David’s Kitchen is a small chain of Asian takeaway restaurants with a few different outlets in Sydney city. The one I went to is right near Martin Place, underground in a small corridor food court underneath the Colonial centre.
As a part-Malaysian, I usually avoid eating at any place that sells a variety of different Asian cuisines… How good the laksa could be when they also sell peking duck and green curry!? It is pretty much rule #2 in the Asian handbook of eating Asian food (only after rule #1 – ‘don’t eat at an empty restaurant’…)
But I’d heard from a few people that it was worth checking out and it was close-by in the CBD.
I opt to go for tofu only, which they serve with some bok choy – which is OK but it waters down a laksa and doesn’t really belong there… Also, when I ordered, the lady did not seem to be familiar with the concept of having mixed noodles and was not very open to adding hokkien noodles, in fact she basically insisted I have vermicelli only.
Fair enough – let’s roll with it.
The flavour that was actually there isn’t bad – so I don’t want you to avoid this place. But when it comes to ways to spot a great bowl without tasting it, the amount of grit and crud in there often indicates whether it is made on premise or built off a bought paste. I also like to see some evidence of chilli – it’s one of the main flavours of laksa after all, and none of the best places are shy about it.
You can probably tell from the pictures and the lack of bright red chilli oil that this laksa is definitely on the mild side. The broth is thin and milky – with some coconut milk flavour but definitely not as rich as it should be and you can tell the broth doesn’t have the depth of a really good laksa.
Overall, not bad but it is only about 5 minutes from Malay-Chinese Takeaway so probably better to go for a walk and wait in line.
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Last Eaten: February 2016
Price for Chicken Laksa: $9.50
Laksa varieties: Chicken / Curried Beef / BBQ Pork / Prawn / King Prawn / Beancurd / Seafood / Combination / Wonton
Chilli: Very mild
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