This week we are back with a trip to Katong, a neighbourhood known for its famous Perenakan-style food and culture! We visited this unique location because we were alerted to a vintage flea market in that area, and decided to check it out! We had with us our new SLR 670s (using Impossible Project’s 600 Colour film) and a nifty digital camera, the Carbon One Mini, which exterior replicates the Polaroid Onestep!
Our impression of Katong was shaped by the ‘old’ and ‘new’ interacting in this small but affluent neighbourhood. Rows of shop-houses were interspersed with modern housing, and unlike some estates which are fully modernised (like Punggol), Katong has many plots of lands on which many having been plying their trade for the longest time. For instance, we chanced across a huge floral garden:
Having reached at lunch, we decided to check out the famous 328 Katong Laksa, of which we had only tried at their franchised outlets. Here, we could taste the distinctiveness of the laksa gravy, which had more coconut milk and thus more fragrant. It can be surprising how a bowl of noodles with only prawns and fish cake can be so appetizing!
After our lunch, we headed for the flea market, which was located at a new shopping mall, Katong Square.
We arrived at the flea market, wondering what was in store; we weren’t to be kept waiting, because the shop carts were perched outside, displaying the stock of old:
had to capture the iconic Peranakan-themed shop-houses, with its stylistic exterior.
Katong is definitely a lovely neighbourhood to visit, and we are sure there will be hidden gems in this quaint location; we will definitely return for more in the future!
Till next time,