Assam Laksa - Laksa King
Assam Laksa - Laksa King AUD9.20
Even on a Tuesday night a queue of Asians and Caucasians are waiting for a spicy steambing bowl of laksa. Just as well I called half an about before to reserve a table, and even then, we had to wait for 10 minutes!
The curry laksa was quite good. The richness of the coconut milk and balanced by the spices and fresh herbs. If I were to be picky, I'd would say that I prefer more belacan in the soup, but that might be a bit much for the Western palate.
Julia's Assam Laksa was again exemplary, and not as liberal with the chilli as the hawker version of Malaysia, again, a slight compromise for the more delicate tastes.
I had to get some sambal belacan to see if it was up to scratch. Taste-wise it was quite mild, with a good balance of the pungent belacan to spices, and with a measure of sourness from the tamarind. However, the texture seemed a bit watery, perhaps watered down, but hey, it's still good!
Laksa King Restaurant
(03) 9372 6383
Shp3/ 320 Racecourse Rd
Flemington VIC 3031
World Food Dish of the Year
5. Seafood curry laksa at the Laksa King, 320 Racecourse Road, Footscray, 9372 6383
A chilli-laced coconut broth packed with green lip mussels, king prawns, a deep-fried chunk of eggplant, two types of noodles and calamari. That's just not authentic. Stick with the chicken and fish cake laksa, with the deep-fried chunk of eggplant and beancurd that soaks up the curry goodness! :)