The cooler weather has us craving all sorts of hot soups, and it doesn't get any more comforting than laksa. Its origins are complex (and have even been the subject of controversy), but today, it's popular across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, with each country and their regions having their own distinctive style of the dish.
In general, you can expect a noodle soup (noodle options include rice vermicelli and thicker "laksa noodles") with a soup base that's as rich as it is packed with an aromatic punch. Some versions have coconut milk, while others use a base of seafood and/or chicken broth—plus different toppings (ex. shrimp, fish balls, chicken, egg, and/or bean curd puffs) and some condiment (sambal belacan, otak udang, and the like). If you're looking to get your laksa fix in Manila, you're in for a treat as we've rounded up restaurants and online sellers that make great versions of different styles. And yup, you can get them delivered!
Get your laksa and laksa kit fix from these restaurants and online sellers:
The Grid's resident Southeast Asian stall Babu makes a mean Classic Laksa (P395) with prawns, squid, fishcakes, tofu, and a boiled egg in a bold coconut-curry soup base. They also make a Chicken Laksa (P345) with Hainan chicken breast and Premium Laksa (P580) with prawns, squid, scallops, mussels, fish cakes, tofu, and egg—as well as DIY Take Home Laksa Kits in Chicken (P750) and Seafood (P840) versions. You can easily place your orders via The Grid's website.
Bugis Singapore Street Food
Bugis brings Singaporean favorites to our shores, and among the dishes they're best known for is their Singapore Laksa (P250). Here, rice noodles, eight assorted balls, beansprouts, and a hard-boiled egg in a heady coconut-based soup make for hearty sips. You can send them a message on social media for orders.
High Street Cafe
When at Shangri-La at the Fort, a meal at High Street Cafe is a must. They're known for serving up eats from different cuisines, but in particular, they're hailed for their Laksarap, which you can order as a DIY kit (P450). It's got everything you need to make a killer bowl of laksa: their signature broth—which has a great balance of a lush mouthfeel and a punchy, spiced flavor; pre-cooked noodles; and an assortment of toppings (bean sprouts, bok choy, prawns, squid rings, and fish balls). Go ahead and place your orders via Shangri-La at the Fort's website, by giving them a call, or by sending them a Facebook or Instagram message.
Chef Nicco Santos and Quenee Vilar's Southeast Asian online food shop Sambar celebrated their first anniversary in late May by introducing a most luxurious take on laksa: the Lobster Laksa Lemak (P995), a collaboration with lobster-roll shop Bun Appetit with succulent steamed Maine lobster claws atop a savory soup that packs in tons of umami from fresh shrimp heads, coconut milk, and their own home-style "curry" paste. Completing the bowl are fresh QQ wheat noodles, fried tofu, bean sprouts, and sliced Japanese cucumbers. Yup, they went there. Alternatively, they also make a delicious Shrimp Laksa Lemak (P575). You can send them a DM to try these dishes for yourself.
For orders, send a message to Sambar's Instagram page.
It's all about Singaporean classics at Nanyang, and you don't want to miss their Laksa (P268), which draws you in with the aroma of shrimp and curry and has you stay for its array of toppings—including hard-boiled egg, fish cakes, tofu skin, thick white vermicelli noodles, and your choice of fish balls or prawn (we're huge fans of the latter!). Nanyang is conveniently on GrabFood, Foodpanda, and Pickaroo, but you can also place your orders through their website.
Thomson Road Kitchen
You can get all sorts of ready-to-heat Asian eats and meal kits at Thomson Road Kitchen, including the Laksa Kit (P580/good for two to three). This bestselling dish is made from scratch with three kinds of fresh chilis, different herbs and spices, shrimp, and coconut cream for a full-bodied, comforting flavor. Simply head over to their website to get your own kit.
Hailing from Malaysia is Limapulo (a.k.a. Lima Pulo: Baba Can Cook), whose laksa has been awarded the Best Curry Laksa in the Klang Valley in Malaysian publication The Star People's Food Awards. The good news is that they opened their own Philippine outpost in 2020, so you can try the Nyonya Laksa (P199) for yourself! It's the kind that's fragrant and potent with flavor, with a thick broth cradling bihon and noodles, shredded chicken, fried bean curd, julienned cucumbers, a boiled egg, bean sprouts, fish balls, calamansi, and sambal paste. You can find them on Foodpanda for deliveries.
For orders, find Limapulo PH on Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Aside from Cantonese fare, Tao Yuan also serves Singaporean dishes, like the Singapore Laksa (P500/small). It's rich, aromatic, and brimming with fish balls, prawns, fried bean curd, and egg. You can give them a call to place an order, and book a courier for delivery.
Hawker Hainanese Chicken
Don't just stop at Hawker Hainanese Chicken's Hainanese chicken rice; their Singaporean Laksa (P295/solo, P1,100/family) is very well worth a try too. It's made extra flavorful with their own homemade laksa paste, which gives it that soulful taste that'll transport you straight to Lion City. Simply find them on GrabFood or give them a call to get your fix.
Love Singaporean hawker eats? Be sure to check out Shiok Shiok. On chilly nights, their Shiok Laksa (P295) will warm you up with its combo of vermicelli noodles, assorted fish balls, egg, and tofu puffs in a rich curry-coconut milk soup. They're conveniently on GrabFood, or you can give them a call to place an order.
The Common Good - All Day Dining
I'M Hotel's resident dining spot The Common Good - All Day Dining makes a Laksa Kit that's complete with all the essentials—a laksa soup base, sambal chili paste, special Singaporean rice noodles, tiger prawns, tofu, boiled eggs, bean sprouts, and even fresh laksa leaves from their own garden—so you get a mix of umami, herby, spicy, crisp, chewy, and velvety in each slurp and chopstick-ful. They also use spices and aromatics imported from Singapore, so you know the flavor you get is the real deal. This is available for orders under the "Offers" section of their website.