I was reading somewhere recently that Laksa – Penang Assam style – was rated the 26th most delicious food in the world in a survey a few years ago, while curry laksa was rated 44th.
Who am I to disagree, it is an essential dish whenever I get the chance to go to Malaysia or Singapore where I have indulged in many a great bowl of this wonderful soup.
There are basically two styles of laksa – curry laksa, the rich and savoury coconut milk based dish or the fresh and sour assam type. But of course there are as many variants on the theme as there are towns and villages throughout Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and other points across SE Asia where it is viewed as a national dish.
Both types use thick rice noodles traditionally, but often a mix of these with thinner rice vermicelli can be found. Seafood is a common ingredient, although chicken too has its place, as well as tofu, and really whatever you fancy.
Anyway, somewhat inspired by the survey, and encouraged by an old dining companion, I have decided to set out over coming months to find the best laksa – of whatever style – served up in Perth.
So in coming reviews the laksa search will be continued….any suggestions as to the best places are very welcome indeed!