It has been a month since Laksa Hut opened at its new venue in Indooroopilly, trading in the nondescript alley and plastic tables and chairs for a classier open café feel, new décor and modern signage.
The was some charm in the former unembellished space, one reminiscent of authentic Asian street-fare eateries, but Laksa Hut's move and subsequent revamping has widened its customer base to embrace those who might have previously shunned its former debilitated façade.
And it hasn't lost any of its authentic Asian flavours in the move.
Laksa Hut has for years been a popular choice for no-frills Chinese-Malaysian cuisine. Laksa, it's namesake and signature dish has almost a cult following in the area. In my eyes it is this well adapted dish that has succeeded in introducing Australians to the joys of Chinese and Malaysian cooking.
There are plenty of other noteworthy dishes on the menu, from tasty mains to share with rice, to vegetarian options, soups, and noodle dishes. I personally find a laksa too rich with its coconut milk base, and usually opt for a clear broth noodle soup.
To me, the best thing about Laksa Hut is their roast pork. I have to stop myself eating too much as it is very high in fat, containing crispy roast cuts of pork belly. I usually have it in a bowl of clear soup with egg-noodles but it makes a tasty addition to any dish with rice. The same goes with the barbecue pork and duck. Naughty, tasty delights!
Since their move I have noticed a significant increase in patronage at Laksa Hut. In a prime location at Station Road, Indooroopilly, Laksa Hut capitalizes on the excellent frontage of a busy suburban street, as well as its proximity to the business and shopping hub of Indooroopilly Shoppingtown.
It has retained most of its original menu, although the exclusion of the barbecue pork pastry buns they used to have is saddening.
The service is great and usually quick although you will notice a longer wait when it is busy. The staff are always friendly, especially the one lady that is always chuckling and smiling when she serves me.
As a Malaysian born Australian, I know the menu is an accurate representation of some of the culture's most popular food. Although I sometimes yearn to fly back and have a street-fare feast for the equivalent of AUD $3, the occasional $15 'splurge' for a hometown fix is in reality quite cheap, and I don't need to leave the country.
I find it appalling that some still think of 'Asian food' as the disgustingly sticky, fried stuff at the food court buffet, with the soggy spring rolls and oily fried rice. Thankfully people are starting to see the light.
Everyone should try a laksa at Laksa Hut at least once in their lives. Better yet, proceed to explore the rest of menu and open up the world of Chinese-Malaysian cuisine to your tastebuds.