Malaysian Laksa House, Melbourne
Don’t be fooled by the peeling menus and low prices, Malaysian Laksa House delivers some flavourful laksa (as well as many other Malaysian dishes) in a low fuss manner. You don’t need to spend that much to get your Asian-food fix in the CBD of Melbourne.
Laksa of the draw
I headed along to Malaysian Laksa House on Elizabeth Street on the recommendation of a friend. I haven’t been back in Melbourne too long so I am more than happy to be guided by someone else. It’s an inconspicuous location, nestled amongst the other (what I call) student-ish Asian-ish eating options of the city grid.
Stalwarts of the area generally need to have price/ quality in the right balance to survive. Malaysian Laksa House looks like it’s been here a while, judging by the state of furniture, fittings and menus. It’s not winning any awards for style. There’s a bucket under our table for the air conditioner. But this I don’t mind, because it almost makes it more authentic in a way.
Service at Malaysian Laksa House is a DIY affair. you order your food at the counter and the staff generally don’t bother you unless you need something. My first noodle dish had a hair (a curly one at that) so needless to say, I did need their attention at one point in the experience.
Glazed and confused
My friend had the laksa which he enjoyed (not the best in Melbourne, but good for the price/ location). I had BBQ pork with dry stirred noodle (or was that meant to be the other way around). Both dishes are around the $12 mark and there’s a lot in both bowls. I guess I overlooked the hygiene factor somewhat because the flavour in the food was so good (not that flavour). The glaze on the BBQ pork was one of the best I’ve had of late. Sweet, smoky, crispy, heaven.
Since I had two bowls of the same noodles I did get to do a comparison and one was rather dry whilst the second was not. So it’s a bit hit and miss? My verdict on Malaysia Laksa House – yeah go for it! Cheap, lots of options and actually good food.