There is a Sarawak Laksa that call itself a Sarawak Laksa, but is it really?
When it comes to laksa, there are definitely a lot of options available around to suit your taste buds. Among the many, three popular variations to be known are Asam laksa, Curry laksa, and Sarawak laksa. Despite the different varieties, it is their soupy base 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, in mine Sarawak laksa is arguably the best laksa of all time. The unique taste lies in the well-balanced broth—not overly rich or creamy with coconut milk, but 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 and garnished with 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. Recently, my colleagues had the fortune of visiting the city and tasting the original Sarawak laksa a few weeks ago. Reading the story made my palate wonder of the taste and how it is actually different from the rest of the variations available here in Peninsular Malaysia. After reading up a few articles and blogs and sourcing suggestions from friends, I decided to go on Sarawak laksa hunting here in the Klang Valley in search for the best Sarawak laksa. Here are 5 selected Sarawak laksa in KL and PJ—ranked.
1. Aunty Christina’s Sarawak Laksa, Petaling Jaya
In my opinion—this is the the best, most authentic Sarawak laksa you can ever find here in KL. Ask around and you’ll find people suggesting you to go to Aunty Christina’s restaurant—and to be honest—I would too.
A true-born Sarawakian, Aunty Christina used to operate a humble stall in Lucky Garden back then in Bangsar. After two decades, she decided to move to her own full-fledged eatery in Sea Park, Petaling Jaya in 2017. The restaurant is now cleaner and much more comfortable than the coffee shop it came from.
We tried the Laksa Sarawak Special for RM20. The portion is big with 4 fresh king prawns—enough for two persons to eat. The broth is well-balanced and taste-wise it’s close to the ones in Sarawak, according to my colleague. If you have a smaller stomach, you can opt for the regular bowl for RM9 only.
Overall, Sarawak laksa here is satisfyingly rich and robust with the most authentic taste, perfect for those who crave for the ones’ in Kuching and of course, a must-try for the first timer.
Verdict: A+ (strongly recommended)
2. 7th Mile Kitchen, Kelana Jaya
Another must-visit—I would say—for Sarawak laksa. The restaurant has only two stalls—one selling Sarawak noodles which include Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, and Tomato Noodle, and another one 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 the 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 to be a bit flavourful and not overly spicy, then you should try this one.
Verdict: A (recommended)
3. Dapur Sarawak Restaurant, Pekeliling
Operating for almost 10 years now, Dapur Sarawak Restaurant has a few branches with the one in Jalan Sarikei, Pekeliling as their main. The new branch in Section 7, Shah Alam has made it easier for the patrons from Subang, Klang, and Shah Alam to drop by and grab a quick bite there. Owned by Sarawakian actor Mahmud Ali Bashah, the restaurant offers a variety of other Sarawak cuisine including Mee Kolok and Bihun Belacan.
One of my good friends recommended this restaurant when I asked for suggestion. Truth be told, Sarawak laksa here is good but among all 5, this one has the thickest and creamiest broth—which is fine if you like it that way. Personally, I prefer Aunty Christina’s more but Dapur Sarawak is not bad either.
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 foodtruck in Kuala Lumpur—Re:Fuel On Wheels. Operating from 11 am – 3 pm on weekdays, the food truck aims to serve comfort food that is simple and fuss free which includes local delights like Nasi Lemak, Fried Noodle, Chicken Rice, and of course, the one we came for—Sarawak laksa.
For a budget price RM10.40, Aloft’s Sarawak laksa is ranked after Dapur Sarawak’s due to its lacking ingredients—merely 2 small prawns and a few pieces of chicken. However, taste-wise, the robust broth does satisfy. If you are 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 a hype about Alexis Bistro serving good Sarawak laksa, hence, we decided to include it in our food hunt list. To our surprise, it turned out to be a major disappointment—a complete turn off, if I may.
It is undeniable that the portion was really huge but it was missing the je ne sais quoi —the utmost important X-factor of a Sarawa laksa—making the broth taste completely, for the lack of a better word, tasteless. Honestly, I have no idea about the raison d’être of Sarawak laksa in Alexis’ menu. And if you ask me, for RM30, it’s not worth trying at all.
Verdict: D (not worth trying)
There you have it, 5 selected Sarawak laksa in KL/PJ ranked. Which one is your favourite?
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