Base - Laksa & Chicken Broth. The laksa broth is the highlight, rich from the generous amount of dried shrimp and spices within, creamy in texture with a sharp spicy savoury flavour. The chicken broth is nicely herbal sweet savoury in flavour. Both are very drinkable, and should be drunk to open the appetite, before any ingredients are put in.

Steamboat Soup Base - Laksa & Chicken Broth
Steamboat Soup Base - Laksa & Chicken Broth


Steamboat Soup Base - Laksa
Steamboat Soup Base - Laksa



I like to create my own dipping sauce of Sesame Sauce, Chili, Spring Onions, Sesame Oil, to pair with any of the ingredients.

Sesame Sauce, Chili, Spring Onions, Sesame Oil
Sesame Sauce, Chili, Spring Onions, Sesame Oil



Freshly prepared to order, there were a couple of cooked dishes which stood out for us. The Fried Thai Style Tofu Beancurd has a satisfiying light crunch to the exterior, yet the interior is spongy soft and moist, with good savoury spicy flavour from the chili sauce. The signature Prawn Paste Chicken Wings were a highlight, so good we went for another round. Crisp savoury salty skin, moist sweet savoury juicy chicken meat within, super shiok. Highly recommended!

Fried Thai Style Tofu Beancurd
Fried Thai Style Tofu Beancurd


Luncheon Meat, Prawn Paste Chicken Wings, Cuttlefish Ball
Luncheon Meat, Prawn Paste Chicken Wings, Cuttlefish Ball


Golden Fried Mantou Bun
Golden Fried Mantou Bun



Good range of fresh vegetables and sides for the steamboat. I particularly enjoyed the variety of beech mushrooms, a nice variation instead of the usual shiitake mushroom all the time. Also, they have Pig's Skin, a relatively uncommon ingredient for steamboat. Nicely spongy crunchy in texture.

Cheese Tofu Beancurd, Corn, Bok Choy / Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Fish Ball, Pork Ball, Crab Stick
Cheese Tofu Beancurd, Corn, Bok Choy / Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Fish Ball, Pork Ball, Crab Stick


Brown Beech Mushrooms, White Beech Mushrooms, Golden Enoki Mushrooms, Pig's Skin, Eggs, Cabbage
Brown Beech Mushrooms, White Beech Mushrooms, Golden Enoki Mushrooms, Pig's Skin, Eggs, Cabbage



The seafood we had during out visit was fresh. The stand out item for me was the Flower Crab, having a meaty flaky texture, with a good sweet savoury flavour that holds up well. This is best cooked in lighter broths though.

Prawns
Prawns


Squid
Squid


Blue Mussels
Blue Mussels


White Clams
White Clams


Cockles
Cockles


Fish Dumplings
Fish Dumplings


Flower Crab
Flower Crab



The range of meats here are decent, though they mostly offer fairly lean cuts. Was surprised by the Mutton Loin, it was less gamey than expected, which I think will appeal to most. The Chicken Fillet is mostly breast meat cuts, and is thick and filling. The Beef Sirloin is cut sukiyaki / shabu shabu style, which allows for quick cooking, and pairs well with egg.

Chicken Fillet
Chicken Fillet


Pork Loin
Pork Loin


Pork Belly
Pork Belly


Beef Sirloin
Beef Sirloin


Mutton Loin
Mutton Loin



Several options for desserts, though the crowd favourite is the Mango Pudding. But those seeking a healthier alternative can try the Home Made Organic Soy Beancurd (Sugar-Free) instead. And we also had fun eating the Ice Cream by stuffing it into the Golden Fried Mantou Buns.

Home Made Organic Soy Beancurd (Sugar-Free)
Home Made Organic Soy Beancurd (Sugar-Free)


Mango Pudding
Mango Pudding


Ice Cream - Yam, Mint, Chocolate, Strawberry, Corn, Cookies & Cream
Ice Cream - Yam, Mint, Chocolate, Strawberry, Corn, Cookies & Cream


Ice Cream Mantou Bun
Ice Cream Mantou Bun



I've returned several times since my original visit to King's Laksa Steamboat, and I'll also be returning after this visit. Being less crowded than other steamboat places, yet offering decent ambience, service, and food, all at affordable prices, King's Laksa Steamboat remains a strong stalwart in the steamboat scene.


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