Let Them Eat Laksa
There is something oddly satisfying about a bowl of laksa. Described as the love child of Indian curries and Chinese noodle soups, a bowl of laksa can clear any gloomy day. It is sweet, spicy and fragrant with hot broth, chewy noodles and various garnishes. If you are looking for a great bowl of laksa in the city, go to Lao Hoe in Glodok. This place is located in zigzagging alleyways crowded with people and street vendors selling fruits and traditional pastries.
If you see a lot of old people, do not be surprised because Lao Hoe means “old people”, or “elderly”. The laksa served at Lao Hoe might not be the best looking laksa you will have in your life, but it has a distinctive flavor with thick gravy and a sharp aroma of basil leaves. It is rich and acidic but also very dynamic.
At Lao Hoe, the food is made fresh. Linda Aliadi, the restaurant owner, said the restaurant only uses local fresh ingredients. She added that the key to her laksa lay in the broth. To make the perfect broth, Linda uses ingredients that are also used to make fried chicken: turmeric, nutmeg and minced onion, mixed with water and coconut milk.
Aside from serving laksa and mie belitong, Lao Hoe also serves blood sausage, fried chicken, coffee and various tempting fritters such as fried jackfruit, taro, comro, banana and cassava. Don’t come on Thursdays though; it’s their day off.
Jalan Pancoran No. 5 Tamansari, Jakarta
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