Harry Potter and the Bowl of Laksa

Chong Choon Laksa

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2 weeks ago, the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was released. If you don’t know who Harry Potter is, which rock did you hide under? I guess by now most people have watched the movie so it is probably save to talk about it without spoiling it for too many people. This movie is the last piece of entertainment from the series. After 7 books and 8 movies, I definitely hope so. I am sure other books that serves as references to the Harry Potter Universe will come out, but this aren’t for the majority of us.

This franchise has been in our lives for a good 14 years, from 30 June 1997, the year the first book was published till this year when the last movie was released.  If you started reading the book upon publication when you were 10, you would have been 20 by the time you read how Severus loved Lily Potter and at 24 years of age, you would have complained that the movie’s ending wasn’t like the books! We could see that even in the movie franchise, how Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint grew up on screen. They were 11, 12 and 13 respectively when the first movie was released (meaning that they were younger than that when it was shot) and now they are all grown up.


So that is it. No more Harry Potter. No more Hermione Grainger. No more Ron Weasley. No more dining room scene where food magically appears, prepared by house elves first of course. I wonder if they have any Asian food on offer. Must have don’t you think? After all they had Cho Chang and the Patil twins. Surely they had some curry or some Chinese or Korean noodle. I wonder would they have a bowl of laksa somewhere in that huge dining hall. Which Laksa you ask? Sarawak Laksa of course.

Maybe the one that they serve would be just as famous as the boy who lived. If they did, the obvious one would be Chong Choon’s Laksa. Kenny Sia voted it the best Laksa in 2007. With the amount of readers he has, the publicity just made this locally famous stall become renowned outside Kuching. You can see his influence, here, here and here. Furthermore 8Tv did a show on this little shop on Abell road.


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So yeah it’s famous alright but is it good? I always have a slight reservation when going to popular eateries. Sometimes the quality of a stall ends up dropping when the business booms too fast. Sometimes the owner become too arrogant and ends up giving horrid service. Other times the serving size is reduced to increase the profit margin. Luckily I can report that I have not experience any of these failings with Chong Choon.

The laksa here is definitely good. I’m still not convinced it is the best laksa in town, but it is up there with the best. Everything is done well. The gravy is a good balanced. Spicy enough and not too rich. It is not diluted but isn’t overly thick. The prawns are nice and fresh and the bee hoon is cooked to perfection. The only possible complaint is that I would have loved to have a whole lot more. Not because the serving is small, it isn’t. It’s just because it is that good.

But its fame does come with a price. Be prepared to wait when you come here. The plus point is that the shop sells other things for you to munch on while waiting for you bowl of laksa like toast and cha kueh. But like the final chapter to the Harry Potter series, the laksa here is worth the wait.


Extra disclaimer: All Harry Potter logos, trademarks, names, characters, and related indicia are the property of Warner Bros., J. K. Rowling, and/or their respective owners.


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  1. chris, dont think its the best laksa in kuching..last time i was there prawns werent that fresh…maybe it was an off day…reckon golden arch cafe is better..although slight too much coconut cream…

    Comment by erni on 30 July 2011 at 9:59 am

  2. Golden Arch? It has never been on my top 3 laksa. I need to go back there to review it. My preference has always been for the one at Ang Cheng Ho.

    Comment by tummyadmin on 30 July 2011 at 8:48 pm