As Wairarapa continues to fail me in the provision of Malaysian food, I decided it was time to learn how to cook laksa.
The first experiment went well and the second was good enough that I thought I’d record it to help me iterate from there. I’ll be updating it as I get better at it, and I’m open to suggestions. (I’ve iterated a bit and I’m pretty happy with where this has got to.)
It’s not “authentic” but it was delicious.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 4 tbsp cooking oil (canola)
- 4 heaped tbsp Exotic Foods Thai red curry paste (green is also ok)
- 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower cut into small pieces
- 1 cup broccoli cut into small pieces
- 1 cup capsicum cut into small pieces
- 1 cup button mushrooms cut into quarters
- 3 tsp Sambal Extra Pedas chili sauce (or any other very hot chili)
- 2 litre vegetable stock
- Hefty pinch of salt if required
- 1 stick lemongrass
- 4 tsp crushed ginger (or 2 tsp fresh grated ginger)
- 400ml coconut milk (200ml to reduce the coconutty)
- 500gm fresh noodles
- 250gm fried tofu puffs cut into quarters
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 200gm mung bean sprouts
- 4 spring onions finely sliced (as garnish)
- 4 tbsp dried fried shallots (as garnish)
- Heat up the wok to medium and add the oil.
- Add the curry paste and garlic, and simmer it for a minute or two.
- Add the cauliflower, broccoli and capsicum and cook for couple of minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and chili sauce and cook for another minute or two.
- Add vegetable stock, salt, and lemongrass stick, bring to simmer and cook for another couple of minutes until vegetables are nearly done.
- Add ginger, coconut milk and noodles and return to simmer.
- Finish off by adding lime juice, stir and take off the heat.
- Remove the lemongrass stick.
- Serve into bowls (easiest to serve noodles first with tongs/fork, then the veges/soup with a ladle).
- Divide the bean sprouts, spring onions, and tofu puffs between the bowls, making sure the tofu puffs are both scrupulously fairly divided and properly submerged.
- Top with a sprinkle of dried fried shallots.