Sambal – Laksa in North Ryde (near Macquarie Centre)

So it has been a few years since going to Sambal in North Ryde. Previously it made it up into my top laksas although the bowl yesterday left a bit to be desired and it is out of the top 10.

They do some great Malaysian dishes – pretty good Chicken Rice and CKT, but they could really work on their laksa…

The Chicken Laksa at Sambal, North Ryde
The Chicken Laksa at Sambal, North Ryde

Hopefully it was just a bad day, but the soup was lacking in flavour and punch. They also have a bit more competition in the area now that PappaRich has opened a store in Macquarie Centre.

Sambal Chicken Laksa

Worth trying again, but this bowl was not impressive so I’d have to recommend you go line up at PappaRich instead!

Laksa at Sambal in 2011
Laksa at Sambal in 2011

Current Ranking: See the FULL LIST to see where Sambal is ranked right now!

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Last Eaten: January 2016

Chilli: Mild-Medium

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CBD Noodles – One of the Best Laksas in Sydney

CBD Noodles in Wintergarden has been one of the best Sydney Laksas for a while, but seems to get overlooked buy a lot of other people. I started going there originally as it was the closest place to Malay-Chinese Takeaway (whenever the lines were too long), but have since grown to love it. They make the broth spicy and include both noodles if you ask them.

I always thought it deserved more recognition, but seeing as there is a pretty big line there every time I go, maybe people are just keeping it a secret to themselves.

CBD Noodles Chicken Laksa - Jan 2016
CBD Noodles Chicken Laksa – Jan 2016
CBD Noodles - one of the best laksa in Sydney
Definitely one of the best laksas in Sydney

The line can get pretty long at lunch time, but since it is in the Wintergarden foodcourt it is usually easier to get a seat. They also have half of their staff serving laksa customers and half of them working on dry noodles and food – so the line does move quite quickly…

For anyone in a rush to get back or eat at the office, their takeaway containers and servings are much better than the ironically named Malay-Chinese Takeaway which uses terrible, small plastic tubs (one of their few flaws).

One of the best laksas in Sydney

So for anyone who hasn’t been to CBD Noodles for a laksa, give it a try! They make it hot and it is close to anyone around Circular Quay or near Australia Square. There are a bunch of other pretty good food choices in Wintergarden now, but hey, why eat anything besides laksa?!


Current Ranking: 3rd

Price for a Chicken Laksa: $10.50

Last Eaten: January 2016

Chilli: Medium-Hot

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Penang Cuisine – Best Laksa in Epping

Penang Cuisine won a few brownie points for being open on New Years Eve for lunch – I really didn’t want to cook and needed a laksa so I could head into 2016 the right way. I hadn’t tried the laksa there before, so was a bit nervous I might end up having a shitty start to 2016 but hey, they delivered and are now my favourite local!

The best laksa in Epping & one of the top 5 in Sydney at the moment
The best laksa in Epping & one of the top 5 in Sydney at the moment

Since then, I’ve been back to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and they are definitely legit. The soup is tasty, gritty and consistently good though it is definitely under chilli’d and not quite as punchy as somewhere like Malay Chinese Takeaway.

You will need to ask for extra sambal & chilli, but on the plus side, it does come standard with both noodles so that is a tick for me.

Best Vegetarian Laksa in Sydney
I don’t usually order vegetarian laksa, but Penang Cuisine make a good one


They make the odd / pretty modest claim of being “The king of curry laksa in Epping”. Either they are really humble or I didn’t know how competitive the laksa scene was around here… I mean, how many laksa places are there in Epping?

If anyone knows other good laksas in the area – let me know!

Laksa at Penang Cuisine - Epping
The Laksa at Penang Cuisine Epping – one of the top 5 laksas in Sydney

Current Ranking: 5th

Last Eaten: January 2016

Price for Chicken Laksa: $10.90

Laksa varieties: Chicken / Prawn / Seafood / Vegetable

Chilli: Mild-Medium

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