The Darwin Laksa Festival ‘inspired by’ entries you MUST try…

Have you really tried Darwin’s best laksa if you haven’t tried these ‘inspired by’ dishes?

We’ve picked some our favourites from all the entrants in this year’s Darwin Laksa Festival for their flavour and their innovation – and some have even come back as crowd favourites from last year!

A laksa spud from The Potato Man enjoyed on the beach at Nightcliff

Laksa Baked Potato

We weren’t sure about how this one would go down but it’s proven to be one of our faves… the Potato Man does a freshly baked spud swimming in laksa soup and topped with shredded chicken, tofu, bean shoots, peanuts, coriander… DELISH!

Seafood Laksa Spaghetti

If you’re looking for something Italian/Asian fusion, have a crack at the pasta from beautiful waterfront venue Bella Darwin – the laksa spaghetti!! It’s got mussels, clams, prawns and house made spaghetti… in laksa soup of course!

Laksa Inspired Ice Cream

Golden Bowl Sundae – sounds delish, right? At Cold Rock Darwin You can get a scoop of lime & a scoop of lemongrass sorbet, coconut ice cream, salted caramel ice cream and peanut butter ice cream AND THEN served with crunchy noodles and chilli flakes, and topped with a laksa infused marshmallow – all made here in Darwin!

Laksa Sausage

Yep – you read that right! After a really successful laksa pork sausage last year, the Fannie Bay Gourmet Meats team have risen to the challenge in 2021 with a chicken laksa sausage – and they are an absolute hit!!

Laksa Cob Loaf

If you venture to Cossie’s Poolside Bar and Bistro at the Airport Resort, you’ll find a twist on two classics… the laksa cob loaf! Another popular one from last years festival, it’s only $20 and available all month!

Crispy Fried Laksa Chicken Burger

This one is also honestly something that we are so glad stays on the menu (on Friday’s – since last laksa festival!) A crispy chicken burger with condiments and sauce of a laksa… it’s a beautiful combo!!

Chicken Laksa Burger from Besser

Laksa Cocktail

For the place with a story behind every ingredient – Phat Mango have certainly done that with this cocktail. The Monsoon Laksa cocktail is inspired by the full flavours of a laksa, but with a Phat Mango twist.

Monsoon Laksa Cocktail from Phat Mango

Like what you see? If you’ve tried any of these dishes, make sure you vote on the Laksa Fest App!

And to join in on all the action, make sure you get down to the Laksa Festival on the 28th of November, on the Laksa Lawns, opposite Parliament House!

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