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Good Laksa in SF or Berkeley/Oakland?

ducky Jul 12, 2008 02:33 PM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: ducky Jul 12, 2008 06:19 PM

    Which kind of laksa?

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      ducky RE: ducky Jul 12, 2008 11:46 PM

      Laksa Lemak

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: ducky Jul 13, 2008 11:30 AM

        Did you see this topic on Jayakarta?


        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.

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

        Kopitiam Restaurant
        3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

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          Leadbelly RE: ducky Jul 13, 2008 06:26 PM

          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.

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            ducky RE: ducky Jul 13, 2008 09:13 PM

            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
              Robert Lauriston RE: ducky Jul 14, 2008 09:29 AM


            2. osho RE: ducky Jul 14, 2008 02:25 PM

              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.

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

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              1. re: osho
                Melanie Wong RE: osho Jul 14, 2008 04:26 PM

                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.

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

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  osho RE: Melanie Wong Jul 14, 2008 05:17 PM

                  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.

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                    Melanie Wong RE: osho Jul 14, 2008 06:18 PM

                    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.

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                blakeleybb RE: ducky Feb 8, 2009 10:27 AM

                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)?


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