Written by on 24/10/2019


Darwin locals and visitors alike are no strangers to steaming bowls of laksa, a particularly fragrant, sweet-sour Southeast Asian noodle soup. Australia’s northernmost capital city has been dubbed (by us!) the laksa capital of Australia for good reason – it is, after all, closer to Jakarta than to Sydney, boasts a history of Southeast Asian immigration, and this year for the first time, it’s playing host to an International Laksa Festival.

In what could be the pinnacle in Darwin’s laksa obsession, this trail kicks-off at the Chung Was Society sporting club from today (October 24). The festival kicks-off with a laksa-making competition (which, for the average Darwinian, translates to downing A LOT of laksa in the space of one month), open to any restaurant, eatery or smallholder from the Darwin, Palmerston and rural areas. 

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