Everybody in Sarawak, and generally anywhere else in Malaysia loves laksa. Sarawak Laksa is particularly special, it has its own uniqueness and that makes it one of its kind, distinguishing itself from normal curry laksa or other varieties such as Penang Laksa. People who have been away for some time would definitely miss this local delicacy dearly, but somehow the case is not entirely true for me. I think laksa is a great dish, but it is not something that I would be obsessesively crazy about. I have been away, I did miss laksa, but thanks to Sarah, she cooked laksa for us poor Kuching kids from time to time.
For the past few weeks, unintentionally I have been having laksa for more often than I could hope for. All thanks to Fred, who can have laksa for every single meal of the day, and practically the same everyday after that, we almost had our own little laksa rally, which turned out half-successful (because we did not visit all the popular spots).
If you ask me what my preferences are for the laksa that I really like, I would say the first thing, No Taugeh please... (Bean sprouts). No, I do not dislike taugeh, but somehow I feel it is unsuitable and the whole beautiful taste of laksa would be ruined by the presence of taugeh !! Secondly, I would prefer thicker gravy, with heavy flavouring. Since the noodles used for laksa (usually mee hoon/rice vermicilli) are usually tasteless, I would expect the gravy to be more outstanding in taste. And of course, I prefer thicker and larger sized (diameter) noodles, to absorb the gravy well, and yet still remain solid and "noodle-like".
The thing I hate most about horrible laksa: Thin, soggy noodles overly soaked with tasteless thin gravy and filled with not so fresh looking taugeh.
No, to me the prawn is not the main attraction. Heck, it is hard to find really fresh prawns with laksa too. What makes the laksa delicious is not the prawn anyway !!
Throughout the laksa adventures... most of the laksa served came out looking quite temptingly scrumptious !!!
Except for.... this one
THE UGLIEST LOOKING LAKSA !!! Now who says appearance matters? Obviously not for the person who served this one.
And guess what, Fred was eating it (and cam-whored with it too) on his first night of return to Kuching.
Side note: Kenny Sia did an entry on the best food in Kuching lately. Unfortunately, I have to say I disagree with many of the claims he made. Well, people will come to me and say, everyone has different tastes and preferences, right? If that is so, why anyone would put up what he would prefer and like best in the first place? Huh ?? Huh ??