This laksa noodle soup is with the comforting layers of vibrant color and infused with assuasive aroma from coconut milk and with bursting bold flavors with Laksa Paste. This is going to be your new favorite.
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What is Laksa Noodle soup:
This coconut curry noodle soup or Curry laksa is popular spicy noodles soup recipe, it is associated with Malaysia and Singapore region and it is also popular in Indonesia and southern Thailand.
The word “ Laksa” comes from an ancient Persian word for “noodles”
Tracing the route of laksa, one of the theories goes back to the 15th century it begins where the Chinese traders navigated to southeast Asia.
Laksa is a dish that was from actual intermarriage.It was the Chinese man who ventured abroad from china to trade,
The Chinese migrants have settled in a new town in Southeast Asia and intermarried the local population and they are called Peranakans and these local people incorporated local spices of coconut milk into a Chinese noodle soup, their Laksa looks more like curry noodles while the local people laksa has a thick, creamy fragrance soup.
Laksa has different varieties across various regions, it is difficult to pinpoint the origin of the dish, and the number of laksa recipes has been developed along with the trade of Southeast Asia.
In Malaysia, the Malacca laksa is introduced by Peranakan Chinese Malay.
In Singapore, the dish is believed to be created the interaction between Peranakans and local Singaporeans.
And Indonesia, the dish is believed to be developed by mixing the cultures and cooking practices of local people and Chinese immigrates.
The variation in laksa has evolved that is curry laksa and Adam laksa.
When people refer to “laksa”, they refer to this curry laksa recipe that is the use of coconut milk as a base.
This Curry Laksa is
- Restaurant-style Laksa recipe that is truly delicious is an ultimate comfort in a bowl.
- Making laksa from scratch is even more delicious with the right pick of ingredients and the homemade laksa paste just makes things truly magical!
- All you need just 20 minutes to make amazing laksa noodle soup.
Laksa paste Ingredients:
- Shallots: This gives has a mild intense flavor to the curry paste, however, you can also substitute with red onions.
- Lemongrass: I have used fresh lemongrass for this recipe, Trim the top and base of the stalk, you want to use only the bottom of the lemongrass. Peel the outer cover and use it. This lemongrass has the most unique flavor to the curry paste. Some people say lemongrass can be substituted with lemon zest.
- Galangal: the Galangal looks similar to ginger but it has a hard skin, the skin is slightly difficult to peel off. Galangal is widely available in the Asian section of your grocery store. You can also substitute with ginger.
- Dry Red chilies: Usually for the chilies used for the Thai recipe are birds eye chili and cayenne peppers. The bird’s eye chili is very spicy, whereas cayenne pepper is usually added for the color.
I have used only Dry Red chili for the heat of the curry paste. I Soaked them in hot water, which helps for the easy blending.
- Cashews: Soak the cashews for 10 minutes in warm water.
How to make Laksa Paste:
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients for the laksa paste and blend until smooth. ( Step 1 & 2)
Laksa Soup Ingredints:
- Rice Noodles: Soak the rice noodles for 8 to 10 minutes until they are soft. Drain, refresh with cold water, drain. Set aside until the noodles are ready to be used.
- Coriander leaves: Fresh coriander leaves give you the best flavor, earthy.
- Kaffir lime leaves: This one ingredient is epic for that curry paste. The leaves are extremely flavor and unique citrus flavor and that gives your Thai curry paste delicious.
- chicken: I have used boneless chicken pieces. Dice them in small pieces so that it is easy to scoop in your soup spoon.
- Coconut Milk: Use full-fat coconut milk for richness or coconut cream can also be used.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Soak the rice noodles in warm water for 10 minutes. ( Step 1)
- In a saucepan, heat the peanut oil, then add the laksa paste, salt and stir for 4 to 5 minutes over low heat, or until the raw smell of the laksa paste disappears. ( Step 2 & 3)
- Toss in the chicken pieces. ( Step 4)
- Stir Fry the chicken with the laksa paste for 2 to 3 minutes. ( Step 5)
- Pour in the chicken stock or water. Sprinkle with kaffir lime leaves and coriander leaves & sugar. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until it reaches a boil. ( Step 6 &7)
- Meanwhile, drain and set aside the rice noodles. (Step 8)
- Now, squeeze in half a lemon and mix well. (Step 9)
- Finally, remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk.( Step 10)
- Pour about 3/4 cup rice noodles into a bowl and top with laksa soup. Garnish with fresh coriander and lemon wedges. ( Step 11 & 12)
- The homemade laksa paste is truly flavourful, easy to make, and gives you the right creamy consistency to the soup. However, you can prefer store-bought laksa paste for your convince.
- Use Full fat coconut milk or coconut cream and don’t cook for a longer time once the coconut milk is added. The heat from the soup is enough to infuse the flavors.
- The spice level can be adjusted as your preference.
- Add a pinch of sugar to complement all the flavors.
- Prefer using fresh herbs that give you freshness to the soup.
- Coconut milk is fattening, but it is good fat. Coconut milk lowers bad cholesterol and promotes good cholesterol
- Many of the ingredients in the curry paste are of medicinal value, thereby helps in maintaining a healthy body.
- The core ingredient – red chilies, possesses a high content of potassium that helps in regulating blood pressure, helps in burning calories, supports the immune system because of its Vitamin C content, and helps in preventing heart ailments.
- The heat of the curry will vary according to the region from where the red chilies are grown.
- You can use any protein or vegetable that will suit the cooking time and method of this curry.
- Some of the vegetarian variations are Eggplants, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Carrots, and Potatoes, Pumpkin, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, or Red Bell Peppers. You can also play around with combinations that will go well with each other.
- What kind of rice noodles are preferred?
Rice noodles or vermicelli rice noodles also called “bee hoon” or “ mee hoon” are made of rice starch. They are a thin form of rice noodles.
Sometimes it is referred to as Rice sticks.
While the fresh rice noodles are available in bigger Asian groceries, you can buy the dried rice noodle that is easily available.
These Rice noodles will often need to soak before cooking.
If you don’t find the Rice noodles around your province, keep the last preference to buy udon noodles.
- What is laksa paste made of?
The laksa paste is made of lemongrass, garlic, cashews, galangal, shallots, Dry red chilies, paprika, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, shallots, and Peanut oil.
- What is the substitute for laksa paste?
You can prefer using Thai red curry paste as they have similar ingredients.
- How long does the soup last in the refrigerator?
Laksa will last up to 2 days if stored in an air-tight container and refrigerated.
- Can I freeze laksa soup?
The laksa soup broth ( without rice noodles or Toppings) freezes so well because it does have any dairy products in it. Store in an air-tight container that stays well and good for 3 months.
To serve: Thaw the soup broth in the refrigerator or bring to a boil in a saucepan before adding the rice noodles and toppings.
- Can I re-heat ?
Yes, Laksa can be reheated. Bring the laksa to lightly warm up, prefer adding coconut milk to bring the fresh flavor, and add the toppings & serve.
- Can I make a vegetarian laksa soup recipe?
Yes! You can make meatless laksa soup. Instead of chicken, you can add zucchini, tofu, green beans, or broccoli.
- How do you serve ?
Place the cooked rice noodles in a serving bowl, pour a ladle of laksa soup, top it with fried shallots, lemon wedges, coriander leaves, bean sprouts.
- What are the other toppings?
Mint leaves, boiled eggs ( halved), chili oil, red chilies.
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