Temasek, Parramatta: Chicken and prawn laksa

Rating: 5 out of 5

Temasek
71 George Street, Parramatta 2150

temasek laksa

I love laksa.  It’s a perfect meal in winter, when it’s cold outside and the creamy chili soup warms you up from the inside out.  And it’s also fantastic in summer, when the creamy chili soup makes you sweat and cools you down from the outside in.  I defy anyone to try a laksa and to hate it when it’s the ultimate in comfort food for a noodle lover.

Temasek is one of Sydney’s “go to” places for lovers of Singaporean and Malaysian food, and people will trek out to the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta for a taste of their famous Hainanese chicken rice, along with the usual favourites such as char kway teow, beef rendang, nasi goreng, and LAKSA!

The service was quick and efficient, and our meals arrived very soon after our waitress took our order.

Our chicken and prawn laksa was laden with big fresh juicy king prawns and lots of juicy tender chicken breast (I normally don’t dig chicken breast due to the high likelihood of it being served on the dry side, but this definitely was not the case at Temasek!), along with a generous serving of both hokkien noodles and rice vermicelli.  There were also some fresh bean sprouts for crunchy texture, chunks of fried tofu that soaks up all the delicious laksa soup like a sponge, and a liberal sprinkling of fried onions on top.  The soup was deliciously thick, creamy and rich, with warm heat of the added chili and a fragrant herby and shrimpy flavour.  My boyfriend said that he would have preferred a thinner style soup, but hey, horses for courses.  Pleasingly, the soup was not too oily either, which can be a common complaint with laksas.

This was a faultess laksa in my opinion, and I would happily drive across town for it.  Although some may snipe at the brusque service, well, it’s an Asian restaurant, not fine dining.

temasek laksa

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Temasek, Parramatta: Char kway teow

Rating: 5 out of 5

Temasek
71 George Street, Parramatta 2150

temasek char kway teow

For me, it’s hard to go past char kway teow on a menu.  Ho fun, or the flat rice noodle, is my favourite type of noodle of all time, and this dish just celebrates it so well.  Eating char kway teow makes me feel like I’m sitting in a hawker stall in Singapore or Malaysia.

Temasek is a Sydney institution for lovers of Singaporean and Malaysian food.  Situated in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta, the restaurant attracts diners from all over Sydney, a mostly Asian crowd that know and love this cuisine.  It’s almost always bursting with eager crowds, so we were surprised when we easily snagged a table at 12:30pm on a Saturday.

The service was quick and efficient, and our meals arrived only a mere 5 minutes or so after our waitress took our order.  Seeing other tables laden with succulent Hainanese chicken rice and creamy laksa, our appetites were definitely thankful for the short wait!

The char kway teow was a glorious combination of soft, elastic ho fun, stir fried with fresh bean sprouts for crunch, big juicy king prawns, sweet Chinese sausage lap cheong, and was flecked with chopped red chilis for some heat and fire (the chilis are optional, but we couldn’t resist!).  There was a slight sweetness to the delicious salty soy sauce flavour and pleasingly, there was no heavy oily feeling in the mouth.  The smokiness of the well seasoned wok can also be tasted in this dish.

Temasek is hands down my nomination for the best char kway teow in Sydney, and on its own, is undoubtedly worth the trek out to Parramatta. Get to it!

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