Friday, June 12, 2009

Laksa King

Shop 3
320 Racecourse Rd
Flemington 3031 VIC
Phone: (03) 9372 6383

For someone who isn't fond of coconut in their meal, I have to say I've been eating all the wrong cuisines. This all comes down to the fact that I have many friends who really enjoy their Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian food.

So last night my friends decided to go to Laksa King to get their much needed dose of Laksa.
I know what you're thinking, I can't believe I agreed to go either.

Amazon actually made a reservation before we headed down to the place, you start to understand why when you arrive... the place is pretty packed for a Thursday night, and supposedly it's like this every day! Not only is it full inside the place, but there's also quite a number of people waiting outside for takeaway.

I had a hard time deciding what to have, I even asked the waiter what he would recommend off the menu that didn't consist of any coconut. Because I couldn't make up my mind, I decided that I would order after my friends got their meals so I would be able to try a bit to see which one I'd prefer.

Chicken Satay (4 skewers) $6.80
We ordered two plates of these, they were pretty good - the chicken was still quite tender and moist.

Seafood Fried Crispy Noodle - Combination of seafood, veggies topped with gravy $11.80
I don't think I've mentioned anywhere on my blog yet that I'm allergic to crustaceans, I did however try a bit of the noodles and it was quite enjoyable. (Tasted pretty shrimpy, obviously)

Curry Laksa - Mixed noodle with shrimp, fishcake & chicken $8.50
The mixed noodles consist of hokkien mie and rice vermicelli, personally I preferred the rice vermicelli over the hokkien mie. According to my friends, Laksa King has the best Laksa's in Melbourne.

Hainanese Chicken Rice - Chicken steamed to perfection served with chicken rice & soup $8.50
This is the dish which Charlotte ordered, she thought the sauce for the chicken was a bit too salty but thought the rice was quite nice. Charlotte doesn't eat much spicy food, so Amazon VERY happily obliged to finish the chilli sauce for her. You could tell she really enjoyed it.

Nasi Lemak Special (beef) - A unique combination rice dish served with pickled anchovies, egg, peanut & a choice of curry chicken or beef $9.20 (My friend just told me this is usually called Rendang)

After trying a bit of each dish, I thought that the Nasi Lemak Special was probably the nicest out of all the dishes, however I decided to go with the Laksa since the place was obviously known for their Laksa's. For someone who doesn't enjoy coconut in their meal, I did manage to finish the whole thing bar the broth. I didn't drink any of the broth because although MSG is supposed to make things taste better, it makes me dizzy and VERY thirsty. I found the Laksa to be okay, not something I'd really crave for or want to order again.

Next time I go back though I'm definitely going for the Nasi Lemak Special instead.

Price: The mains can range from $8.50 to $16.80 depending on what you order. A noticed that most of the people in there ordered Laksa's though which are priced between $8.50 to $10.50.

Overall Score - Casual Dining: 14/20
  • Food: 4/5
  • Range of Choice: 4/5
  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Venue: 1/5
NOTE: you go to Laksa King for their range of authentic Malaysian food at affordable prices, not the venue. They do not skimp on the portions. If you order seafood you get your worth of seafood.

I asked Amazon what she would rate Laksa King out of 20, and she said 18. She loves her Malaysian food, so I'm sure she knows more about it. Although all my friends enjoy eating at Laksa King, they thought she may have been a bit generous.

Whilst I was browsing around for other reviews on Laksa King, I stumbled upon Journal of the Whills. According to Wuching, Baba House is better than Laksa King. I'll have to bring this up with Amazon! But for now I would like to take a break from coconut in my meals.

Useful Information:
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am-3pm
Dinner: 5pm-10.30pm


  1. Ive never been to laksa king before but Ive been told that the best Malay food is Straits (in Doncaster)

  2. Oooh...I keep meaning to try the nasi lemak, but keep getting drawn to the laksa.

    I must make an effort to go the lemak next time!

  3. Hey I really like your blog, I just recently went to Laksa King and it was pretty good. I love a good laksa and I'm trying to find the best one ever. Can you help me? cheers. keep up the good work.