Whether you’re looking for a warming hug-in-a-bowl during winter or something piquant to open up your appetite in summer, a good Laksa always does the job. Laksa is definitely one of my most favourite noodle soups and, lucky enough, London has quite a few great halal laksa options to offer!
If you haven’t had a laksa before, laksa is a spicy noodle soup that originated in Malaysia and Singapore. It is served with either egg noodles, rice vermicelli, or a mix of both! Typical laksa toppings include prawns and/or chicken. A laksa is usually spicy, tangy, and coconut-y, though flavours vary depending on the style and variation.
Check out my list of the best halal laksa in London:
I have posted about Normah’s many times now and when it comes to looking for the best laksas in London, it’s firmly my favourite one and holds the top spot on the list. Normah’s laksa wins all with its authentic homely touch. I order the curry laksa every single time plus a side of roti. It’s also one of the best value restaurants in London, if not the very best. A bowl of laksa and a side of roti cost only a tenner and it guarantees an exquisite journey to the palate.
Once again, I couldn’t recommend Normah’s enough!
Halal status: Everything is halal at Normah’s
From humble street food stall beginnings to restaurant pop-ups to now a permanent site, Sambal Shiok has been a very popular spot for offering one of the top laksas in London.
If you’re looking for a good hit of spice, Sambal Shiok‘s laksa can deliver that (you can even ask for extra hot). Choose from their signature laksa, Assam laksa, or even a vegan laksa option. In addition, they also offer some terrific Malaysian-style fried chicken and gado-gado salad to satisfy your Malaysian cravings.
Location: Holloway Road
Halal status: All meats are halal at Sambal Shiok. Alcohol present.
If you’re looking to sample through different regional styles of laksa in London, Laksamania offers a really good selection to choose from. Its menu offers a range of laksa styles such as Ipoh style, Singaporean style, Assam style, Nyonya style, etc.
My go-to is either the Singaporean curry laksa or the Signature Tiger Prawn one. Both of them have been consistently good at every visit so far and they come in great portions. All options on the laksa menu are halal-friendly with one exception where pork is involved as a topping – you can ask the staff to swap it with chicken.
Location: Tottenham Court Road
Halal status: Chicken is halal at Laksamania. Alcohol present.
Longstanding a popular halal Malaysian & Singaporean restaurant in Chinatown, Rasa Sayang offers an excellent range of traditional hawker-style dishes, including the Raffles Singapore Laksa. Flavours are on the milder end for Rasa Sayang’s laksa, but it’s still a decent one and its generous portions certainly make up for it.
Halal status: All meats served are halal at Rasa Sayang. Alcohol present.
Old Chang Kee
Old Chang Kee is famous for its Singaporean curry puffs but they also do a decent bowl of laksa! It’s especially ideal if you’re looking for a quick bite around either Covent Garden or Fitzrovia. What you can expect is a fragrant, creamy laksa soup base, with the tofu puffs soaking up the flavours and topped with prawns, beansprouts, egg, etc. Last but not least, don’t forget to get a curry puff with it too!
Location: Covent Garden or Fitzrovia
Halal status: All meats served are halal at Old Chang Kee
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