11 September 2010

Laksa King: Laksa in Melbourne, Flemington VIC (30 April 2010)

Shop 3, 320 Racecourse Road, Flemington VIC 3031
Now moved to: 6-12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington VIC 3031

Searching for the best laksa

So where does one go for the best laksa in Melbourne?

For some of the best laksa in Sydney I usually recommend Malay-Chinese Takeaway as a first port of call but when it comes to Melbourne I'm at a total loss where to start. Adrian from Food Rehab commented Laksa King in Flemington as a recommendation for me and Urbanspoon lists it in their top 10 Best Cheap Eats in Melbourne and has better reviews than Laksa Me. When I visited in April they were in the process of moving to a new location around the block and have since completed the move. A very large bowl Prawn crackers ($3) is great value and can easily be shared amongst 4 people to share the love and fat. The generous sized Seafood Curry Laksa ($11.80) comes with ample pieces of king prawn, mussel, calamari and fishcake and has decent depth of flavour although is more curry tasting than Malay-Chinese. It's unusual to find eggplant in the laksa but I quite enjoy its soft texture and how it soaks up the flavour. My Har Mee ($9.90) comes with decent sized prawns and plenty of fishcake slices although I prefer the broth intensity at Malay-Chinese which also comes with slices of pork and crispy pork fat on top. Service was fairly quick, seating is simple and prices fairly reasonable for the serving size.

Review of Laksa King at new location:

PROS: Plenty of laksa choices, New location sounds much nicer, Fairly reasonably priced
CONS: Queues when busy
MUST TRY: Finding the best Laksa and Malaysian eatery in Melbourne

Prawn crackers ($3)

Seafood Curry Laksa: Mixed noodle with king prawn, mussel, calamari and fishcake ($11.80)

Eggplant in the seafood curry laksa

Har Mee: Yellow noodle with prawn, fishcake and egg ($9.90)


Inside seating

Arcade seating and shop front

Racecourse Road location entrance

New location

Laksa King on Urbanspoon


Maxine said...

I am always impressed and appreciative of your love of laksa and your quest, to find the best one. Nothing like a lovely photo of laksa first thing in the am in Canada, on a cold day to make me look forward to my next bowl.

Simon Leong said...

hi MAJL, someone has to do it hehe hope you find a laksa in canada or perhaps you'll have to cook it yourself? :-)

Anonymous said...

Try the Assam Laksa at Laksa King - my all-time favourite Malaysian soup (sour, fishy, minty, strong, a real head-cold beater). It's great. Best place in Sydney for Assam Laksa (a food hall at the Sussex St end of Dixon Street) close after decades - any new tips on where to get in Sydney would be great.

Simon Leong said...

hi anonymous, in Sydney i haven't found anywhere better than Malay-Chinese on Hunter St. they only make once every 5 or so weeks. http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2010/01/malay-chinese-takeaway-assam-laksa.html but not sure how it compares to Laksa King in Melbourne :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Simon - will try there next time I visit. Yours, anon

Simon Leong said...

hi anonymous, hope to try again when i'm back in melbourne :-)

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