Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup

Cooking can be interpreted in different ways to all of us. For the most of us, cooking basically is about ensuring a healthy home cooked meal in a clean environment compared to exposing ourselves to what not when we eat out. Of course definitely if you are asking me and I will totally vouch nothing like a home meal even if its just basic and simple dishes. You can include me in this category of women who make it a point in cooking, but every now and then, cooking for me personally is about setting my own bar against how better I can cook. Basically, I like the thing of allowing my mind to wonder for my own invention. Rather challenging for oiling my thinking cap and which does land me in the zone of happiness whenever I come up with my invented dishes. Take this Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup which is actually the other door to Assam Laksa, and I have already previously opened two doors (Malaysian Sour Spicy Fish Soup Noodles & Penang Assam Laksa). 

Logically then, I decided I should open the third door to this Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup and like I have already told you, me doing it my cooking way Moreover, Nyonya cooking, or even Portuguese/Eurasian cuisines? What else should I say (Ayam Pongteh, Chicken Vindaloo, Assam Pedas & Mee Siam)? Needles to say, even noodles dishes (Mee Rojak, Mee Rebus, Laksam, Thai Fish Noodle Soup & Prawn Curry Laksa). Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup? Fabulously must be regarded  (Nyonya Steamed Fish, Nyonya Lam Mee & Nyonya Fish Sambal) as the number one up to another Assam Laksa. Fish broth, spiciness, sourness and herbs scented, do not discount a scoop of otak-otak or the gooey thick almost darkest brown in color our Malaysian shrimp paste (Sarawak Laksa, Singapore Laksa, Nyonya Curry Laksa & Prawn Curry Laksa).
For the broth
12 medium size fresh sardines - cleaned and do not remove the head.
1 inch lengkuas/galangal - crushed/smashed
1 lemongrass/serai - crushed/smashed
1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit - crushed/smashed
2-3 dried tamarind/assam keping
Salt for taste

To assemble (as needed)
Noodles - blanched to soften ( I used mee hoon)
Red onion - sliced
Fresh pineapple pieces
Red/birds eye chilies - sliced/chopped
Salad leaves - sliced
Mint Leaves
Otak-otak/shrimp paste

Add all the ingredients for the broth with 1 liter of water.
Simmer over low heat till fish becomes soft and tender.
Remove from heat and drain the broth.
Flake fish and discard bones and heads. 
Add fish in broth, season with salt and continue to simmer.
Assemble noodles in a bowl and top with onion, mint leaves, pineapple and chilies.
Pour broth over and serve with a scoop of otak-otak/shrimp paste.


  1. Oh, I like this type of laksa! The different taste (sour, spicy) stimulates the taste buds and is just so enticing!

  2. Good to know that you are growing your own herbs. I have never had Portuguese cusine.

  3. Never heard of this recipe or dish but sounds interesting. Love the colorful clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Something and very interesting Nava, thanks for sharing... love the colors....

  5. Oh my god, I can practically smell it. Otak otak is a must for me when diving into Assam Laksa, which are the best in the world!

  6. The bowl of soup looks super delicious . Yeah that's totally true abt growing the own herbs . It gives a self satisfaction ...

  7. The seafood noodle combo soup looks really delicious Nava. I wonder where do u have the time for work then bloggin then gardening. :))

  8. It surely is very satisfying to grow and prickly fresh herbs., :)
    Nice recipe
    Keep in touch,

  9. My mom also grow herbs and some veggies in her garden.. That is an interesting art..Recipe is new to me.. Thanks for sharing..

  10. I love . the more of the dark sauce made of shrimps the better

  11. I don't know which laksa to choose from. All of the ones you have posted are amazing and look delicious. I am with you on growing your own feels great to use them in your day to day cooking. Another beautiful dish Nava!

  12. Such a wonderful-looking dish...I can imagine how the taste will be!

  13. this dish is totally new to me..looks super delicious....very neat presentation with lovely colors...

  14. Laksa with a makeover, this looks delicious :D


  15. Very new recipe to me . I love all the clicks

  16. Looks wonderful, Nava. New to ur blog and following too :)

  17. wow, one of my favourite soup, especially in a cold rainy days...
    i love using giant grouper or red snapper head for making asam laksa, made me feeling younger due to it's high collagen content.....

  18. Hi Nava ,I love this assam laksa, very appetizing. Looking at yours, I think i need 2 big bowls. LOL

    Best regards.

  19. YUM! looks amazing. I've always wanted to try mint and curry together, seems like such a great combination. love your blog! I too have lifestyle, fashion, food blog- perhaps you'd enjoy exchanging follows?



  20. This sounds interesting to me. It looks so beautiful and yummy too!


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