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HOT – Ipoh Laksa Malaysian Kitchen – 738 Main St, Kangaroo Point

Continuing on my quest to devour as much Malaysian cuisine as humanly possible (thanks to Malaysia Kitchen Australia), Ipoh Laksa in Kangaroo Point was the most recent venue to have the pleasure of watching me and some friends scoff, groan and visibly expand our waistlines over what was a Malaysian feast of epic proportions, great value and truly remarkable flavours. 

A few interesting facts:  Ipoh, pronounced ‘ee-poh’ is a town in the State of Perak in Malaysia with the highest population of Chinese immigrants than any other Malaysian state, due to the influx during the gold rush era.  In conjunction with Malaysian and Chinese flavours, Ipoh cuisine was largely influenced by the British and Portuguese presence as well. 

Each of us around the table at Ipoh Laksa was fairly inexperienced when it came to Malaysian menu knowledge, so we really didn’t know what to choose.  As such, random selection prevailed. 

For entrees we pretty much sampled one of everything on the menu:

Samosas, or vegetarian curry puffs, $4.80 for 4 pieces.

 

Vegetarian spring rolls, $4.80 for 4 pieces. 

Skewered satay chicken sticks, $7.60 for 4 pieces and skewered satay beef sticks, $7.60 for 4 pieces. 

 

In all honesty, the entrees at Ipoh Laksa were pretty standard and nothing to write home about – the samosa expert at the table wasn’t particularly impressed, even suggesting these and the spring rolls may have spent some time in the freezer. 

Thankfully, the main dishes were a completely different story – whether we just got lucky with the selection we made, or if all the Ipoh Laksa dishes are this good, who knows?  Either way, we hit the jackpot in a big way. 

The char keow teow ($13.90) was one of the faves, with wok tossed flat rice noodles, prawns, chicken, fish cakes, Chinese sausage, egg, bean sprouts and chilli.

 

Also worth a mention, and well worth returning for was the sambal prawn stir fry ($18.20).  Spicy, but not unbearably, this dish was smoky, fresh and so flavoursome.

 

We struggled our way through the Ipoh curry Laksa ($12.00) with coconut curry stock, vermicelli noodles, Hokkien noodles, fish cake, fish balls, egg, chicken, bean curd and bean sprout.  This dish was probably the least impressive – I didn’t see too much in the way of fish cakes, fish balls or chicken – it was mostly noodles, noodles, and more noodles, with a very overwhelming coconut flavour.

The beef rendang ($12.80) was delicious – unlike many dry and stringy beef rendang I’ve tried in the past, Ipoh Ipoh Laksa‘s rendang meat was tender, moist and full of flavour in a generous sauce to mop up with more roti.

 

Whilst tasty, with a great combination of flavours and textures, the Nasi goreng ($12.80) was your stock-standard blend of spicy fried rice with prawns, chicken, egg, bean curd and vegies (no pic for this one, sorry).  The roti canai with curried chicken ($12.80) was insanely good – I have no idea if the bread was made fresh or pulled from the freezer, but it was doughy in the middle and crispy at the edges and when drowned in the curry sauce it was groan worthy.

We finished things off with some deep fried ice cream and as the last of the staff lingered, waiting for us to down spoons and leave, we pretty much had to be rolled from the restaurant.

 

Ipoh Laksa is a family owned and operated restaurant, by ex-pats of Ipoh, so one can only imagine the cuisine is authentic and consistent with that found in Malaysia itself.  In any case, it’s no fuss, delicious, fresh and flavoursome cuisine and well worth a visit.  Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, they also do takeaway and allow BYO wine.  

  • Ipoh Laksa Malaysian Kitchen – 738 Main St, Kangaroo Point +61 7 3891 2777
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