28 January 2011
Sinma Laksa House ~ Singaporean \ Malaysian - Kingsford
Sinma Laksa House in Kingsford is a Singapore/Malaysian gem we have been driving-by for years.
[UPDATED APRIL 2013]
Sinma Laksa House is perched on the edge of a busy roundabout on Anzac Parade, obscured by trees it's easy to overlook as you drive by.
We visit Sinma Laksa House on an uber hot and sweaty Australia Day. The air-conditioning makes us happy to be old farts not at the Big Day Out. The vibe is cheap and cheerful plus tablecloths. Today it's made extra special by the large tables of extended Singaporean\Malaysian families chatting and chowing down.
Ice Coffee Malayisan style, ie with condensed milk, and Ice Tea Tarek $3.80. The tea (in front) is by far the winner, cold and frothy and not too sweet.
Alison opts for nasi campur, 3 choices from the bainmarie of pleasure plus rice for ($8.50, or $9.50 for three curries). She wisely goes for curry squid, grilled crunchy prawns and tofu and beans. The grilled prawns are cooked and served in the shell, we assume that's the way to eat them. After a lifetime of shelling prawns it's weird to eat them with their jammies on, but the shells are soft with just a little crunch, and the shells keep the flesh moist, it works. You can eat the heads, if you want to... ...the curry has a good flavour and complements the squid rather than overpowering it. There's a generous amount of squeaky bits of sotong (especially the tentacles!). ...and the beans have a distinct belecan (shrimp paste) flavour that ties it in nicely with the other fishy selections.
Hainanese Chicken Rice, around $9. The Hainanese chook is good, moist and tender. It arrives with a light drizzle of soy which gives it some extra flavour, though I do prefer my chook unadorned. The rice is not forgotten and has that 'cooked-in-chicken-stock' flavour we are looking for. The chili has a real vinegar tang to it.
Har Mee - the broth didn't have the big prawn-head kick we are obsessed with but it was still very tasty. Lots of kang kong, thick and thin noodles, pork, prawns, slices of fish cake, small chunks of chicken, dried shallots on top and a googie for good measure. Kind of a United Nations of animals represented in there.
[BACK AGAIN IN APRIL 2013...]
Turnip cake - $10.50. The hawker classic of stirfried hunks shredded radish. This version comes with a few prawns which is much appreciated. This comfort dish is hard to find in Sydney, you can also find it at Alice's Makan in the city.
Nasi lemak - $10.50. We dig the coconut rice which is slightly green which means it must have a touch of pandan, it's fantastic.
Once again the place is buzzing, three-quarters full with happy Singapore/Malaysian folks chatting and chomping on a Sunday afternoon. The vibe is wonderful. We love this place.
Sinma Laksa House is at 391 Anzac Parade Kingsford. Ph 02 9313 7663.
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