Curry Laksa Recipe

Curry Laksa Recipe

Curry Laksa Recipe

Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
Rempah Paste

  • Shallots, chopped — 10
  • Garlic, chopped — 10 cloves
  • Hot chiles, chopped — from 2 to 10
  • Dried shrimp, soaked and drained — 3 tablespoons
  • Candlenuts or macadamia nuts (optional) — 6
  • Curry powder — 2 tablespoons
  • Coriander — 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar — 2 tablespoons
  • Salt — 2 teaspoons

Soup

  • Oil — 3 tablespoons
  • Chicken stock — 1 quart
  • Coconut milk — 2 (15-ounce) cans
  • Lemongrass, white part only, crushed — 2 stalks
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined — 1 pound
  • Deep-fried tofu squares — 1/2 pound
  • Fresh rice vermicelli or other noodles — 1 1/2 pounds

Garnishes

  • Bean sprouts — 1/4 pound
  • Hard-boiled eggs, cut in half — 3
  • Cilantro or Vietnamese coriander (daun kesum) — 1 bunch
  • Limes, quartered — 2
  • Chili sambal (optional) — to taste

Procedure:

  1. Place all of the ingredients for the rempah paste into a mortar or food processor and grind or process until smooth. Adjust seasoning to your taste with sugar and salt.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil at the back of the stove. Heat the oil in another large pot or wok over medium flame. Add the rempah paste and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until darkened and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the chicken stock, coconut milk and lemongrass. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and discard the lemongrass.
  4. Stir in the shrimp and tofu squares and simmer slowly for another 10 minutes or so.
  5. While the soup is simmering, bring the simmering pot of water to a full boil. Drop the fresh noodles into the boiling water and cook for 10 to 15 seconds, or according to package directions. Drain and portion the noodles into serving bowls.
  6. Adjust the soup’s seasoning with salt and sugar. Ladle portions of broth, shrimp and tofu into the bowls. Top with sprouts, hard-boiled egg halves and sprigs of herbs.
  7. Serve with lime quarters and chili sambal on the side for diners to stir in as they wish. Laksa is eaten with a spoon for the broth and chopsticks for the noodles and other yummy stuff.
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