Malay-Chinese Takeaway – The Best Laksa in Sydney

OK so Malay-Chinese Takeaway on Hunter St is no secret to Sydney Laksa eaters. It is the defending champ and has been called “the best Laksa in Sydney” (or at the very least, one of the best) for years. The recipe hasn’t changed and either have the long lines if you go at lunch time during the week!

Mid week either early (before 12pm) or late (after 1:30 pm) tend to be a little bit better.

The Best Laksa in Sydney - Malay Chinese Takeaway
The Best Laksa in Sydney – Malay Chinese Takeaway

So what makes the malay-chinese takeaway laksa so good?!


The broth is super tasty and spicy – definitely makes you break a sweat and awkwardly choke on chilli flakes a few times each bowl. I like to judge a laksa by how ‘gritty’ it is – and the Malay Chinese Takeaway laksa is right up there…

It’s simple.

When there is grit – you know the soup is going to be tasty.


If you have had a laksa that tastes like plain coconut milk and chilli – you’ll know what I’m talking about! I bet the bowl is clean afterwards.

Malay-Chinese Takeaway is also one of the most consistent restaurants I have been to. It’s probably coming close to 20 years and the laksa is still basically exactly the same is always.

They never have off-days and have a reliable and stable team, so if one person was off sick, the laksa can still go on without them. That is pretty damn impressive…

Would it be better if it came standard with hokkien noodles in the mix? I think so – but it is still awesome and the one to beat.

If you haven’t been to Malay-Chinese Takeaway for their laksa – get down there and let me know what you think!

Malay-Chinese Takeaway - still making one of the best laksas in Sydney!
Malay-Chinese Takeaway – still making one of the best laksas in Sydney!

Current Ranking: 1st

Last Eaten: March 2016

Price for Chicken Laksa: $9.70

Laksa varieties: Chicken / Skinless Chicken / Drumstick Chicken / Prawn / King Prawn / Beancurd / Seafood / Chicken and Prawn

Chilli: Hot

Find Malay-Chinese Takeaway:

See the full list of all the currently ranked laksa in Sydney.

If you agree with me or don’t – let me know in the comments below!

12 thoughts on “Malay-Chinese Takeaway – The Best Laksa in Sydney”

  1. Hi there,

    I’d be interested in your opinion of the Laksa at Lotus Story Cafe. It’s located right near broadway shopping centre on Smail Street.


  2. I just went to Malay-Chinese Takeaway for the first time today for lunch!!!

    I totally agree with your blog that Malay-Chinese Takeaway IS The Best Laksa in Sydney!!! The queue is now ridiculous but true testament to the quality of Laksa made here.

    I will now work through your list, however I was surprised that May’s Laksa House in North Sydney did not feature in your Blog. I love their Laksa and ate their regularly when I worked on that side of the harbour.

    Thanks for your Blog!



    1. Hey Ricardo, no worries at all – I was starting to have better luck later in the day at MCT (e.g. 1:30pm) as I think everyone started going there at 12 in the last few years… Maybe brunch laksas are in order?!

      Will try and check out May’s in North Sydney though I don’t get there that often for lunch. Will post up a review if I do get across the bridge.


  3. Hello,

    Just read your blog and just wondering what do you mean by a “gritty” laksa?? Also do you know if the laksa’s you have rated use fresh paste or store bought and can you tell the difference?


    1. Hey Graham,

      Awesome question and since a home made paste has basically the same ingredients to some of the better ‘store bought’ pastes – I am sure even I would get tricked sometimes. The paste actually is probably one of the main elements though of what makes a ‘gritty laksa’. Some of the more authentic laksas will have more shrimp / belachan which is usually the main part of the grit. It definitely isn’t a perfect test – but usually if you have a lot of debris and leftover bits of sambal in your bowl, there is a good chance they made the paste from scratch. If it is really authentic then there’ll be bigger chunks from the chef using a mortar and pestle instead of a finer paste. You can also get extra lemongrass and ginger fibre usually in fresh laksas.

      The two main ways I would pick a fresh vs store bought laksa by flavour would be freshness- e.g. herbs / fresh chilli / lemongrass / coriander and then the depth of the broth flavour. Store bought pastes taste a bit one dimensional with salt and chilli being the main flavours – when a proper laksa has a shit tonne of stuff going on!

      Happy laksa eating.

  4. Beautiful laksa in industrial area of Rydalmere.
    Check out Euston St Cafe.
    6 Euston St, Rydalmere
    Personally I think it the best out West.
    From a Malay Chinese person who just loves Laksa!!

    1. Hey Victor, awesome of you to stop by and let me know about a new place I’ve never come across…

      I’ll have to go check it out, not sure when I’ll be around Rydalmere but I’ll do my best since you have recommended it.

      What Malay Chinese person doesn’t love laksa!?

  5. Just had chicken/prawn laksa at malay chinese takeaway
    Spectacularly mediocre
    Downstairs dixon st food hall kills it stone dead

    1. Hey David, thanks for stopping by and interesting you had a bad bowl at MCT. Will have to check out Dixon St – which particular place, is this somewhere in Eating World foodcourt?


      1. make that three laksa freaks.I,m from out of town so will get my spys to check which food hall
        It is the one on the left from the haymarket end of dixon st down stairs and on the 1st corner
        the stall holder is one or two up from the japanese stall which is I think 1st on left as you enter down the stair.
        Give it a whirl.

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