What makes a good laksa? It can be many things, a broth that makes you sweat, the perfect combination of coconut milk and sweetness, or the absence of any strange vegetables that just don't fit, all round a great laksa just works, and tastes great. So we've decided to try and track down Melbourne's best laksa. We've already got a few ideas, but we want you to tell us the ones you think are the best. Maybe we've hit the nail on the head, or missed the mark completely, so join in with the discussion, and let's all have laksa for lunch.
Chilli Padi is one place to try, just because it tastes so good. There is so much flavour in this broth, and it really packs a punch. Perhaps the name Chilli Padi may have given away some clues, but this one can make you sweat. One their menu you can choose between the chicken, seafood, or vegetable laksa noodles. You can also try the assam laksa, which unlike the coconut base that many are used to, is actual a sour fish soup. When you feel like a change give the assam a go.
Another place that deserves a mention is Sambal Kampung. Their laksa isn't always as hot as some others, but at least you can add more chilli if you need to. There is a great mix of flavours, and they are generous with their meat and tofu. They're right in the centre of the city, on LIttle Bourke Street, so this can be a good stop during lunch hour. They aren't open for dinner, so make sure you stop off during the day to give it a go.
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The list of laksa places really could go on forever. They are a popular addition to any food court, and most malaysian restaurants will have them on the menu. You might enjoy the dish served up by Laksa King, whose name at least implies they know what they are doing. Or there is Penang Coffee House, who also have a good laksa to add to the mix.
Even an average laksa can still taste great, but with your help hopefully soon we'll only be dining at the best. Make sure you tell us just why your laksa choice is the best, and let us know what you think of our selections. If you've got a great suggestion join the discussion in the comments, if not get trying, and find a laksa that suits you best. Remember, try not to wear white next time you plan to slurp down a bowl, laksa can be just about as messy as it is tasty.
I haven't tried laksa in many places in Melb (but plenty in other cities, and overseas) but the laksa at Uni Square Cafe (http://www.weekendnotes.com/uni-square-cafe/) was pretty amazing. Thick, tasty, spicy soup, good mix of thin and thick noodles, and tender chicken pieces. Yum.