The simplest Curry Laksa recipe

lead image

Delicious recipes do not always have to be complicated.

What do you get when you mix Malay and Chinese influences? The rich and savoury spicy noodle soup we all know and love —Laksa.

This staple of Peranakan cuisine is a mingling of flavours, commonly done with a coconut milk and curry base. There are many types of Laksa, like Sarawak Laksa, dubbed by the late Anthony Bourdain as the ‘Breakfast of the Gods,’ and Laksam, which is made with thicker noodles, mackerel, and tamarind, making it a more sour, fragrant take on the popular street food.

For this recipe, we will be learning the basics of curry laksa, which is one of the more widely known versions of this dish. Also known as curry mee, this is made with rice or egg noodles and a curry, coconut-based broth.

You don’t have to head out of your house to satisfy your craving for this popular street food in Singapore. You can whip up your own version in your very own kitchen.

Here’s how.

Simple Authentic Laksa Recipe for First-Timers

Serves 2 to 3
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

What you’ll need

  • ½ kilo of rice or egg noodles
  • ½ cup of bean sprouts
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • Fish cakes, cut
  • 8 pieces of cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 tofu puffs, chopped
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • ½ cup of full cream milk
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • 3 tablespoons of ready-made curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek (chilli paste)
    Fresh cilantro, 1 handful
    Salt, to taste

Here’s how to make it

1. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of cooking oil into a pot and set to medium high heat.
2. Add curry paste into the same pot and stir until fragrant.
3. Still using the same pot, add chicken broth with two cups of water.
4. Drop in the shrimp, tofu, and lemongrass stalks.
5. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
6. Once it boils, turn the heat lower to simmer.
7. Pour in the coconut milk and full cream milk.
8. Boil noodles as well as the bean sprouts in a separate pot and drain.
9. Once cooked, place the noodles and sprouts on a serving dish.
10. Pour the broth over it. Top with eggs, fish cakes, shrimps, cilantro and sprinkle with salt as desired!

Tips:
You can also use a cup of coconut milk, if you desire, or evaporated milk and cream.
You can add more curry paste for more heat and flavour!

There you have it! An authentic Laksa recipe. Try to make it and get back to us. We’d love to hear what you thought of this recipe.

Read also: 7 flavourful Sambal dishes to satisfy your chilli cravings