Still looking for Perth’s best laksa we went along to the Old Shanghai Food Court in Northbridge to try out the version dished up by the Satay Club.
Old Shanghai on James Street is a large shed style structure containing a number of food stalls – Indian, Chinese BBQ, Japanese, and a bar – and the Satay Club stall offers Malaysian inspired food. Most dishes, as with these types of places, are served from bain-marie holders, but the seafood laksa is made up when ordered.
We looked over the wine available from the bar – piccolos of Mateus rosé brought back some long forgotten memories of this once immensely popular drink and I couldn’t resist a sample – it was not as sweet as I recalled, in fact it was quite dry, with a touch of spritz – not sure if that is the style or a fault – anyway it was an interesting, if not memorable, journey into the past.
The bottle of Alkoomi Chardonnay was a much better wine, by far. A 2009 vintage it had some age, golden with citrus aromas, and peaches and honeyed elements on the creamy palate.
Our laksa arrived and looked the goods – nice colour, glistening with the oil from the coconut cream and chilli, an abundance of squid, shelled prawns, fish balls, crabsticks and fried tofu, al dente mixed noodles and crunchy bean shoots. A little sambal oelek on top gave it a slight zing, but overall the chilli hit was negligible, which was a shame as everything else was pretty good.
Summing up it was a reasonable effort, good flavours, well-cooked ingredients, presented well, but let down by its mildness – and we had ordered the spicy version to boot. A good middle of the road dish for all that.
The quest goes on…….