Laksa is a delicious spicy, coconut-ey noodle dish that originates in South East Asia and is popular in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Southern Thailand. What is common about all these countries? They're all equatorial and hot. How such places cooked up (pun intended) this dish of hot and spicy noodle soup is really beyond me.
Now, I know you folks aren't here for the history lesson, so let's move on to the much more important question of how to get your hot little hands on a bowl of this stuff. I have asked several laksa-loving friends over the years and all are in agreement that Jimmy's Recipe is (if not the best) among the top 5 of their favourite places to hit up for a bowl of the stuff. I also am told they also make a decent nasi goreng and chicken rice, but I have never tried this for myself.
My other half and I made the pilgrimage here a few weeks ago to partake in the laksa goodness.
The Best Laksa in Sydney
Jimmy's recipe is located at the back of the Galleries Victoria and has in recent years undergone some renovations to go from retro 1980s food court style to slightly newer age food court chic (complete with plastic decorative plants at the entrance). It exists to serve the best Laksa in Sydney, but also serves up a reasonable selection of other Malaysian dishes. Although not boasting much of an atmosphere, the great thing about this place is that the place is air conditioned, so even if it's a balmy 30 degrees outside, you can have your laksa and slurp it too without breaking a sweat!
There is the standard choice of different meats on the menu with the option for combination as well. You order food at one end of the counter (they accept EFTPOS over a certain limit) and pick it up at the other end. The process is rather no-frills, but so is the price.
I ordered the combination laksa and teh tarik (milk tea) and my other half got some other nondescript noodle that was not laksa (completely missing the point of our expedition). The wait was not long and I suspect there is a big vat of soup somewhere in the kitchen that they use as the base for everything. Don't let that deter you because, as we have already established, this place is hands down the place to go for your Laksa fix.
First thing to state is that the portion is ridiculous. Who can actually eat this much soup? There is an Asian paradigm of making sure no one leaves hungry and Jimmy's certainly upholds this to the nth degree. My next impression was that my "combination" laksa was full of only seafood cocktails (not my favourite of the seafoods, if indeed it actually is a seafood), however, this was quickly overturned by the discovery of a reasonable balance of other meats at the bottom of my plate. Noodles, tofu and Asian greens were all of respectable quantities. The soup was near-perfect - spicy, sour and coconut-ey in all the right ratios and absolutely slurp-worthy.
I also thought their teh terik in a take-out coffee cup was a cute touch.