Sarawak Laksa – Paying Homage

Whenever my mother makes a trip down to KL, I always request for a packet of sambal laksa paste. As far as I know, you can’t get it here…yet. Eating Sarawak laksa makes me reminisce home very much. The funny thing is when I was still there, I wouldn’t eat as much laksa as I would have liked. Guess it’s because you thought you could have them any time you want. But now that I’m here in KL, it’s hard to get good authentic Sarawak laksa. They always seem to lack something.

If I were to describe the taste of Sarawak Laksa, the broth is like a cross between curry and asam laksa but with a strong sambal mix into it. Don’t quote me on this one, it’s not the perfect description. I won’t even try to detail to you what are the ingredients in the laksa paste. One of it says ‘rempah’ (spices) which can be anything under the sky. When you eat Sarawak laksa for the first time, you’d think….oh, it’s pretty normal but then you realise you can’t stop eating with each bite, pausing only to wipe the sweat off your forehead and the snot trailing out of your nostril. 🙂

It takes a bit of practise to get the soup right, but I will vouch my culinary reputation that nothing beats your own homecooked Sarawak laksa. A little warning though, you might have to open all your windows and doors to avoid the sambal smell getting into the curtains or fabric sofas. Hey, that’s what you have Febreeze for!


I have this rather disgusting belief that a bowl of noodles is truly that good when you eat it till your snot comes out. It’s a true sign of satisfaction when devouring the hot-soupy-spicy-goodness. To this day I still prefer to eat homemade Sarawak laksa, not to say that there are no good laksa shops out there in Sarawak but it’s just that laksa to me is home comfort food. I know I was in for a treat when I could smell the pungent broth from a mile away. I would walk home from school and could immediately tell my mom was cooking laksa even before making a turn at the corner. Here is a site where you can get the paste but there is a minimum amount you have to order, so I suggest to get all your friends that love laksa together to share.

Here’s to a great dish and to home……

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2 Responses to “Sarawak Laksa – Paying Homage”

  1. Jessica says:

    This reminds me when my first trip to Kuching last yr, the curry laksa really yummy with the Sambal.

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