Sunday, March 4, 2012

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I threw a laksa party last Friday night. Here are a couple of pics - we have house-guests, so no recipe today. I will add to this post during the week, but couldn't resist sharing these pics ASAP. A great big thanks to my dear friend, Lila Yomtoob for these pictures.
Laksa is a popular Malaysian hawker dish.  It's traditionally made with two kinds of noodles,  beansprouts,  shredded (or curried chicken), fish ballsfried tofu puffs,  , quail eggs, shrimp and blood cocklesBlood cockles are not available here in NY,  so I used mussels instead.  A fragrant coconut curry broth is ladled over everything and the dish is served with a spicy sambal condiment.  This is my version from last Friday night:
This is a shot of the kitchen counter with everything laid out on it and ready to be assembled into individual servings.  From bottom to top - yellow noodles,  rice vermicelli noodles,  shrimp, fish tofu, fish balls and fish cakes,  quail eggs, beansprouts,  mussels, flowering chives and shredded chicken.
Here's a short video of a famous laksa shop in my hometown of Seremban called  Laksa Asia - the woman who runs the stall is my laksa inspiration if only for the fact that she has been serving consistently delicious, mouth-watering laksa at the same location for over thirty years.  A true laksa goddess - I wish I had the guts to go up to her and give her a hug!
In the second video,  you get a better look at what's inside her steaming cauldron - tofu puffs floating in the broth soak up all the yummy goodness of the curry broth.
And finally,  here's a picture of the laksa served at this famous local spot.  On the right,  there is a whole hard-boiled egg.  In the middle,  near the top,  is a slice of fish cake.  To the left of that are a couple of those mind-blowing fried tofu puffs - my absolute favorite!  In the foreground,  to the left are a few blood cockles - a shellfish found primarily in Asia.  In Malaysia,  these are called kerang.  I find that folks either love them or hate them - I LOVE them.  While the name "blood cockle" is off-putting,  it's just a description of the beautiful deep red color of these clams - there's nothing actually "bloody" about them.  I think we need to work on the branding of these delicious clams - perhaps if we called them "yummy cockles" instead,  more people would be inclined to taste them.  If you love clams, mussels and oysters,  my bet is that you will love these.  We can't get these here in Brooklyn so I sadly substitute with mussels instead. Back to the picture - see how the sambal is served? In a tiny little side dish perched on top of the soup spoon - brilliant!  Rice vermicelli and beansprouts are in the foreground to the right,  and yellow noodles can be seen peeking out of the broth at the very top of the picture next to the soup spoon.  Aaaahhhhhh,  all this describing of this bowl of laksa is making me crave a bowl right now - I need a reason to cook up a giant pot of laksa for another feast - who's hungry?                                                                                                                                                                                    Pin It


  1. Hungry? That's me... Is this an Indian recipe or Malaysian? Since you are an Indian of origin but lived in Malaysia. Anyway, I always love Indian foods. Here in Dubai, I usually order chicken biryani. I like Indian curries too. Do you think Laksa is also available here in Dubai? Cool blog Auria! Cheers

  2. LOL - hi filmansantiago. This is a Malaysian recipe. If you read the wiki on Laksa it has a bunch of ideas on the origins of laksa - I believe that it originated in Malaysia/Singapore (we have a lot of dishes in common). I think that if you can find a Malaysian restaurant in Dubai, you'll definitely find laksa there. If not, someone needs to open one up ASAP! :o)

    1. Malaysian restaurant is not that much here. But anyway, with your recipe, perhaps I could make one for myself one day soon. LOL!

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  4. Omigosh, I just found your blog and I'm drooling! Laksa was the first dish my husband and I ate on our trip to Singapore/Malaysia a few years ago, and it's still one of my favorite memories. If you have an upcoming class in NYC, I'll be there :)