When it comes to laksa, there are definitely a lot of options available to suit your taste buds. Among the many, three popular variations are Asam Laksa, Curry Laksa, and Sarawak Laksa.
Despite the different varieties, it is their broth that unites them all, which is made with either coconut milk or asam (tamarind), or sometimes both.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, to most Malaysians out there, Sarawak laksa is arguably the best laksa.
The unique taste lies in its well-balanced broth — not too rich or creamy with coconut milk, and with a slight hint of sourness and spiciness.
A bowl of Sarawak Laksa is served piping hot with rice vermicelli noodles, fluffy sliced omelette, whole fresh prawns, shredded chicken strips, and bean sprouts, with a garnishing of fresh coriander leaves and lime.
Sarawak Laksa can be found in Kuching, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in the island of Borneo.
Here are five selected Sarawak Laksa joints in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya — ranked.
1. Aunty Christina’s Sarawak Laksa, Petaling Jaya
This is the best, most authentic Sarawak Laksa you will ever find here in the Klang Valley. Ask around and you’ll find people suggesting you go to Aunty Christina’s restaurant – and to be honest – you absolutely should.
A true-born Sarawakian, Aunty Christina used to operate a humble stall in Lucky Gardens, Bangsar.
In 2017, after two decades of operating her stall there, she moved to her own full-fledged eatery in Sea Park, Petaling Jaya.
The restaurant is now cleaner and much more comfortable than the coffee shop before.
The Laksa Sarawak Special is priced at RM20. The portion is huge with four fresh king prawns — enough for two persons to eat.
The broth is well-balanced and taste-wise it’s close to the laksa cooked in Sarawak. If you have a smaller stomach, you can opt for the regular bowl priced at RM9.
Overall, the Sarawak Laksa here is satisfyingly rich and robust with the most authentic taste.
Verdict: A+ (strongly recommended)
2. 7th Mile Kitchen, Kelana Jaya
The restaurant has only two stalls — one selling Sarawak noodles which include Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, and Tomato Noodles, and another selling drinks.
The stall is run by a young man from Kuching and his signature Sarawak Laksa is prepared using laksa paste imported from Kuching to ensure the originality and authenticity of taste.
The Sarawak Laksa here is almost as good as Aunty Christina’s but the broth is a bit creamier. If you like your Sarawak Laksa more flavourful and not too spicy, then you should try this.
Verdict: A (recommended)
3. Dapur Sarawak Restaurant, Pekeliling
Operating for almost 10 years now, Dapur Sarawak Restaurant has a few branches with its main outlet being the one in Jalan Sarikei, Pekeliling.
The new branch in Section 7, Shah Alam has made it easier for patrons from Subang, Klang, and Shah Alam to drop by and grab a quick bite.
Owned by Sarawakian actor Mahmud Ali Bashah, the restaurant offers a variety of other Sarawak cuisine including Mee Kolok and Bihun Belacan.
Truth be told, the Sarawak Laksa here is good but among all the five listed in this article, this version has the thickest and creamiest broth — which is fine if you like it that way.
Verdict: A- (recommended)
4. Re:Fuel On Wheels, Aloft Hotel, KL Sentral
Not known to many, stationed at Aloft Hotel’s porte cochère along Jalan Stesen Sentral is the first hotel food truck in Kuala Lumpur called Re:Fuel On Wheels.
Operating from 11am to 3pm on weekdays, the food truck aims to serve fuss-free comfort food.
The local delights include Nasi Lemak, Fried Noodles, Chicken Rice, and of course, Sarawak Laksa.
For a budget price of RM10.40, Aloft’s Sarawak Laksa is ranked after Dapur Sarawak’s due to it being short on ingredients — merely two small prawns and a few pieces of chicken.
However, taste-wise, the robust broth does satisfy. If you’re not in a rush, you can opt for a full fledged version at Nook, the hotel’s restaurant.
Verdict: B+ (mildly recommended)
5. Alexis Bistro, Telawi
Apparently, there’s so much hype about Alexis Bistro serving good Sarawak Laksa, but it turned out to be a major disappointment — a complete turn off, in fact.
It is undeniable that the portion was really huge but it was missing the “je ne sais quoi” — the utmost important X-factor of any Sarawak Laksa — making the broth taste completely, for lack of a better word, tasteless.
Honestly, at RM30, their Sarawak Laksa is not worth trying at all.
Verdict: D (not worth trying)
There you have it, five selected Sarawak Laksa joints in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jay ranked. Which is your favourite?
This article first appeared in uppre.com