Laksa is the ideal way to treat yourself on a cool day. You can feel it warming up your insides as you sip away at the spicy goodness. And then you get to the oodles of noodles at the bottom—noodles make everything better. We love the traditional coconut milk broth with prawns, chicken, fish balls and tofu puffs. But we’ve also found some other delicious and modern variations to please any craving.
Now you’re probably drooling, so here are 14 places dishing out the best laksa in Perth.
Noodle Inn’s laksa has been a favourite in Perth for years—it has just the right amount of spice and the servings are huge. Plus, the tofu in this dish is all sorts of crazy delicious. Even if you don’t like tofu you will love this, trust us.
Noodle Forum makes their noodles fresh every single day and the quality is outstanding. Their laksa is nice and spicy and filled with juicy Exmouth prawns, shredded chicken and delicious tofu which absorbs all of that laksa goodness. This one is for all the chilli lovers out there.
This famous laksa is a unique family recipe and that’s the reason we love it so much. This Darwin-inspired dish is moderately spicy, with the options of vegetarian, chicken, beef or seafood. Tip: It’s almost necessary to have their char-grilled beef satay sticks for entrée.
The Red Chair
The Red Chair is in the Crossways building in Subiaco and while it’s not the most inspiring place to sit, the laksa is seriously some of the very best in Perth. You can get chicken, seafood or vegetarian and whatever you decide on, you can expect it to be chock-full of that plus loads of veggies. They’re only serving it at lunch so it’s the perfect way to break up the working day.
Spencer Village Food Hall
Neil Perry once said that Spencer Village Food Hall did the best authentic Malaysian and Singaporean hawker food in Perth and we’d tend to agree. The laksa here is definitely some of the most authentic in Perth and even if you don’t live close by it’s worth the trip.
Head to Melting Pot for an array of phenomenal laksas to choose from. Their classic Assam Laksa is made with fish stock, pineapple and cucumber in a hot and sour Penang soup. Otherwise opt for their curry laksa or vegetarian laksa. We recommend making the trip three times just to say you’ve tried them all.
High On 55
Malaysian Hawker in Wembley’s Cambridge Forum International Food Court definitely gets a place on any list of Perth’s best laksa. These guys do a phenomenal laksa that will make you all warm and happy inside. It’s a massive serving and will only cost you a $10 note, so what’s not to love?
The quiet gem that is Munch Delights sits pretty on William Street in Northbridge and is dishing up authentic laksa to all the people in the know. Head here for lunch or dinner and expect a real treat for the tastebuds.
A quick word of warning, Newton Circle is crazy popular with the CBD locals. Get there early to avoid a long wait and get your hands on one of the best laksas in Perth for a very reasonable price. No wonder it’s so popular. The ideal spot for some lunch break fuel, or a bite to eat after a long day at work.
Tak Chee House
Tak Chee is an unassuming little Northbridge restaurant that sure knows how to make laksa. Perfectly coconut-y, spicy and loaded with all the usual suspects, this will warm you up instantly. The Hainanese chicken rise is also some of the best in Perth, so make sure you do two trips.
While it’s on the pricier side, if you’re after some fine dining laksa, Long Chim is the place to go. Everything the crew at Long Chim makes is outstanding and the laksa is no exception. Take your pick from prawn and fish dumpling laksa with red curry or bean curd laksa with peanuts and pickled mustard greens.
PappaRich in Northbridge often has queues out the door but if you don’t mind a little wait the laksa here is a worthy reward. Order their chicken curry laksa and tick it off the list.
Ah, Goreng Goreng how we love you so. The good old Number 9—udon laksa with veg and shitake mushrooms—is the perfect dinner option when you’re craving some good soupy goodness.
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Noodle Inn | Image credit: Nancy Hanna