Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seafood Malaysian Laksa

If you have a spare hour or two and want the reward of a Laksa that tastes out of this world, I recommend you head on down to your local Asian Grocer and prepare this Seafood Malaysian Laksa!
I promise you - It is worth every second of your time!
If you are not a food connoisseur like me, buy some Laksa paste from the supermarket and this can taste nearly as good. Or alternatively, take away from your local Malaysian restaurant!

Seafood Malaysian Laksa Recipe

Spice Paste
4-5 shallots, chopped
6-7 cloves garlic, chopped
Thumb size piece ginger, peeled and chopped
1 fresh red chilli (more if you want more kick!)
1 heaped tbsp dried prawns
½ cup water


12 green prawns
4 tbsp vegetable oil
180 mls of laksa paste
1 litre chicken stock
1 can coconut cream
Fish balls
Fried tofu puffs
1 tsp sugar
Fish sauce
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lime

Finishing Touches

Rice vermicelli noodles
Egg noodles
Shredded cooked chicken meat (boiled-stock can be used for the broth!)
Bean sprouts
Spring onions, chopped
Red chilli, sliced
Coriander leaves
Deep fried shallots
Fresh lime wedges

Process in blender, shallots, garlic, ginger, chillies, dried prawns and water until it forms a smooth paste. Set aside.

Shell prawns and reserve meat. Heat oil in a large pot and fry prawns shells for about 1 minute until they turn red then remove from pan. Add spice paste to prawn flavoured oil and fry for a minute before adding the laksa paste. Fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes and pour in the stock.

Bring to the boil and then add coconut cream. It's always good to allow time to simmer for the flavours to come out. Add fish balls and fried tofu. Add sugar, fish sauce and salt to taste. Squeeze in the lime.

Blanch rice and egg noodles in boiling water and transfer some of each to serving bowls. Poach reserved prawn meat in same water. Pour over the broth and top with chicken, prawns and bean sprouts. Garnish with the spring onions, chilli, coriander and fried shallots. Squeeze in the lime before eating (This is a must as that fresh lime really lifts the dish!).
I give credit to the SBS Food website for this amazing Laksa recipe:

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