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Good Laksa in SF or Berkeley/Oakland?

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  • ducky Jul 12, 2008 02:33 PM
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Any recommendations on good places for laksa?

A search on the board here only identified two potential spots: Betelnut (SF) and Jayakarta (Berkeley), but the reviews were rather limited.

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  1. Which kind of laksa?

    1. Laksa Lemak

      1. Did you see this topic on Jayakarta?

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325100

        Singapore-Malaysian in SF makes great curry mee, which I think is another name for the same dish?

        I haven't tried Kopitiam's yet.

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        Singapore Malaysian Restaurant
        836 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        Kopitiam Restaurant
        3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

        1. Jayakarta's laksa is very good, or so I think; I actually slightly prefer the laksa at Shiok in Menlo Park, but I live in Berkeley and would rather stay local unless I have business on the Peninsula.

          1. Thanks for the help; I'll try to hit them all in the next few months. Has anyone tried Betelnut's laksa?

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            1. re: ducky

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/506292

            2. I have no idea if this was 'authentic', because I have never been to Malaysia.

              But, I had Curry Laksa today at Penang Garden for lunch, and it was just glorious !

              Deep fried okra, aubergine, steamed brocolli, cauliflower, tofu and white meat chicken, all in a curry flavoured thick broth - perfectly seasoned with chewy noodles to boot.

              I definitely consider this dish chow-worthy - FWIW.

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              Penang Garden Restaurant
              728 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              1. re: osho

                Does Penang Garden's version have actual laksa (aka rau ram) leaves in it?

                Here's a link to my old post on the laksa RAVIOLI at Prima Taste in San Jose.
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35883

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                Prima Taste
                1701 Lundy Ave Ste 100, San Jose, CA 95131

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  If you are referring to the Malay 'daun kesom', I don't think it had that ingredient.

                  In this case, I believe it is more of a coconut curry, more than anything else.

                  1. re: osho

                    Since I thought the Malay name for the herb was just "laksa", I had to look it up, and yes, they're one and the same. Thanks for the post . . . delicious is delicious, no matter whether authentic or not, though potentially different than what the OP is seeking. I'll keep it in mind.

              2. Not too long ago I purchased on-line several packets of Laksa paste manufactured by Oriental Crops (sic!) in Malyasia. Stupidly, I forgot to bookmark the site and can't re-locate it.

                I found it (in my admittedly limited experience) to be quite good.

                Has anyone else purchased this online (of in the Bay Area)?

                Barry