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Malaysian Curry Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

The perfect curry to tackle over the weekend, this homemade laksa is really worth the effort. The good news? You’ll have another batch of laksa paste ready to freeze for the next time you cook the dish!

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Malaysian Curry Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

PREP TIME
15 minutes
COOK TIME
1 hour 20 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil

400ml (13.5 fl oz) can coconut cream

12 fried tofu puffs, halved

4 tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste

1 tsp caster sugar

200g (7 oz) dried rice vermicelli noodles

sambal oelek, lime wedges, finely chopped coriander (cilantro) and bean sprouts to serve

 

Prawn stock:

600g (1.3 lb) whole, unpeeled, raw prawns

3 tbsp vegetable oil

8 cups chicken stock

2 pieces bone-in chicken thigh

 

Laksa paste:

8 large dried red chillies

1 tbsp dried shrimp

1 tbsp chopped fresh galangal

1 tbsp chopped ginger

1 lemongrass stalk, pale part bruised, finely chopped

4 Asian red shallots, roughly chopped

5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

3 coriander (cilantro) roots, roughly chopped

5 candlenuts or macadamia nuts

1 tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp turmeric

1½ tsp shrimp paste

sea salt

Steps
  • Step 1

    To make the prawn stock, peel the prawns, reserving the heads and shells. Keep the prawn meat for later. Heat the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the prawn heads and shells and cook for 10 minutes or until the shells are a deep red colour. Squish the shells and heads with the back of your spoon.

  • Step 2

    Add the chicken stock and the chicken thigh pieces bring back to a simmer. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim the foam from the surface of the stock as it simmers (try to just catch the foam and not the red oil). Then strain and discard the solids.

  • Step 3

    To make the laksa paste, soak the dried chillies and the dried shrimp in hot water for 10-15 minutes or until softened. Remove the chillies and dried shrimp from the water (it doesn’t matter if you don’t drain them completely as some water is fine). Reserve the chilli soaking water. Roughly chop the chillies and then place them into the bowl of a food processor along with the dried shrimp. Then add the remaining ingredients along with a large pinch salt. Blend until smooth, adding some of the chilli soaking water a tablespoon at a time if the ingredients aren’t blending smoothly.

  • Step 4

    Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add half the laksa paste* and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir. Then stir in the prawn stock you made earlier along with the fish sauce, sugar and a pinch of salt. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir through the tofu puffs and fish balls and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the prawns and simmer until just cooked. Taste and season the broth with extra fish sauce to taste.

  • Step 5

    Cook the rice noodles in boiling water until softened but still a little firm in the centre. Drain and divide among serving bowls.

  • Step 6

    Ladle the laksa over the noodles. And serve with sambal oelek, lime wedges, a sprinkle of coriander and bean sprouts.

  • Notes
    Notes:

    – This recipe makes more laksa paste than you need. You can freeze the other half of the paste for up to 2 months. Simply defrost in the fridge overnight before using.

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Great recipe, very tasty.

June 12, 2023

I recently tried the Laksa Lemak recipe from Marion’s Kitchen, and it was an absolute taste sensation! The dish was already incredibly delicious as is, but I couldn’t resist adding a few extra ingredients to enhance the flavors. I included 2 pieces of dry tamarind, which added a delightful tanginess to the creamy broth. The Nonya Sambal Chilli (Glory Brand) provided a spicy kick that beautifully complemented the richness of the coconut milk. The addition of yellow egg noodles brought a satisfying texture to each spoonful. Lastly, the 1 tablespoon of fish curry powder infused the dish with an extra layer of aromatic and savory goodness. This recipe is a true winner and will undoubtedly satisfy any craving for a mouthwatering Laksa Lemak.

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Rose

Loved it.

November 11, 2022

Wow I made this last night, it was fantastic. The flavor was spectacular and it looks like it came out of a restaurant kitchen. I will definitely make this again.

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David

Wow! What great flavours.

October 25, 2022

It tastes as good as it looks. I followed the recipe to the letter except I used laksa leaves (AKA Vietnamese mint) instead of coriander as a garnish.

Thank you Marion. I was even able to impress my wife who is a very good cook. I will be doing this again, and again, and…..

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