Malay- Chinese is a Sydney icon in Hunter street that specialises in hawker style Laksas of every kind imaginable. Prawn, Chicken, vegetable, combination etc etc. It also has a bain maree for those that are more into their curries. Chinese favourites are also on the menu board.
But I am here for the Laksa. Apparently it's one of the best in Sydney....or so everyone says.
Straight to the counter and order a vegetable Laksa for $8.70 from the lovely man wearing a baseball cap and that keeps smiling at me . A fair price.
The bowl is filled with the usual deep fried tofu to suck up the juicy soup, crunchy bean sprouts, broccoli,cauliflower, noodles, carrots, English spinach (I think) all in a slighty watery, coconut, oily and bland broth.
I dig in waiting for the flavour explosion that I am promised by others but nothing.... I try again and still all I taste is bland watery and over oily soup. In shock and disappointed I race to the counter and drop the most enormous dollop of chilli sambal into my bowel (with man at counter telling me that I have added too much!) to see if a miracle was going to happen. But sadly no. Even the obligatory runny nose from the chilli heat was not helping my endorphin hit change my opinion.
Spoon by spoon I eat my Laksa in slight disappointed. No richness from the paste either.
I have had hundreds of better ones that this. Not sure why it has been given the title of "Best in Sydney". Perhaps I should have gone for the chicken or Prawn instead. Also , way too much MSG. I found myself thirsty for hours afterwards. I am not a water drinker at the best of times!
Give the place a go anyway. You may get a better batch. Or just don't go for the vegetable one!