Sunday, 6 December 2015
Pasar Kia Laksa Johor Bahru Taman Daya 巴沙仔叻沙 JK1325
Stumbled upon this sharp looking curry laksa while food spotting at Taman Daya in the evening.
The curry laksa came from this little stall that looked like those at Meldrum Walk in downtown Johor Bahru. (The back lane stalls behind Jalan Wong Ah Fook.)
The stall owner Ah Yong used to operate his curry laksa stall at JB's Pasar Kia 巴沙仔 since 1987 until the area was redeveloped to make way for the current CIQ Complex. Ah Yong had to relocate his curry laksa stall in 2004 and finally settled in Taman Daya where he is today.
Mr Yong's curry laksa is the same traditional Johor Bahru style which is loaded with toppings and chopped daun kesum.
There is crispy mildly savoury fried bean curd skin.
Fresh cockles (see hum).
Fried fish balls.
Spongy fried tofu with fish stuffing.
My usual order is yellow noodles and bee hoon in the curry laksa. Yellow noodle because I like it's flavour and texture, and bee hoon because rice vermicelli does the best job of soaking up the curry laksa broth.
The most memorable thing about Mr Yong's curry laksa is his laksa broth. The curry laksa has good medium body - it has a mildly savoury base holding together slightly spicy hot flavours. There is also a slight taste of anchovies and crustacean flavours from dried shrimps. A bit of coconut milk adds a little sweetness to the spiced broth. The curry broth is made with 25 ingredients cooked over alternating slow fire and high heat which Ah Yong mastered over 28 years of running the laksa stall.
I drank up the whole bowl of Ah Yong's curry laksa broth and followed up immediately with a second large bowl which I also finished :-D
->> Great curry laksa broth made by a dedicated hawker.
Restaurant name: Pasar Kia Laksa stall 巴沙仔叻沙
Address: Stall at Restoran NB3 美丰味美食中心 #1/3/5, Jalan Sagu 10, Taman Daya, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100
GPS: 1.544269, 103.763781
Hours: 3:00pm to 10:00pm (closed on Weds)
Date visited: 5 Dec 2015
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