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This is why Darwin is the laksa capital of Australia

In the Australian imagination, Darwin is synonymous with Sunkist-orange sunsets, river-fresh barramundi and waterfront markets selling an A-Z of tropical fruit. But increasingly, the Top End capital, which is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney, is also shorthand for laksa.

Here, the much-loved soup — which originated with the Peranakans, the Chinese traders who settled in coastal Indonesia and Malacca and combined noodles with local staples like chillies and coconut milk — has become something of a culinary emblem.

Google ‘Darwin Laksa’ and you’ll find a roll-call of local food bloggers debating the provenance of the city’s best laksa. In January last year, this quest made the front page of the NT News, in a break from the tabloid’s crocodile-related programming.

For more information on where to find Darwin’s best laksa’s head to the SBS website