There are so many different variations of laksa in Malaysia. . It depends on which part of Malaysia and you will surely get a different bowl of laksa. Penang Laksa, Asam Laksa , Kelantan Laksa, Johor Laksa, Sarawak Laksa and the list goes on. The most common one from Kuala Lumpur is Curry Laksa or curry mee Laksa lemak, also known as Nyonya laksa is a Laksa from Melaka. It is a type of curry laksa with rich and sweet coconut gravy. Lemak is a Malay culinary term which refers to the presence of coconut milk. As the name implies, this dish is all about the broth, it is made with rich, slightly sweet and strongly spiced coconut broth.
Ingredients for the paste:
Recipe source: My Kitchen Snippets
4 red chilies
6 dried chilies – soak in hot water until soft
3 cloves garlic
5 candlenuts/buah keras
1” fresh turmeric or 2 tsp turmeric powder
¼ cup dried shrimps – soak in water until soft
For the Broth and garnish:
3 stalk lemongrass – white part only – smashed it
6 cups of chicken or shrimp stock
3 cups thick coconut milk
5 daun kesum leaves/Vietnamese mint
1 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste
2 cups of bean sprouts – remove the roots and blanched
20 fresh shrimps – peel and deveined
12 pieces of tofu puffs – wash and squeeze out the oil
Some fish balls/shrimp balls or fish cakes
4 hard boiled eggs
A packet of yellow noodles – wash and blanched in hot water
1. Put all the paste ingredients in a food processor and blend it into a smooth paste. Set aside. Heat up a heavy bottom pot and add in about 3 tbsp of oil. Cook the paste over medium low heat until fragrant.
2. Add in the chicken or shrimp stock, lemongrass and bring it up to a boil for 10 minutes. Blanch the shrimps in the stock for 2 minutes. Remove them and set it aside.
3. Add in the coconut milk, fish balls, tofu puffs, and daun kesum and bring it back to a boil. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove some of the excess oil from the top of the broth (you can leave it if you like it).
4. Add in seasonings and adjust the taste to your liking.
5. To serve: Put the some noodles and bean sprouts in the serving plate or bowl. Pour enough gravy over it and top it with shrimps, fish balls, and hard boil eggs.