As far as I know, the original Sarawak Laksa doesn’t require any element of pork, and thus, a pork free Sarawak Laksa is entirely legit.
But this pork free outlet Salted at the quiet area of Mutiara Damansara does an excellent version of kolo mee too, with chicken and mushrooms!
Purist might beg to differ and only want pork lard in their kolo mee so I’m not going to argue with you on that point if you insist on lard.
For me, this kolo mee (RM 7.50) with chicken and mushrooms was tasty, aromatic and well, as greasy as the original should be.
The portion is huge, the noodles exactly like the original in Kuching and there were plenty of chicken meat so I was really happy with my lunch.
Perhaps the lettuce was a bit out of place, but hey, I’m happy for greens whenever I can get them. There’s a side of homely soup as well.
Taste aside, prices are reasonable for the portions and service is unobtrusive and friendly. WIFI is available, the beverage menu is simple and the dining space is a comfortable enough though there are no air conditioning available.
Salted is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm on weekdays, 10am – 3pm on weekends, unlike the regulars such as Christine (Bangsar), 7th Mile (PJ) and other hawker stalls which may operate for shorter hours.
Face to Face Noodle House outlets is another option for kolo mee and Sarawak Laksa but their menu is not pork-free.
So really, Salted is a convenient choice for your Sarawak Laksa fix.
BELOW: Sarawak Laksa – RM9.90 (original) with 3 prawns!
This is a pretty good value Sarawak Laksa as far as I’m concerned. The gravy was robust, the chilli good and I dug out quite a bit of shredded chicken, omelette as well as beansprouts.
Other reviews online claimed to have cuttlefish too, but I was pretty sure mine didn’t have any.
Anyhow I did post a video of my visit on my Instagram – wackybecky so you can check it out there.
Another dish that I tried was the Mee Jawa (RM8.00).
I am a big fan of mee jawa but this was just “ok“. Mind you, it wasn’t bad but it was just not something I’ll order again considering that both the kolo mee and Sarawak Laksa were much tastier choices for the price.
Beehoon Belacan, another Sarawakian recipe but one’s that is an acquired taste, isn’t commonly available for obvious reasons.
Hardcore fans would be pleased to know that it is available at Salted too.
Thanks to the Salted team for featuring my image.
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Salted used to be a stall inside Zam Zam Cafe & Satay Club near Centrepoint, Bandar Utama.
30-1 Jalan PJU 7/16A,
Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya,
Phone: +60 3-7733 4566
Hours: 10am to 5pm on weekdays
10am – 3pm on weekends