Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa 徳普路真善美砂煲叻沙 @ Alexandra Village

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Singapore and its nearby region seems to have been hit by an unusually cold weather spell since the beginning of the new year. At a time like this, having a hot, steaming pot of claypot Laksa doesn't sound like a bad idea.

I have always wanted to try Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa not because of its Bib Gourmand status but I am a sucker for claypot-anything. Food seem particularly tasty when it is served in a claypot, don't you think?

The stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre is located along the row just opposite to Tai Chong Kok Confectionery at Blk 122 so it is really easy to find.

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It is self-service here whereby you queue up to place your order, make payment and collect your food. The Laksa here are available in three sizes at $4, $5 and $6. I joined the queue and decided to go for the medium-sized one.

My eyes lit up the moment I saw the considerable size of the claypot but my happiness was short lived as I saw the contents inside is barely half the height of the receptacle.

With the Laksa gravy still bubbling from the heat, I found myself a table and sat down to inspect my meal. Apart from the thick bee hoon (rice vermicelli), ingredients included two small prawns, a couple of tiny see-hum (cockles), some shredded chicken, fishcake, tau pok (tofu puff) and tau geh (beansprouts).

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The Laksa gravy seems to be made up of broths from two different pots (refer to the first two photos on top). The thinner broth (pictured, above) makes up the bulk of the gravy while on top of the noodles lies a splash of creamy-looking broth that have a thicker consistency (pictured, below).

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The Laksa is quite shiok to have in this chilly weather since the claypot is able to retain the temperature of the food longer.

I thoroughly enjoyed the slurpilicious thick bee hoon in the broth. I actually prefer to pick up a long strand of thick bee hoon with my chopsticks rather than have them cut shot and eaten with a spoon, as with the case of Katong Laksa.

Another thing I liked about this Laksa is the tau pok which have absorbed the gravy like a sponge. You can literally feel the gravy gushing all over your tongue when you eat it.

However, too much of a good thing may backfire instead. I find the coconut cream too heavy for me as I felt jelat after a few mouthfuls. I tend to finish my Laksa gravy but for this particular one, I could not.

Also, I like my Laksa fiery spicy but, despite adding the sambal chilli provided, I still find the spiciness too mild for me.

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Alexandra Village is located in the vicinity of Queensway Shopping Centre, IKEA Alexandra and Park Hotel Alexandra so it is not difficult to find. I got here by taking bus service 120 from the bus stop (bus stop code 10201) opposite Redhill MRT Station and alighted at the bus stop (bus stop code 11519) opposite Queensway Shopping Centre.


DEPOT ROAD ZHEN SHAN MEI CLAYPOT LAKSA 徳普路真善美砂煲叻沙
Alexandra Village Food Centre
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#0-75
Singapore 151120

Business Hours
Mon - Sat: 9am - 4pm
Closed: Sun

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6baVupjcAgu
GPS Coordinates: 1.2863484,103.8023374


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