Thursday, December 16, 2010

Assam Laksa


It's a sour-spicy gravy/broth based noodle dish. The usual noodle for assam laksa; none other than the thick rice noodles, also known as Laksa noodles. That said, I somehow prefer mee hoon. It doesn't really matter which type of noodles because the gravy/broth is the main star for the awesomeness. While sardine or mackerel is strongly suggested, see what's available over at your side.

Let's also not forget about perfecting the taste with a scoop of otak udang/shrimp paste; mixed inside the broth before slurping. Come, come; join my journey on how to prepare assam laksa.
Ingredients:
8 medium size sardine fish
Laksa noodles (as needed or any other choice of noodles)
2 asam keping/dried tamarind
3 stalks of daun kesum/Vietnamese mint or laksa mint (pluck the leaves out)
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the chili paste (ground/blend)
10-15 dried red chillies
1 lemongrass
4 shallots
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste

For Garnishing/Topping
1 red onion (sliced)
1 bunga kantan/ginger bud
2 red chillies
1/4 cucumber
2 stalks mint leaves
Otak-otak/ready-made shrimp paste
**All ingredients to be sliced thinly except for mint, just pluck the leaves out.
Method:
Simmer fish in 1 litre of water.
Once cooked, remove and let it cool down.
Also strain the stock and pour back in the pot.
Pull out all the fish flesh carefully without any bones.
Add back the flesh/pieces into stock
Add blended/grounded paste, tamarind pieces, salt and daun kesum.
Simmer broth over low heat till heated through or to a boiling point. 
To Serve
Assemble noodles in a bowl; top with garnishing ingredients. 
Pour gravy/broth over.
Serve with a scoop of otak udang/shrimp paste.
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3 comments:

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing, certainly will try when I am at Melaka.

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  3. i must visit regularly ur blog to try recipes vch r hubby favorite,who is a chinese food lover..:)

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