Delish Malaysian restaurant with mouthwatering laksa
When I lived in the city, I'd driven past Ipoh Laksa countless times to go to KFC at Kangaroo Point. Even so, the urge to have greasy spicy fried chicken was too strong every time so I'd never got to try Ipoh Laksa before I moved. The other day, however, my husband was craving roast duck laksa and instead of going to his favourite laksa joint, I'd managed to convince him to give Ipoh Laksa a try.
This family-run Malaysian restaurant did not disappoint. We got there at 5pm to see the family having their dinner. Thinking that they mustn't be open for dinner just yet we were a bit reluctant to go in. Soon enough, one of the family members spotted us and ushered us in.
Water and menus were given as soon as we sat down. I just loved it when they give you water without you asking for it. We looked through the menu to see an assortment of dishes. There were chicken and beef dishes, seafood and vegetarian dishes, Ipoh specialties as well as various entrees and side dishes. It was a difficult decision, but we ended up ordering satay chicken skewers, roast duck laksa and assam fish fillet.
Roast duck laksa
Assam fish fillet
The satay chicken skewers were absolutely delicious. Chicken was hot and satay sauce was flavoursome. Actually, it was one of the best I've ever had. Apparently, it takes three hours in total to make and I can see why. If we were given a bowl of sauce with rice I think we'd wolf it down in no time. My assam fish fillet was yummy. It was tangy, spicy and delightful. I did wish there was more sauce to go with my rice though. As Manu would say "Where's the sauce? There's not enough sauce". My husband's roast duck laksa was scrumptious. There was plenty of soup, duck had crispy skin and the serving size was huge.
The restaurant was intimate, clean and homey. I love modest restaurants and I felt right at home. Good service, friendly owners, tasty food, reasonably priced dishes, what more can you ask for?
Ipoh Laksa is licenced and BYO (for wine) is welcome. For information on their menu, location and weekly specials, see their website.
I've been to the place before on a Sunday afternoon after a bicycle ride along the river. The owner was extremely rude when I asked him if the fried kway teow was the Penang style type. [I used to live in Malaysian for about 12 yrs and know that there is a distinct difference between the Penang type and the mainland type]. The food that came eventually was absolutely crap. The last I heard from from someone is that the shop has been losing money for some time time. If you want good Malaysian food, jut go to Sunnybank area......there is Little Singapore, Taste of Penang and a few others nice places.
My friend took me to Ipoh Laksa a few months ago, we have both lived in Asia for years, and we both think this is the best satay we've tasted. Their other dishes have all been good too! Just try it! Cheap and yummmy!