Yesterday, I posted up a recipe for my Vegan Laksa Paste. I’ve been trying to perfect Laksa for a couple of years now, and this, I think, is as close as the “real” thing as you’ll ever get!
Really, the hard part about Laksa is making the paste. Everything after that is easy as pie, which is why it’s such a great meal for the middle of the week when you really don’t want to do much beyond throwing everything in a pan and leaving it for a while.
The flavours that this recipe pushes throughout your house will have your housemates and family salivating all over the furniture. For this, I apologise.
I’ve been a little vague on the amount of tofu and rice noodles, as for me, this is very subjective. I love rice noodles and shove them in there like there’s no tomorrow, but I hang back a little on the tofu. You can either use those pre-fried tofu blocks you get in Asian grocery stores, or you can fry your own up before you start cooking; no matter, they both work great!
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 tablespoons Vegan Laksa Paste
3 cups veg stock
2 cups full-fat coconut milk
1 cup water
1 large head broccoli, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
enough fried tofu blocks for 4
enough dried rice noodles to feed 4
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 large handful bean sprouts
4 spring onions, sliced
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
slices of lime
Heat the sesame oil in a large wok, and fry the Laksa Paste until it is fragrant
Add in the coconut milk, water and veg stock and stir well
Add the broccoli and carrot into the mixture, and cook on high until mostly tender; about 5-10 minutes
While cooking, place the rice noodles in a bowl of hot water. If you’re using thicker noodles, heat them in a small pan over a medium heat
Add in the tomato and tofu blocks, and stir well
Stir in the brown sugar
When the noodles are soft and the vegetables are tender, divide the noodles out between the 4 bowls
Ladle the soup onto the noodles, diving it between the bowls
Top each soup with bean sprouts, spring onions, mint leaves and coriander, and serve with 2 slices of lime
The great thing, to me, about Laksa is that you can change it so much to suit your own taste. For example, I like my Laksa a little more limey, so I tend to throw a little lime in there with the coconut milk. If you prefer it thicker, you could leave out the water and replace it with coconut cream. The possibilities are endless.
Laksa is the king of soups. Seriously.