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My Laksa-less visit to Laksa King

27 Apr

Oh Laksa King!  We’ve all heard about the famous Laksa King and it’s success story, starting from it’s humble beginnings in a small Flemington arcade to evolve into it’s new bigger, better shinier new home and even bigger ego.  Tonight marks the final night of the super long Easter weekend, and my (non foodie) partner in crime, Jo Duck had organised a get together with our favourite shooting crew Grace, Darcy and George.  Her invitation read:  “Hi all.  Don’t you think it’s time we all had a big bowl of laksa?  I do!”.  How does one decline such a convincing offer!!

So as I’m sure we’re all aware, Laksa King is as famous for it’s thick, fragrant Laksa as it is for it’s big crowds, reputation and lines.  The ever organised Ms Duck had booked us a table (which is great, because I’m not the best company when made to wait…) so we got to bypass the foyer of Laksa hopefuls awaiting their tables.

I’ve been here a bunch of times now, and being the creature of habit that I am, have ordered the fiery red, smooth hug-in-a-bowl that is the Combination Laksa every time.  But given my excessive culinary weekend, the thought of that rich coconut-ty curry broth was all too much, so I opted for the Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Hainanese Chicken Rice $9.20

There is something about the fragrant chicken rice, all ginger and lemon grass infused that makes it good enough to bottle in a perfume.  The chicken was served deboned, and had sat in a small pool of sweetened soy (as is tradition).  Sadly I found the chicken to be a little lacklustre (could have been hugely due to the fact that Mumsy had made Hainanese chicken rice at home the night before… and nothing beats a home cooked Mumsy Meal…) the chicken seemed a touch on the bland side, and I found the chicken meat a little limp (unlike Mumsy’s plump, meaty version).  The chilli sauce however, was delicious.  Perfectly chilli, mellowed by a touch of sweet, sour and ginger flavouring.

Jo and Grace both ordered the Chicken Laksa, which looked as it always does.  If anything Laksa King is good at, its consistency.

Chicken Curry Laksa $9.20

There’s a mix of hokkien and vermicelli noodles and a healthy amount of shredded chicken, fried tofu squares, fishcake, and the amazing squidgy piece of eggplant all soaked in a bath of fiery red, lightly spicy curry broth that won’t blow your face off!

Vegetarian Curry Laksa $9.20

George went with the Vegetarian version of the classic, which I’d (obviously…) never really acknowledged even being on the menu ( … Laksa…anything sans meat… interesting concept ?)  But from what I saw, there were bountiful amounts of tofu, mushrooms, broccoli, bok choy and the redeeming factor, THAT eggplant!

Last but not least, Darcy got the Prawn dumpling noodle soup which I actually considered myself.    The dumplings, or what looked more like wontons looked fresh and sufficiently filled (nothing worse than a malnutritioned,  sad looking wonton)!

Prawn dumpling Noodle soup $10.20

After tonight’s experience, I have learned that sometimes, it is okay to be a creature of habit.  Having had the chicken rice at Raffle’s Place not so long ago (and it was very good), and then my Mother’s version just last night, I feel like Laksa King kind of failed me tonight!  So why mess with a good thing?  Laksa King will and forever will be from now on, nothing but business and Curry Laksa all the way!

Laksa King

6/10-12 Pin Oak Crescent

Flemington – (03) 9372 6383

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Chef Lagenda. No wait Laksa!

24 Mar

It’s starting to get cold out!  Which means I switch back to wines instead of cider, wear thicker socks and eat warm porridge instead of cold weetbix in the morning.   It’s inevitable that on first onset of a slight breeze, my brain goes into craving overdrive and YES! It’s for all those hearty, carby, creamy culinary delights that warm the soul and melt away the cold (until of course spring comes around again and your body curses you for giving in to a whole winter of such cravings!)

Lucky for me, it’s only the beginning of Autumn, so I have a whole 6 months of cravings to fulfill.  First one being LAKSA! Now, much like everyone else, I’d been an avid consumer of the Laksa King (pre and post its venue upgrade) and yes it was (still is) THE BEST (in Melbourne).  Always fast (once you were eventually seated), delicious, and cheap.  But given the queuing situation (and the onset of the skinny jeans brigade), it does at times test my patience.  And so, for this particular Laksa night, I decided to throw my craving to the wind, and try Chef Lagenda (on the recommendation of a friend who lives locally).

Chef Lagenda is right next door to Laksa King, taking up a much smaller window space.  As we walked in (Z and I) it was almost instant satisfaction!  No Line!  Already winning. We are seated, tea-ed, and have our orders taken within 3 minutes of sitting down (it’s pretty much the same menu as Laksa King – probably due to the fact that Chef Legenda’s chef is from the original Laksa King).

Lobak (Crispy mince pork roll) $5.80

It comes as no surprise, I’m pretty hungry and that smell of fragrant coconut spices and wok cooking is making my stomach want to eat itself!  So we get the Lobak to start.  Normally I love the chicken roti roll, but I thought we should try something different.  The Bean Curd skin casing was freshly fried and deliciously crisp, while the mince inside had a nice firm consistency (its not the most appetizing looking entree, but it was delicious!!)

And finally the reason we are here!! Z got the seafood curry laksa which was full of fresh seafood.  Whole fillets of fish, prawns, calamari and scallops and of course, the eggplant and tofu cubes.

Seafood Curry Laksa $11.90

I always go with the classic Curry Laksa which comes with chicken, shrimp and fish cake as well as the eggplant and tofu cubes.  The mere arrival of our heavy, fragrant bowls of laksa goodness made me pretty Happy in Pants!

Curry Laksa $9.20

The soup was perfectly balanced – hot and spicy, but still creamy enough without being too rich.  Mixed noodles cooked al-dente (nothing worse than over cooked, soggy noodles ) and of course that chunky slab of tender eggplant!  Devouring that bowl was easily the BEST 4 and a half minutes of my day (Yeh!  Girl was hungry)!   That ‘no wait’, ‘but still taste so good’ Laksa I never thought possible has officially been found at Chef Lagenda.

So yes.  Craving satisified! (…for now…  just wait until you see the page long offering of Bubble Cup…. But I’ll save that for the next craving update!)

Chef Lagenda  16 Pin Oak Cres. Flemington, 3031

03) 9376 2668