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Feb 12, 2012 02:53 AM

Is there Singaporean Laksa in Toronto?

is there anywhere in Toronto that one can find this coconut milk curry rice vermicelli soup, usually filled with prawns, fish cake, tofu puffs and occasionally baby octopus, mussels and hard boiled egg halves(with a dollop of sambal)? This street stall Singaporeean staple is readily found in urban Australia, in particular Sydney.

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  1. Often discussed. You might start your search here:

    1. There's a food court at First Markham Place (Woodbine/Hwy 7). In the corner, next to the Japanese stall there's a Malaysian /Thai place that serves a pretty good (IMO) Laksa for very little $. If you're up in the area, I recommend you try it.

      1. Try Pacific Mall, Food Court level (the one inside the mall, not near the escalators). Singaporeans own that shop so it is singapore style.

        Good Luck

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        1. re: andyhkng

          salis noodis on yonge just south of st clair has laksa. i'd never had it previously, so can't compare. but i did find the dish a bit too bland, not as complex and intensely flavored as i would've liked.

            1. re: szw

              Definitely the place to try.
              But isn't it now Gourmet Malaysia?

              1. re: estufarian

                The restaurant is gourmet malaysia. The food court is still open and is still gourmet garden. Both will always be named gourmet garden to me.

                While you're at it, give 1 2 snacks a try at glenwatford (its close by). I actually prefer their laksa to GG.

                1. re: szw

                  Agreed. Love One2 snacks!! Especially their kuih dadar.

                  1. re: szw

                    GG is very good. That restaurant owner is my idol.

                  2. re: estufarian

                    Yep. Gourmet Malaysia, and across the street from where Gourmet Garden used to be.

                2. re: andyhkng

                  Please don't! this place has the best hainanese chicken rice in gta but the laksa is disgusting.... Avoids the laksa, get the chicken

                  1. re: szw

                    Oooh, really?! I didn't know. I've been eating chicken rice at Phoenix, which is only okay-lah at best.

                    1. re: jlunar

                      I haven't had Phoenix for a long time, I should try it again just to remember it, but yeah its my favourite chicken rice. Except for today...they didn't have any of the thick soy (well thats what they said) and the chicken came with some sesame oil/soy sauce already drizzled on it. Weird...but usually its great IMO.

                      I was really turned off though today because of the gross laksa and not mentioning they didn't have the right condiments for the rice. In a hissy fit while eating I vowed never to go back there, but I probably will some time when stuck at pacific mall.

                      1. re: szw

                        Thanks for the update szw! I was debating about when to brave Pac Mall again - weekends are usually when I have time, but those are the worst hours! Maybe sometime in the morningish...

                    2. re: szw

                      WRONG! :-)
                      I love the Laksa here, and the Char Kwei Teo, and my my Singaporean-Chinese friend Weng says it's very traditional.
                      For chicken-rice, we tend to favour South-Asia Malaysian, but always looking for new spots.

                      1. re: TorontoTips

                        Glad you enjoyed it, hopefully I just got a bad batch as it was truly horrible. I tried the oyster omelette also amd that wasn't very good, but better than the laksa.

                        As for south Asia Malaysian, I will just say that there are better spots.

                  2. Hawkerbar on Ossington is a new trendy Singaporean joint that has laksa but I've never tried it

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                    1. re: echeng25

                      If you're looking for Australian-Singaporean foods, Hawker Bar could be a good place - I'm not positive since I don't know what that would taste like. I do know that currently, the flavours aren't what one would call authentic. I was pretty disappointed.

                      1. re: jlunar

                        edit: *the flavours aren't what one would call authentically (and soley) Singaporean.

                        Further thought: I liken it to coming to Canada to learn how to cook Chinese food and end up Canadian-Chinese. It's got its place, but it's not what someone looking for Chinese food would necessarily seek out.

                        1. re: jlunar

                          aka it's for white people because Ossington is a "happening" street.

                          go to gourmet garden.

                    2. If you're willing to travel into Mississauga, there's a great restaurant that specializes in Singaporean/Malaysian food. It's called Lion City and from what I've had, it's just as good as the times I've been in Singapore. They have Laksa Lemak on the menu.