Temasek has been on my list of laksa to try for a long time and had been recommended by friends, family and laksa fans. I don’t get to Parramatta much and the last time I tried to go there it was closed for the Christmas / New Year break so I’ve been meaning to get there for years.
It’s in the centre of Parramatta down a little alley off George St and over the years has become popular enough to take over additional seating space in the shop opposite.
The laksa is one of the priciest bowls in Sydney – with a chicken laksa setting you back around $18… I’m guessing this is largely due to the huge amount of chicken that is expertly-poached and at least double the volume of your average serve.
Unfortunately for us, they had run out of Sambal today – on the plus side, we decided this was a good sign that they would only be happy serving their own homemade sambal and weren’t going to substitute anything from the asian grocery down the road…
The soup is one of the grittiest I’ve had for a long time – rich and complex in flavour and it is definitely on the thick side. Looking at the bowl after finishing is a great indicator for a made-from-scratch laksa paste where they care more about quality and using fresh ground ingredients than concentrates or dried versions.
As for the soup – it is rich with coconut (not cows milk like some places we suspect) and probably on the edge between soup and curry – any thicker and I would be thinking they need to balance it out, but it is just on the right side.
So how does Temasek stack up after all of this? It has to be one of the priciest laksa options around – virtually double the price of some alternatives but I’d recommend you go there if you haven’t yet! They definitely need to plan better with their sambal supply and I think should make their base laksa spicier, but it is an awesome example of a curry laksa in Sydney – especially if you like your laksa broth on the thick side. I’ll be going back again for sure and wish they had an outlet in the CBD.
Here is one last pic for good measure.
Current Ranking: 4th
Last Eaten: February 2016
Price for Chicken Laksa: $17.80
Laksa varieties: Chicken / Prawn / Seafood / Vegetables / Chicken & Prawn