Posts Tagged: glen waverley

Laksa King: Glen Waverley

This is actually something like take five, we’ve been to Laksa King several times already, I’ve just been really lazy or forgotten to take pictures each time. It’s kind of a convenient, reliable source of tasty food, so you know where this review is going.

Laksa King: Chicken Curry Laksa

Laksa King: Chicken Curry Laksa

We’ve tried quite a few different dishes but I’ve only got a couple pictures here, maybe the food just makes me want to eat and forget to take pics. That’s a good thing, but I did make sure to include a picture of curry laksa as that is what they’re famous for.

Curry Laksa

Emmy has ordered the seafood curry laksa and I’ve had the chicken (a few times), I’m too stingy to get the seafood but am always happy to indulge myself in a curry laksa. It’s a big serve and the there’s plenty of meat if that’s your thing. The curry broth (?) is yummy but not too spicy, it has a nice texture, not too thick, and not too watery. I haven’t been to the original in Kensington so I can’t compare, but I can’t fault this one either.

Char Kuay Teow

Laksa King: Fried Kuay Teow

Laksa King: Fried Kuay Teow

This is another signature Malaysian dish, maybe my favourite, it’s fried rice noodle with meat and vegetables, usually a bit spicy (aren’t they all?), and generally comes with seafood or meat options. This one was looking a little brown, it didn’t come with many vegetables so I’d rate it a bit lower.

We’ve also tried the five spice deep fried chicken and rice, and bakuteh (something like that). The chicken is a winner, plenty of yummy, crispy meat in that one, just the right spiciness and taste. The bakuteh which is some kind of herbal meat soup, has good flavour but is just so meaty that it kind of turns you off after a few bites. We also probably tried the fried rice (or nasi goreng) which I can’t remember, so maybe that speaks for itself.

There are other things on the menu that are probably worth a try, just look around and see what other people are ordering, you might see something you like if the menu has too many options.

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Shira Nui – Sushi Bar

Welcome to the monthly dtraCorp post (that’s what it seems like any way), we went to Shira Nui last week for Em’s birthday as part of what has now become an annual tradition (Japanese on Em’s birthday). Shira Nui is a sushi bar in Glen Waverley, a south eastern suburb of Melbourne, it’s widely known as a Chinese hub, but this Japanese restaurant has certainly made a name for itself. I’m not really a foodie so don’t expect me to lay on the big terms to describe the food, but I do have pictures (it was Em’s birthday so that’s my excuse) of all the dishes and can remember how most of them tasted. We had heard about omakase which is when you eat sushi with no set menu (well, probably the chef has a set menu in his head), and you sit there and wait for the chef to serve you the dishes. So we sat at the counter and waited to be served, the sushi comes out thick and fast, everyone getting the omakase gets the same stuff so you can get a preview of what you’re going to get if you so wish. Some of the sushi came with a squeeze of lemon (the chef did it, we weren’t given any) which I thought was a really good touch, I don’t think I’ve ever had that before and was thinking it would be on all the sushi or at least all the fish sushi, alas, it was not to be.

  • Pickled Starter
    Pickled Starter, nothing special about this one, a little bit of fried pork under the pickled stuff.
  • Cod (or cuttlefish)
    Cod (or cuttlefish), the chef did an awesome Japanese accent (he is Japanese after all) so I couldn't tell whether he was saying cod fish, or cuttlefish (it wasn't chewy as I would expect cuttlefish to be that's why I lean towards cod), in any event, super smooth and tender, and with a splash of lemon, c'est magnifique!
  • Salmon
    Salmon, seared on one side with a blow torch (cooked sushi!), with a splash of lemon which I think is a great touch, yum!
  • Pike
    Pike, again seared with a blow torch on one side, this one eat with soy sauce.
  • Barbecue Beef
    Barbecue Beef, so tender and soft, really yummy.
  • Clam
    Clam is a bit chewy it turns out, pretty good.
  • Tuna Steak
    Tuna Steak, seared on one side again, soft and tender as expected, yum.
  • Ocean Trout
    Ocean Trout, still can't tell the difference between this and salmon, so yum!
  • Kingfish Baby
    Kingfish Baby, in the minority as uncooked sushi, yum.
  • Oyster
    Oyster, this one we thought was a bit rich, had a creamy sauce which I thought was a bit salty, the oyster was perfect though.
  • Sea Urchin
    Sea Urchin, I think it was frozen or certainly chilled, has such a strange texture, I'm not a big fan of sea urchin.
  • Mango Parfait
    Mango Parfait, tropical iced cream and fruit, I couldn't taste any mango, it had cheesecake in it, I'm still not 100% sure we got the dessert we ordered, but they did ask us if we ordered the dessert special, maybe I misheard what the special was.

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