Friday, July 15, 2016

Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa

Call me Ms. Nava, call me Auntie Nava or you can even call me grandma Nava. As you please, anything goes with me. Of course Ms. Nava will make me happy, I like to preserve my youth as long as I can, but the reality is that age has caught up with me. Friends who are already in their fifties are already grandmas, not sure if know if my turn will come. Speaking about daughters, some are still testing the ground, some want to test out as many as they can, some have grabbed the first man who have appeared in front of their eyes, whereas the others, I really don't know what they are waiting for or whether they even know what they want. My age, my 52 years on the other hand has definitely has shown me the way to my cooking. Experience I suppose is the loud drum for getting better in our cooking, I too, trust me, have already achieved quite a milestone. The various dishes of various tastes I have shared are the conclusive facts to sweating in my kitchen (Penang Mee Udang/Penang Prawn Mee, Spaghetti Tom Yum Noodle Soup, Prawn Wanton Noodle Soup, Prawn Mee, Thai Laksa Prawn Curry Mee). Evidently right? I know.  

A whole list of noodle dishes, you name it, I think I have it (Laksam, Asam Laksa, Vietnamese Noodle Soup, Fried Kuey Teow & Thai Fish Noodle Soup). From the vegetarian to the none vegetarian. Lately, its been more of vegetarian considering that my other half-half is a vegetarian on Saturdays. What about me, are you asking? There's no right or wrong food grounds for me. Being a vegetarian won't make me truly diviners, anything goes for me. If I feel I want to be a vegetarian on Saturdays, I will, otherwise its per my wish. Of course, I do automatically cook vegetarian food on Saturdays for my other half-half, but  not necessarily they must be rice alongside side dishes. Every now and then, its a bowl of vegetarian noodle dish like this Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa Nyonya Steam FishNyonya Assam Fish Curry, Nyonya Style Fish Achar & Nyonya Chicken CurryNyonya Curry Laksa and Nyonya Assam Laksa

Enough said I suppose, lets get up, close and personal to Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa now. I reckon its one you can replicate without much hassle, much qualms and within most to most an hour. Packing a major punch of our quintessential Malaysian tastes, if at all you are one of those who pinch my recipes, yet don't want to acknowledge, cheaters I beat won't go far. Best of luck to you (Vegetarian Mee Hoon, Curry Mee Vegetarian, Mee Rojak Vegetarian, Vegetarian Noodle Soup, Mee Rebus Vegetarian, Shanghai Noodles Vegetarian, Mushroom Vegetarian Noodle Soup, Maggi Goreng Mamak Vegetarian, Instant Curry Laksa Vegetarian, Tom Yum Soup Vegetarian & Mee Siam Kuah Vegetarian). 

For the gravy paste
2 lemongrass/serai
1/2 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit
1/2 inch galangal/lengkuas
5 shallots
5 garlic
5 fresh red chillies (or as needed)
4 dried red chillies (or as needed)
**Pulse/blend with some water for a thick paste
Other ingredients
2 to 3 cups vegetable stock
1 Chinese brinjal (cut into two and slice)
1 packet tofu pok (sliced)
1 cup thick coconut milk
Some mint leaves (for garnishing)
Some basil leaves (for garnishing)
Mee Hoon (or any type of noodles) - blanch to soften
1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste

Heat oil.
Fry gravy paste over low heat till aromatic and oil splits.
Pour 2 cups of stock (or more for more gravy) and brinjal.
Season with salt.
Simmer and cook to soften brinjal.
Add tofu pok and pour coconut milk.
Meanwhile, assemble noodles with mint leaves and basil leaves.
Pour gravy over and serve immediately.

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  1. This is delicious and easy to make.. i am more of a vegetarian and wud love to try this one.. Thanks fr the recipe

  2. lol u r too posh to try simplicity...but thx for the comment.....r u in srilanka/malayasia

  3. Nice recipe Navneetham...pic is temptg i must say

  4. Tofu and coconut great combo I bet very delicious.

  5. love this curry.. being a vegetarian, this will be my cup of tea.. will try this for sure:)

  6. Looks so delicious..really tempting

  7. Hi Nava, your vegetarian laksa look so inviting. I would love to have 2 bowls please. :)) So far all your laksa, curry mee.... all so yummylicious lah.

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

  8. Looks so yum! Bookmarked it Nava will try for sure

  9. Gravy looks rich and delicious. Yummy :)

  10. A wholesome dish...that looks amazing!

  11. Mouthwatering vegetarian recipe..... love it... :)

  12. Love the tasty treat, dear! My kinda food! xoxo

  13. looks like the recipeis simple enough for me to attempt. keeping my fingers crossed. hopefully will turn out as good as yours.

  14. Mouth watering! Totally in love with the recipe!

  15. A different recipe version to check. Pinned

  16. Laksa is a favourite....yours look so authentic n yum

  17. I have not tried this dish still now, I will give it a try soon.


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