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Curry Laksa


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8 Servings

Curry Laksa

Malaysian Curry Noodles with Coconut Milk Laksa Lemak Nyonya Laksa Malaysian curry noodles

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The best recipe for delicious Curry Laksa which is commonly known as Laksa Lemak, a Malaysian curry noodles. If Japan has Ramen, Malaysia has Curry Laksa which is fiery flavoursome!

Cooking Curry Laksa begins with the broth and then the Laksa paste. Those are the most important component to making a good bowl of Curry Laksa. Curry Laksa is perhaps the most requested recipe on Nyonya Cooking. I have created this special tempting curry noodles with a mixture of spices befitting the dish. No doubt, the preparations may seem complicated but you would be encouraged with the result. Trust me, you would love to have this captivating dish over and over again. If you have not tried a Curry Laksa noodles before, you are missing out. Do not feel demotivated when you see the long list of ingredients and the tedious steps in the preparation. You can always prepare a bigger portion of the laksa paste and the Curry Laksa paste can be frozen for later use. That will come in handy whenever you feel the urge to have some curry noodles. The broth which uses chicken bones and prawn shells as a base has a subtle sweetness and when infused with the spices makes this laksa really delicious! Most of the ingredients can be widely found at the Asian grocer. However, it might be difficult to get the Vietnamese coriander (also known as Vietnamese cilantro, Vietnamese mint and Cambodian mint). If you are unable to find it, just skip it. I have read that it could be substituted with an equal amount of mint and cilantro but it would not work in this dish. All the herbs and spices need to be throughly infused together to get that tantalizing taste that nyonya laksa is known for. Have fun trying this. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is no stopping you from enjoying a bowl of 'Nyonya Laksa'.

  Malaysische Currynudeln mit Kokosnussmilch ist auch auf deutsch verfügbar.

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  • 20 grams shrimps (dried)
  • 10 chilli peppers (fresh)
  • 15 grams galangal
  • 6 candlenut(s)
  • 15 grams turmeric powder
  • 3 garlic clove(s)
  • 8 shallots
  • 15 grams shrimp paste (dried)
  • 4 lemon grass stalk(s)


  • 100 milliliters coconut milk
  • Vietnamese coriander/daun kesum
  • 4 chicken drumstick(s)
  • 400 grams prawns
  • tofu puffs
  • fish balls
  • 2 liters water


  • 2 tablespoons chilli boh
  • 5 grams shrimp paste (dried)
  • 0.5 teaspoons sugar

Steps to Prepare

  1. Prepare the stock by adding drumstick bones and water (1 litre) into a pot and allow it to boil. Once it boils, let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. After simmering the stock, use a spoon to remove the impurities.
  2. Heat oil in a pot and fry prawns skin/heads until cooked. Add the rest of the water (1 litre) into the pot together with the Vietnamese coriander. Bring to boil and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Blend ingredients in (A). Heat a pot with 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat to sauté blended ingredients until fragrant.
  4. Pour drumstick and prawn broths to the pot with the sautéd blended ingredients. Stir well. Add salt to taste and allow broth to simmer over medium to high heat for 10-15 minutes. Add coconut milk. Once broth begins to boil, add tofu puffs and fish balls. When broth boils again, turn off the stove.
  5. Toast belacan on a dry pan until fragrant. Set aside. Then, sauté Chilli Boh with 1.5 tablespoon of oil and over medium heat until oil separates. Add 0.5 tablespoon of water to the pan and also sugar to taste.
  6. In another pot of boiling water, blanch prawns, tofu puffs and noodles.Set aside
  7. Serve by placing noodles into a bowl, add broth and garnish with prawns, tofu puffs, fish balls, Vietnamese coriander, prawns and hard-boiled egg.

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I did a number of substituitions like using ginger, peanuts, and a whole onion. It turned out like how I remember eating the dish on holidayNyonya Laksa Lemak using coconut milk is one of the famous Peranakan dish in Malaysia. 
it tasted really awesomeYummyliciousDelicious to the max...in Indonesia I add Finna sambal uleg to replace the sambal balacan Hi Grace, new fan of yours! Thank you for this recipe!Made mine too thick but this was super shrimpy and super goodTks for the recipe! My son loves it!!!! I can't taste much at the moment cos my tongue is still numb from chemo side effect.Hello,thanks for the recipe.i did add baby bakchoy.my family liked your recipe a lot!it was a hitThank you very much for sharing your recipes. ... i really love it.Curry laksaThank you for this recipes!

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