Malaysian Curry Noodles With Coconut Milk / Nyonya Laksa / Laksa Lemak

Laksa Lemak is a popular spicy noodle soup that originated from Southeast Asia. It is found mainly in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The noodle soup is incorporated with coconut milk and prawns. It is served with a chili paste or sauce called sambal. This recipe takes about 2 hours. The preparation and cooking may take some effort, but if you want some authentic dish, then you must try this!


• 400 grams prawns (freshly blanched)
• 20 grams shrimps (dried)
• 15 grams galangal
• 15 grams turmeric powder
• 20 grams shrimp paste (dried)
• 100 ml coconut milk
• 15 ml water
• 4 chicken drumsticks
• 1 Vietnamese coriander
• 5 fresh chili peppers
• 5 dried chili peppers
• 2 chili boh
• 3 garlic cloves
• 8 shallots
• 4 lemongrass stalks
• 6 candlenuts
• tofu puffs (blanched)
• fish balls (blanched)
• 1/2 teaspoon sugar
• salt
• 3 tbsp oil
• Any type of noodle (blanched)


Prepare broth:
Set a pot over high heat.
Put the drumsticks and add water.
Let it boil.
Once it boils, reduce heat to medium.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Set aside.

Heat oil in another pot on high heat.
Stir fry prawn heads (without meat).
Add water.
Let it boil.
Add the Vietnamese coriander.
Once it boils, reduce heat to medium.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Set aside.

Prepare shrimp paste:
In a blender, add dried chilies, fresh chilies, shallots, galangal, candlenuts, garlic, lemongrass, and turmeric powder.
Blend until texture smoothens.
Add dried shrimps and blend again.

Prepare sambal:
Set a dry pan over medium heat.
Pour oil and get some amount of shrimp paste and chili boh.
Toast until fragrant.
Add sugar and salt to taste.
Put some water.
Set aside.

Prepare the broth soup:
Set pan over medium heat.
Pour some olive oil.
Saute the paste until the color changes.
Add the chicken and prawn broth.
Stir until the paste is well combined with the broth.
Add a pinch of salt (or depends on your taste).
Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Add coconut milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add tofu puffs and fish balls.
Let it cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat.

Place the noodles in a bowl.
Add the cooked broth with the tofu puffs and fish balls.
Add prawns.
Garnish with chopped Vietnamese coriander and a few slices of cucumber.
You can add a hard-boiled egg.
Don’t forget to serve with the sambal.
Serve and enjoy!

Malaysian Curry Noodles With Coconut Milk, Nyonya Laksa, Laksa Lemak
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