Isn't there a conjugal relationship between humans and soups! In sickness and in health, under the sun and in the rain, soups - cold or hot, spicy or not - make for unparalleled company. On one soggy afternoon, I was about to find a worthy match.
There was a frenzied scurry under the canopy of the city high-rises as a foggy Friday drizzle blanketed Sydney. I quickened towards my destination. I was to be treated to a laksa at the Malay Chinese by my husband. He had been persistent in his recommendation of the place and had finally succeeded in coaxing me to try the coconut milk based soup at this particular restaurant. The rain enhanced the suitability of the occasion.
Despite the weather, an anaconda-sized queue had already formed before the counter. The restaurant was overflowing with customers most of whom were busy swigging a golden coloured soup from big bowls adding further credibility to my husband's words. He gave an affirmative smile as we became part of the constantly progressing anaconda.
Inside was a best-man-wins situation, meaning you are not ushered to your seat (which indeed seemed impossible given the thickness of the crowd), rather it is spot and grab. The waitresses were busy cleaning wherever a place was vacated. I spotted two empty stools and positioned myself on one while my husband placed the order at the counter. He returned with bowls of a chicken and a seafood laksa.
The broth shone brightly and was fragrant with aromas of coconut, herbs and juices from the prawns. The dish looked like a bowl full of orange twilight sky with clouds of prawn, squid, and fried tofu. Underneath the cloud cover was a heap of rice noodles and bean sprouts. Though I would have loved a couple of clams and mussels in the soup that boasted of seafood but was thoroughly satisfied with the quantity of the other ingredients and the quality of the broth. The laksa was yumminess through and through. My husband's chicken laksa had the same broth except for chicken instead of prawns and squid.
Malay Chinese offers both eat-in and take away. The menu is a list of typical Malaysian and Chinese food ranging from $11.50-$15 and consisted of noodle soups (mainly laksa and a couple of clear soups), fried noodles, Malaysian curries with rice, and Chinese dishes with rice.
I have had laksa before, but this one was surely top notch with the soup being the most intense in flavour. So until I find the next best place, as my husband said, my nuptial bet is on the sunshine of Malay Chinese' Laksa.
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Very popular Laksa house, always crowded at lunch. The only drawback, CASH only, treating customers poorly, (Find your own seat if you can) (No payment by cards). Always interesting that highly successful businesses like this can in this day and age still manage to Avoid paying fair taxes at the detriment to their customers convenience of payment options. Maybe the ATO should knock on their door and talk to them!