Malay Chinese – Epic Laksa
This post is going to be really short, with only two photos *booo*. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken many here before (well…two) yet I’ve been many times. I suppose my “entreé” section needs some filling out as pretty much all my posts have been major reviews.
I’ve been to Malay Chinese Takeaway countless times, there are two reasons for that:
- So convenient to get to for lunch during my work placements
- Has one of the best laksas in the Sydney CBD area
Totally serious about point #2. I bold the “one of” part because unless you’ve tried every laksa joint in the CBD, you can’t really make the assertion. I am however, confident in asserting that Malay Chinese is on the leaderboards.
Date Visited: Multiple, latest visit 5/12/2013
Address: 58 Hunter St Sydney, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: Any laksa
For some reason, I totally spaced out and didn’t take any interior shots, or shots of the outside so you have no idea what it looks like. Some searches for other blogs on Urbanspoon will yield such pictures. Needless to say, there’s a decent amount of seating, but if you come during peak times, you’ll be clamouring to get a seat. It’s one of those places, I did say the laksa is good
For an idea of where it’s at on Hunter St, here’s a streetview of the place: http://goo.gl/maps/nU30Z
In my many visits, I’ve had pretty much every type of laksa, as well as a few “specials of the day” that are as you imagine…available on a day-by-day basis.
Apart from the beef itself, comments made about the laksa here in general can actually be applied to almost every one of their laksas as the base used is the same. How convenient
- I’ll say it again, the laksas are the bomb. Full of flavour, the spicyness and the milkiness of the coconut soup base is delectable, and is one of my favourite types of noodle soups next to Tonokotsu ramen.
- It’s really oily – I usually only eat here once a month or so, as a super-cheat-day kind of thing. I’m confidant there’s at least half of your daily calorie requirements in one bowl (1000+ calories!). You can probably lessen the impact by not drinking the soup, but that’s just not me (bowl-clearer)
- The noodles are awesome, I wished they could soak in more flavour, but considering that the laksa is made by pouring a scoop of noodles into pre-made soup, that isn’t really possible (this is fast food, after all)
- They don’t skimp on the ingredients – you’ll get plenty of tofu and your meat of choice (beef in this case). Even if you order seafood, you’ll get at least 6+ prawns (and yes, they ain’t puny shrimp either, and totally as fresh as you could try and taste). Awesome stuff.
You’d only dislike the laksa here if you have serious qualms about oily soup. And even then, good luck resisting
A special of the day I ordered at another time was the Asam Laksa (or Assam). This type is not commonly found in Western countries but there should totally be more exposure here. It’s made with sour fish sauce (the sour part comes from the addition of tamarind). Common ingredients are shredded fish/seafood, meats, and thinly sliced veggies. It’s vastly different to the common penang laksa (above) as the soup is so different.
Some people dislike asam laksa due to the fishiness, so to determine whether you’ll like it or not…take a whiff of fish sauce and see how you fare.
- Malay Chinese makes a great asam laksa in addition to its penang staples. The soup is tangy and “fishy”, and oddly enough, a great cure to a blocked nose (yeah that happened)
- Ample ingredients, as expected, lot of meat and a heap of veggies that almost rival the amount of noodles
They should just make this a permanent menu item. It certainly gets enough orders whenever I see it being listed as a daily special.
So what’s the final verdict on Malay Chinese?
If you’re even remotely close by, go. It doesn’t blow your wallet, service is quick, and your tummy will thank you.
P.S. their char kway teow – give that a go. It’s delicious.
As usual, feel free to leave a comment or three
The Good: the laksa really is up there with the best in Sydney, convenient location, decent pricing
What could be improved: a little less oil would be good, I question the cleanliness of the place (yet I don’t care for it)
I give a grand total of eight and a halfCaesars out of ten – 8.5/10