Readers agree on curry laksa’s make-it-or-break-it factor

Veteran: Lee Ah Kiu, 74, has been selling curry laksa at the Raja Bot Wet Market for the last 45 years.

THE lines are officially open. From now until March 31, cast your vote for the stall you think deserves the title of ‘Best Curry Laksa’ for The Star People’s Food Awards for the month of March.

Earlier this month, readers sent in their nominations to for their choicest curry laksa eateries.

Currently leading with 82 votes is Special Recipe Restaurant in Wisma Goldhill, Kuala Lumpur, followed by Sisters Curry Laksa (Sun Fatt Kee coffee shop) in Seapark, Petaling Jaya, and Chong Hwa Curry Laksa at Jalan Genting Klang, Kuala Lumpur, with 19 and 17 votes, respectively.

Other nominations include Bliss 33 at USJ, Restaurant Peranakan Place in Nu Sentral, Kedai Kopi 09 at Raja Bot Wet Market in KL, Lum Kee Curry Laksa and Fushou Lou Nyonya Seafood Curry Stall at Section 14 in PJ, and Limapulo at Jalan Doraisamy, KL.

Curry laksa is said to be a unique dish to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The version in Penang is more often known as curry mee, whereas in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, it is called curry laksa.

The ingredients may vary from seafood to chicken, but most will have long beans, beancurd puffs (tau foo pok) and cockles.

We asked our readers what makes the perfect bowl of curry laksa, and found out that there was no ‘standard’ answer.

However, most agree that the broth was the main make-it-or-break-it factor.

“I prefer chicken instead of seafood. The chicken in the soup needs to be tender and soft.”

“Fresh coconut milk and fragrant curry paste, which needs to be sauteed just right for the soup base.”

“Tasty curry with loads of kerang. The cockles are the ‘magic ingredient’, otherwise a bowl of curry laksa will just be regular curry noodles.”

“More vegetables. I like mine with lots of long beans, but I prefer not to have the beansprouts.”

“Thick curry that is not too spicy and not too creamy.”

From March 15 to 31, log on to to vote for your favourite curry laksa shops and stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as hotel stays and dining vouchers.

Those who nominate, vote or successfully share a link are eligible to win.

The Star People’s Food Awards is a monthly contest that recognises the best street food in the Klang Valley.

Every month until May, the public can vote for the best category-based street food such as curry laksa (March) or rojak buah (April).

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