Aunt Christina’s Sarawak Laksa, Bangsar

Any Sarawakian will tell you that Sarawak Laksa is not like any other laksa, even if it’s commonly mistaken as curry laksa. Apart from the mee kolok, Sarawak laksa is the next state favourite. Decent Sarawak laksa is not easy to find outside the state and it’s thanks to this elusive laksa paste which makeths the dish. I truly believe that the paste, a mixture of shallots, lemon grass, galangal, garlic, coriander seeds, dried chilli and about 20 other herbs and spices is the secret to this dish. Most Sarawakians swear by the Swallow brand. Heh.

Anyway, word has it that the best Sarawak laksa in town is in Bangsar. And no, I am not talking about Alexis. Instead, it’s at a corner lot chinese coffeeshop in Lucky Garden and prepared by a lady who goes by the name of “Aunt Christina”. Featured in many newspapers and food blogs, it has even on appeared on TV. I remember eating it when I first came to KL and was so homesick that any Sarawak Laksa would have sufficed. But it has been years since I went back and after having cravings for it, decided to head over there with a fellow Sarawakian.

We started off with the Hakka Abacus Beads (算盘子), which are button-shaped yam balls resembling a Chinese abacus’s beads. The dough is mixed with mashed yam (though I suspect the purple here is created by food colouring) before being boiled and stir-fried with minced meat, dried shrimps etc. I guess one can call it Chinese gnocchi. Hehe. Their version is slightly chewy and a tad on the salty and peppery side. But it does make for a good snack though.

The Sarawak laksa. Coarse vermicelli topped with bean sprouts, shredded egg omelette, chicken strips and prawns. Squeeze some lime juice into the side serving of red chilli paste and stir everything in and you’re ready to tuck in. The broth is really as close as it gets to those you can get in Sarawak (or my hometown at least) and for the moment, I am satiated and satisfied.

On weekend mornings, a pushcart selling popiah is also seen next to the coffeeshop. As they were doing brisk business, decided to get a portion too to try. Thin skin but didn’t like how loosely wrapped the ingredients were. But tasted quite decent.

As Aunt Christina also serves some of my other favourites, such as the kacangma (益母草), and the peppery pork stomach soup etc, I am definitely going to be coming back whenever I’m in the vicinity. 🙂

Aunt Christina’s Sarawak Laksa
Kedai Makanan Nam Chuan
2-4 Lorong Ara Kiri
Lucky Garden
Closed Wednesdays.

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  1. J2Kfm said

    oh you’re from Swak?!
    haha … coincidentally we’re blogging bout the same place on the same day!

    oh, i’m supposed to stir in the sambal and all?! hehe … and i was wondering what to dip into it. =P

    epicuriousgirl says: yes, sarawakian girl here. i normally stir in the sambal lah, need the additional fiery kick! hehe.

  2. mimi said

    Hope the pretty purple colour of the “abacus” not because of the colouring 😦

    epicuriousgirl says: i hope so too! but I think if no colouring, won’t be this purple also.

  3. Simon Seow said

    I tried the Sarawak Laksa and Abacus but not the po piah, one person cannot finish. My review here.

    epicuriousgirl says: glad to read that you enjoyed the laksa too. yeah, this was shared bet. me & a friend. 🙂

  4. cariso said

    I love sarawak laksa! Your title caught my attention immediately! I couldn’t find any in Penang now. *laksa shack doesn’t qualified at all lah , agree?!*

    epicuriousgirl says: nope, laksa shack definitely doesn’t count! hehe

  5. cumi&ciki said

    just read about ths post! it must be a sign to go eat!

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, yeah coincidental or what? 🙂

  6. headsteadi said

    hey, we should meet up for breakfast at Aunt Christina’s 🙂

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, yeah 🙂

  7. prue said

    (woot) !! mean it’s reammy got the sarawak laksa smell???

    sllrrpp… I wanna try~!!!
    i tried once at midvalley one , also got sarawak laksa feel.!!
    I miss sarawak laksaaaaa…..

  8. i always visit food blogs because i always like to do some home cooked meals *’`

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