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Laksa King - Cracker Laksa
Laksa King is a superb dining experience and one of the most popular and best value establishments in Melbourne. It's high popularity says it all. Voted as the best cheap eat in Melbourne.
Aussies seem to love laksa. You feel like you've had something slightly exotic and it's large and full of flavour. It took me about 20 minutes to eat a laksa - it really is a hearty meal.
Laksa King is a welcoming place, right from when the friendly staff welcome you when you arrive. The fit out is smart and modern with grungy concrete floor, large naked frosty globe lighting, a row of bamboo and cool art work on the walls. The roof is a kind of red ochre colour and there are smart timber tables and chairs. Laksa King prides itself on being a well run operation and there are few obvious weaknesses.
Laksa King is obviously known for its laksa. I've been wanting to try the laksa since when working in Moonee Ponds where Laksa King was the talk of the town. The menu features Curry Laksa as the house specialty although there are many other menu options if you so desire. The waitress recommended the Combination Curry Laksa to me so that is what I ordered.
Some people compare the laksa here to what they have experienced in Asia. I've been to Asia many times but never had laksa there. I lived with a Malaysian family earlier and life and can never remember having laksa. The only laksa I can compare it with is from the restaurants I've experienced in Australia.
For mine, the laksa at Laksa King is superb. It gets a tick for flavour with so many fresh ingredients in one large bowl of laksa. I'm not sure how they can make a profit - it would cost me twice this much to try and make it at home. A large bowl of quality laksa for under $10 is amazing. But full marks for tasty juicy chicken chunks, large quality prawns, bits of fish, tofu, a large piece of eggplant, two kinds of noodles and a sublime coconut sauce.
Laksa needs to have a bit of kick and Laksa King delivers with just the right amount of chilli in the sauce. With cutlery at your table you can use the chopsticks for noodles and other ingredients and then scoop the sauce in the deep spoon.
Overall I was extremely happy with the laksa at Laksa King. Presentation is superb and the laksa was delicious.
I noticed Laksa King also has the Good Value Banquet for $26.80 a head and it looks like a substantial amount of food.
Next time I'm in Asia I must eat some laksa and compare it to Laksa King. But right now I'm going with the masses who love this place.