Laksa King, as the name suggests is famous for its Laksa. They specialise in Curry Laksa and offers a range of different toppings from the standard chicken, beef or seafood options up to something more exotic such as duck or scallops.
For those who are not familiar with Laksa, there are many different types of Laksa. In Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, where almost every state has its own specialty Laksa. Sarawak, a state in East Malaysia where I was born, is famous for its Sarawak Laksa. It uses ingredients such as galangal, tamarind, lemongrass, garlic and coconut milk in the soup. Unfortunately, it is not commonly available outside Malaysia (or even Sarawak), but I was fortunate enough to find Kitchen Inn selling it.
In Australia, the two most common types of Laksas are Curry Laksa and Assam Laksa. Curry Laksa, which is commonly known as just Laksa, is the most popular type of Laksa. It has a coconut-based curry soup. On the other hand, Assam Laksa, also known as Penang Laksa is a tamarind-based fish soup. Out of these three types of Laksas, Assam Laksa is my favourite. When I found it on the menu at Laksa King ($11.50), the choice was simple.
I was glad to see that the vegetable toppings came in a separate bowl. I am not a big fan of red onion and have found that some other shops go a bit overboard with sliced onions. Laksa King had the bright idea of letting us add our own vegetable topping.
The flavours were authentic. Some may find this dish a bit too fishy, but I really enjoy it. 🙂
On a separate visit, D & I shared a bowl of Roasted Duck Curry Laksa ($13.20). There were a few decent slices of duck meat, which we quite enjoyed. D didn’t mind it but I think the soup could be thicker and spicier. In saying that, Curry Laksa was my least favourite of the three types of Laksa, so I was probably a bit biased.
In both visits, we ordered Lobak ($6.50), which consists of deep fried minced pork in tofu skin. The tofu skin was very crunchy and the meat filling was tasty. Yum!
This place gets quite busy during dinner time, so be prepared to wait in the queue. We went for a late dinner at 9pm on our first visit and got seated straightaway. On our second visit, we got there about 8pm and waited for about 15-20 minutes before we were seated. We were in a group of 4, which had to wait longer for a table. There were a few groups of 2 that arrived after us that were seated first.
Overall, we enjoyed our meals at Laksa King. Do we recommend it? Yes, if you like Laksa or Malaysian food, but be prepared to wait for a table.