SUTTON | SM1
Laksa has been cropping up more frequently across London thanks to a rise in the popularity of Malaysian food. It has to be one of my favourite dishes in the world, so to see it become more commonplace couldn't make me happier.
The unassuming Noodle House in Sutton is a hidden gem of a restaurant. Mostly frequented as a classic Chinese take away, the real stars are their Malaysian offerings, from satay and nasi lemak, to nasi goreng and desserts.
From this, it's their two laksas that stand out from everything else. There's the more popular Singapore (or curry) laksa, a punchy and spicy mix packed with flavour, and furnished with a whole load of toppings, including fish cake, tofu, fish balls and char siu (chinese roast pork). It's not too hot, but does have a good amount of chilli heat to balance out the sweet and rich coconut milk.
And then there's my personal favourite, the Assam laksa. The broth is made from shredded fish, torch ginger, lemongrass, galangal, tamarind for its distinctive fresh flavour and sourness, and pineapple for its sweetness. Plus lots of fresh mint. It sounds like a crazy mix, but there's a reason the Penang assam laksa is routinely ranked as one of the top dishes in the world.
Local Malaysians flock here on a regular basis for their dose of authentic food. And most of their mains come in at around £7 or less. It's certainly worth a trip.
Words and photography | Ed Tan
333 High Street SM1 1LW
Mon - Sun | 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - 11pm
Tel | +44 (0)20 8770 2121
Last updated | 10th August 2016