Monday, February 24, 2014

Thai Laksa

An avid fan I am of any type of laksa or should we also say curry mee?? (prawn curry mee, home made curry mee, curry mee vegetarian, nyonya curry laksa and instant curry laksa). Well, both of us love the big bold flavours and also because a noodle dish is a complete one bowl meal. Definitely less complicated compared to rice with two or three dishes though the list of ingredients can spill over. And since I have a little herb garden, its actually quite convenient and to save a little money as well but not big money to buy a big bungalow. So the concept generally is pluck and use or see what's growing and creative a new laksa dish.

Thai laksa indeed is big with big bold flavours and Thai laksa I would say is like the Asam Laksa Lemak  - you get that fishy broth, you get the sourness and you get the creamy-spicy flavours and the scent of the herbs. As for the ingredients, kembung or sardine the best, dried tamarind or tamarind juice will do and the herbs - don't compromise. Otherwise Thai laksa becomes plain boring uninteresting laksa. 

For the broth/gravy
8 pieces kembung (small mackerel) - de-gut; leave the head on
1 piece dried tamarind 
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup oil
Salt to taste (taste before adding)

For the laksa paste 
4 dried red chillies
2 fresh red chillies 
1 lemongrass
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste
6 shallots
5 candlenuts/buah keras
1 inch fresh turmeric
** blend/process with some water for a thick paste
To assemble (as needed)
Noodles - blanch to soften 
Thai basil leaves
Kaffir lime/limau purut leaves - shredded
Pineapple cubes
Cucumber stripes
1 bunga kantan/torch ginger bud - slice thinly
Red chillies/bird eye chillies - slice thinly

Simmer fish with 1 litre of water till soft and tender.
Remove from heat; drain stock and keep aside.
Once fish is cool down, remove bones and flake up. 
Add the fish flakes in the stock and keep aside.
Heat oil and fry curry paste till aromatic and oil splits. 
Pour in fish stock, add dried tamarind and season with fish sauce and salt.
Simmer over low heat till broth starts to boil.
Pour in coconut milk. 
Simmer over low heat or warm up again before serving. 
Assemble noodles in bowl with basil leaves, lime leaves, pineapple, cucumber, ginger bud and chillies.
Pour broth over and serve immediately. 
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  1. U come up with such interesting dishes, reading your blog has surely increased my food knowledge
    Keep in touch

  2. Very colorful recipe... Lovely clicks dear...

  3. Laksa is something which has been on my bucket list of 'to cook' things. Your recipe looks wonderful and I think I will take try it on the weekend.

  4. yummy! Looks good and appetising

  5. the presentation!!

  6. Hai, Nava, just got time to visit your blog. Busy this few days, my son was sick with high fever, now flu and cough. Tired. Never try this kind of laksa, here was just limited choice.

  7. So colorful & tempting. Never knew there were so many variation in Laksa.

  8. Whenever I see your recipes, I keep looking at the pictures again and again!! Loved the colors and the pretty picture the laksa makes!!

  9. Looks good. Been really hard to find candle nut here. I will save this recipe and try it one day. Never personally had Thai laksa.

  10. Def wonderful soups are heavenly during these winter months ...Laksa looks awesome with a very beautiful presentation

  11. very interesting, tempting and delicious laksa...

  12. Looking at the ingredients, I can imagine the aroma.

  13. I always love Thai food... N this is going to be my favorite one

  14. Hi Nava, wow, this laksa of yours is so tempting and am already drooling.... You do have some quite interesting and mouth watering laksa!!! Besides the laksa, I like your bowl!! hahahha... Have a nice day and cheers :)

  15. There is nothing as flavourful as a bowl of hot Laksa. We get it everywhere around Sydney but tastes vary from place to place. But overall the blend of spicy, creamy, tangy is always great. These bowls look mouth watering and so colourful. I have to give your recipe a try...if only I could make it as good as yours!

  16. Bold flavours and colours too! Wouldn't I love to dig into that? I have made laksa but without all the ingredients mentioned here...will make this the next time I'm in Delhi...easier to scout around for ingredients there.

  17. I loved this dish.Its looks so yumm and lovely presentation.The colours are just amazing and loved the ingredients.

  18. looks delicious n the pics navi

    my recent one :

  19. I didn't know there was Thai version too! Love the bowl. So inviting

  20. That is indeed a power packed meal with fish,carb green and flavor in one dish.Pics tell me the food is really delicious.

  21. vow.. this looks so yum yum .. loved it :)
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  22. Looks very tempting, so creamy and full of flavors.

  23. Hi Nava, looking at your Thai Laksa, I need 2 bowl, please! Look awesome!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Best regards.


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