• Charles Pludthura

Destination Dining: The Chicken Laksa at Selera

So good even noodle and soup haters like it.

To me, you can tell the depth of flavour and down-right umptuousness of a traditional curry laksa purely through the colour of the broth. Selera's version (much like it's sister restaurant Mama Rich Cafe in Greenlane) is the stuff my dreams (and that of many other Aucklanders) are made of. In this case, the colour of a flaming sunset.

Selera's Laksa has been talked about ad nauseum for several years now. And even with the rise in amazing Malaysian eats in this city (quick sidenote: pound for pound, I would argue that Malaysian restaurants consistently put out the best quality and most authentic ethnic cuisine in the city, definitely amongst the Asian cuisines anyway), it still ranks as the best, perhaps very closely followed by Mamak Takapuna's Sarawak Laksa.

I love everything about this dish. The moist chicken, the tofu puffs, the bean sprouts, the yellow noodles, the little wet morsels of fried shallots, the egg, but really, it comes down to the flavour of that broth. It's a little bit spicy (although no doubt spice wusses will say it is hot), a touch on the salty side, but it's the complexity of ingredients used in their laksa spice paste that is IMHO superior to everyone else's versions. The team at Selera know that, because they haven't deviated from it since word got out years ago that this was a laksa in Auckland to make a pilgrimage to. The only thing they have deviated from is the slow burn on the price. Used to be a cheap eats classic and one could argue that it still is at $15, but you can't blame them to get a bit more coin out of the dish - I mean, it's just so damn good. Like all noodle based soups, you are left with the dilemma of what to do once you've consumed all the noodles and the other bits and pieces. But this one's easy. Dab that flaky roti if you must but let's get real....you need to put the chopsticks and spoon down, grab that bowl with a 2-handed grip and show it who's boss. Slurp that broth baby. Down to the bottom. Leave nothing left. I do anyway.

Keen on checking this dish out? Go to:

Selera, 487 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Selera's Facebook Page

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