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Apr 18, 2012 09:01 AM

Hawker Bar

No thread on this yet? Singaporean food downtown, we're supposed to be getting excited. The chef is from Melbourne, which has a pretty awesome Southeast Asian food scene.

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  1. Wow, downtown laksa!!! Great to know. If it's half as good as the laksa I ate in Oz (or frankly, just about any of the Pan-pacific food I ate in Oz), I'll be very happy. Thanks for posting - hadn't heard a peep about this place.

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      1. re: kwass

        Sorry kwass, missed this question...laksa is basically a coconut curry soup with noodles, shrimp and other goodies. I ate it a lot in Malaysia and Singapore,typically from street hawkers, also in Australia. The soup is based on a spice paste made from all the usual SE Asian goodies - lemongrass, garlic, galangal, shrimp paste, coriander, etc. Spicy, creamy goodness in a bowl, Torontonians often lament the absence of a great laksa option in this city (the one place that seems to get the most recommendations is Gourmet Garden, a Malaysian restaurant in Scarborough, which I've yet to try).

    1. I have this on my radar, but ... I don't know if I should bring my family or not! I've decided to go first and then see if it's worth hauling the relatives down town for. Otherwise I'd never hear the end of it if it was bad.

      1. fyi, they dont have their liquor license yet. and some of the chairs are just wood stumps.

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        1. re: KhaoSanRoad

          Sounds awful, guess I'll go to Khao San Road instead! Just kidding.

          1. re: childofthestorm

            ha! we plan on going there as soon as they get their license. its just that when we get time to out, its nice to have a beer too :)

        2. I love that they have veg options. It's definitely on my to-try list.

          1. Let's just say it wasn't anything to write home about.

            The fish was decent, but it needs way more sauce. The satay tasted like the sauce was put on after the fact, plus it was overcooked.

            It's no Gourmet Garden that's for sure.