Unlike any great (t)art, great cuisine comes from the heart and is fueled by passion.
When well executed, it visualizes a feast for the senses that thrills with promises of yet to come galore and the glory of gumption.
In Malaccan culture, the mixing of different races and spices enables this noblest of efforts to produce miracles in her kitchens,cafes and restaurants.
The ubiquitous Laksa is the off spring of such a local efforts. Do not be surprise to note that such is the potency and flavor of this fusion dish that all the races in Melaka have their own version of it.
From the Malays to the Chitty's to the Chinese, as you traverse the kitchens, the tell-tale sights and smells that wafts through and greets you tell tales of promised gluttony and gobbled savories.
Melaka's Nyonya Laksa in particular is fantabulous if you're searching for an epiphany of visually striking colors, sweltering tongues greedily gobbling the next spoonful of its heaven inducing broth in your food all done with the promise of an early coronary attack.
The seductive, tasty attraction of this piping hot coconut milk laced noodle broth /sauce is legendary.
The laksa is pungent, rich and well flavored from the spices and chilies.
The aroma is super tempting. Once you put it into your mouth,
I don’t know how to describe the taste; the food melts and takes you into heaven.
For the uninitiated, there is a difference between Nyonya laksa and curry laksa.
Nyonya laksa broth is prepared using chicken and prawns, while curry laksa uses chicken stock. The red-orange dotted oil on top of the Nyonya laksa comes from the prawns, which gives the curry a richer and sweeter taste.
Laced with the right amount of local noodles, shredded bunga kantan buds, seafood, other seasonal secret ingredients and spices, this bowl of artery blocking, mouthwatering, eye smarting concoction is a blessing for all those who crave spicy asian fast food.
In Melaka, you can have this broth almost everywhere in town but I prefer the ones specially prepared by the aged aunties and uncles located within the weather beaten lanes and streets fronts off Jalan Bunga Raya in old Melaka (and the food courts located in Bukit Beruang!) as these would be the best flavored and original tasting types.
Though it's true, time has taken its toll on that way of doing business and you hardly see these people anymore but seek and you might be surprised to find them in the oddest little shops within the nook and crannies of the old town; that little old lady hiding behind what looks like a remnant of a 1970's type shop-lot perhaps, with her toothy grin and half past six exclamations; furiously dipping into the steaming pot of broth she prepared lovingly hours earlier, ready to offer you, a complete stranger, a chance in tasting her version of culinary heaven.
Having this Laksa here in this city with an old styled black coffee as a chaser will bring back memories for you (or at least create one if you haven't ever sweltered over a bowl of this tasty & fire alarm inducing bowl of noodles before).