After a year of slinging Malaysian and Burmese specialties at pop-ups around the city, Than Lin Regules is now operating Laksa Nola at food hall St. Roch Market in the Marigny.
Named after the fragrant noodle dish, Laksa Nola is the product of Lin’s upbringing in Burma and her years spent in Malaysia, where she first encountered the soup. Typically made with rice noodles and with a sour, sweet, and spicy flavor, laksa has a slightly thicker, grittier broth (or sauce) than other Southeast Asian noodle soups. Also on Laksa Nola’s menu are familiar offerings of shumai and satay, as well as less-recognizable dishes like Omunoodles, Lin’s version of omusoba (a sort of noodle omelette), and Nasi lemak, a rice dish made with coconut milk and pandan leaf.
Lin moved to San Francisco from Malaysia to begin her culinary career, where she was a sushi chef and restaurant owner for four years, after which she moved to New Orleans. Lin decided to focus on Malaysian and Burmese cuisine after having difficulty finding it in the city, and spent the last year popping up at the recently revived Nola Distillery and The Drifter Hotel to serve her Malaysian and Burmese specialties. Indeed, the only other local Burmese food option, the excellent Lahpet, is also a pop-up.
Laksa Nola will follow the Market’s hours, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Check out the opening menu below.
Do you have a hot restaurant tip? Noticed a spot in your neighborhood opening or closing? Send an email.
Looking for restaurant recs or a place to chat about favorite restaurants? Join Eater NOLA’s Facebook group.