Ok, I’ve since had the real deal. I sampled Singapore laksa in Singapore at Lau Pa Sat and a Holland Village branch of Katong Laksa this past summer. I never thought I’d live to see the day. What I did see was where the Portland version was coming from, and it’s not totally off-base, though chicken isn’t a major laska ingredient. There might be shrimp and/or cockles, but I didn’t see any poultry being used. At least not in the Singapore version. I have heard of chicken in laksa, though, but it’s a different style. The only problem with laksa in Singapore is that there is so much damn food to be sampled, you don’t want to go overboard with it or else you’ll be ruined for the rest of the day. I totally had to restrain myself.