Noodle soup is delicious; there’s a reason every Asian culinary culture has a version. And while pho might get the popular vote in Australia, laksa may just be the best of the lot—don’t @ me pho-heads.
While the curry laksa—rich, creamy and headily spicy—is the most widely known, true soup slurpers will tell you there’s a wide variety of laksa soups to try and you should get out there and do it.
So now you’re committed to trying this delicious Malaysian creation, the next thing to decide is where you going to eat it.
Well, that’s where we come in! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite laksa restaurants across Australia. But! This is just one opinion. If you’ve discovered a laksa join that the world needs to know about, please let us know!
Asian Gourmet Restaurant – Adelaide
While the name may not be the most original going around, there’s no doubt the laksa is among the finest in Australia. Found in the food court of the bustling Adelaide Central Market, don’t expect linen table cloths and silverware—or even friendly service. But do expect delicious laksa made with fresh ingredients sourced on site.
While the laksa is the stand out, you can also grab your usual Singaporean street food fare like fried kway teow, spring rolls and a variety of noodle dishes.
Central Market, Adelaide, SA 5000
Laksa King – Sydney
Laksa King’s combo laksa truly lives up to its name, with more ‘combo’ than just about any other on this list: prawns, spongy tofu, fish tofu, fish balls, vegetables, chicken and beef—it’s the works in bowl form.
The broth is delightful, with just enough sweetness to balance out the spice, and the noodles are cooked to perfection. It might be just a little hole in the wall, but it’s worth the visit!
Erskine St, Sydney NSW 2000
Laksa King – Melbourne
Another crown for another king! Part of Melbourne’s foody elite, Laksa King has been filling bellies with a wide variety of noodle soups for decades.
While they offer more than just delicious noodles floating in broth, you’re missing the point if you opt for something else. The duck curry laksa is a stand out!
Pin Oak Cres, Flemington VIC 3031
Taurus Hawker Foods
There is nothing fancy about the Taurus at all. The seating is basic, as is the service, but the place gets packed because the traditional Malaysian hawker food sold here is brilliant.
Take advantage of the seafood laksa—the seafood in W.A. is underrated and works wonderfully with the sweet spicy curry flavours of the laksa.
Collins Rd, Canning WA 6155
Lemak – Brisbane
Almost as famous for their fried chicken as they are their laksa, Lemak serves up fantastic fare in the traditional Malaysian hawker style.
The laksa itself is renowned around Brisbane, but the vegetarian variety might be the best we’ve tried in some time! It’s not always about the meat team!
Lytton Rd, East Brisbane, QLD 4169