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Published April 3rd 2012
A friend took me down to Flemington to eat at a popular Asian restaurant called "Laksa King". Being a Singaporean, I had to check it out because laksa is one of my favourite dishes, usually eaten in Singapore and Malaysia. This restaurant is popular among Asian International students and this fact alone speaks volumes about this place.
Naturally the dish to try was the laksa. There were a range of curry laksa to try and I decided upon the "Combination Laksa".
The serving size of Combination laksa was enormous by Asian standards. A large bowl containing the half-litre laksa was placed in front of me, within 10 minutes of ordering.
The Combination Laksa contains hokkien yellow thick noodles with white vermicilli, prawns, fishcake slices, chicken strips and eggplant. All were submerged in a milky red and yellow laksa soup.
On the first bite, the noodles were springy and not soggy. The chicken was quite tender. The prawns tasted fresh. The laksa soup was mildly spicy. One had a choice of adding sliced red chilli, if one felt adventurous.
The laksa soup was creamy but quite saturating. Perhaps it was too oily for my taste as I felt bloated and sick at the end of the meal. Coconut cream has been known to produce this effect and my advice is to eat foods cooked with coconut cream in small amounts. However, my friends seem to disagree with me and insisted that we would return again once more.
For those health-conscious ones, it is recommended to share one bowl of Combination Laksa between two people. This could also be a romantic idea for couples who want to have a taste of something different, without packing on the unnecessary pounds.
The Combination Laksa cost $9.80. A very reasonable pricing for a satisfying meal and it would be suitable for anyone with a tight budget.
The place was full house when I arrived at 6:30pm. Customers had to wait about 5 minutes even though they already made bookings. I did not make a booking and waited for about 20 minutes before a table was available. This point alone is quite discouraging for people who dislike waiting on an empty growling stomach. The staff were very busy, but for a very busy restaurant, I never waited long for a waiter to come to the table.
The environment was well decorated with greenery and very presentable. The kitchen is very near the dining area and one could smell the aroma of cooked food diffusing into the room.
Parking is quite difficult for those who drive. The only immediate parking lots outside the restaurant are 15minute-lots. This is only convenient if you are buy takeaway, which you can choose to do so.
If you are taking public transport, the tram 57 line travels along Racecourse Rd and would drop you next to the street that leads to Laksa King.
Angela told me that the Laksa in Laksa King is very nice so we drove all the way from Clayton to Flemington to try. Service was horrible, after sitting us down we were told that we have to order now as kitchen is closing in 5min. They should have told us when we walk in they are closed. I was really let down and disappointed with our Combination Laksa. Small portion, not spicy, no coconut milk in it all though it look milky and our Nasi Lemak was really not nice. Achar was not sour at all, the rice and beef rendang was nice but not spicy. Isnt it suppose to be spicy. I was appalled at the rate they try to chase us out. As we finished one bowl of food, waiter came to remove our bowl and plonked the bill on our table. What poor manners... My friend Angela doesnt complain much abt food commented that the food is horrible and wont come back. On the way home I have to do 2 toilet stops to purge. What a horrible experience at Laksa King!!!!!!!!