If you like flavor profiles and spicy noodles, laksa noodle soup is your siren call.
Laksa leaf is a herb widely used in South Eastern Asian countries. It differs from Thai basil, Vietnamese mint and coriander because it’s spicy. Key word spicy, it comes on slowly after a few bites. It’s what makes laksa soup a mind mending twirl.
Discovered it on a trip to Singapore a few years back and was lucky enough to meet someone locally that shared a recipe. I’ve never seen this combo on any website before so must be very home kitchen cooking for ordinary family dinners, my kind of cooking.
Enough for 10-15 servings
15-20 shallots, peeled and chopped in food processor
Handful Dried chili, seeded and soaked
Fresh peppers, finely chopped through food processor
Chili paste, 2-3 tbsp
Dried shrimp, 1 package (buy the ones from Taiwan), soaked in hot water and drained and wash thoroughly
2-3 tablespoon chopped fresh galanga
Turmeric powder, 1-2 tsp
Kaffir lime leaves, 6-8 leaves
20 candlenuts finely chopped
Laksa leaf, 1 bunch
3-4 stalks Lemongrass finely chopped
Set aside laksa leaf and dried shrimp
In a skillet, add oil and cook down all chopped ingredients and cook it down to a paste. Then turn off heat and add chopped laksa leaf.
In a large pot, add drained dried shrimp and stir it around for a few minutes, then add paste. Fill with water to your preference of soup stock you may need.
Once it boils, add 1 can coconut milk
Add salt and sugar to taste, it will be spicy
If you have fish sauce (my preference is red boat brand) use it in lieu of salt
Cook rice noodles, drain and cool
Garnish dish with fresh squeezed lime, bean sprouts, laksa and mint leaf. It usually has shrimp (any kind including bay shrimp which helps thicken the sauce), tofu or fish balls. I don’t like the MSG sugariness of fish balls and opted for tofu puffs instead.
I didn’t use dried red chili this time because it would be too spicy for my son to eat it. I cheated and used 2 tsp of chili oil in lieu of dried chili. Adjust spiciness to however many “stars” you are ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.