It may be July but our weather has been far from the typical sunshine and heat that covers the valley this time of year. With cool and rainy mornings and afternoons of thunder and overcast it feels a lot more like fall is rolling in. I’ve traded in my sundresses for jeans and hoodies and swapped my summer meals for comfort food. I know as of tomorrow the weather will soar right back up so I took advantage of the cooler days and tried some new recipes. I absolutely love Laksa soup and for those of you that haven’t tried it, it’s an amazing mix of coconut, curry and spice in one delicious noodle bowl. Usually it’s pretty difficult to recreate ethnic restaurant meals at home but this recipe was right on par and by no means difficult to make. It will satisfy your sweet, savoury, and spicy tastebuds all in one bowl!
- 1/2 package rice noodles
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ½ – 1 lb chicken or pork * either uncooked or precooked, see below for changes
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 2 pkgs Laksa paste
- 1 Litre chicken broth
- 1 can coconut milk (use full fat)
- Fresh bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced (optional)
- Hard boiled eggs (optional)
- Place rice noodles and broccoli in a bowl and pour boiling water over and cover. Let noodles and broccoli ‘steam’ while you’re making soup. Drain and rinse with cold water so that they don’t stick together.
- Heat oil in soup pot. Saute onions for a few minutes then add meat (*only if meat is raw), garlic and ginger. Cook for a few mins until meat starts to lose pink color.
- Add Laksa paste, stir and cook for a few more minutes. Add chicken broth to deglaze pan then add coconut milk. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for a few mins. Add prawns. (I used uncooked frozen prawns and they were cooked by the time the soup and meat had heated up) This is when you add the meat if it is pre-cooked.
- Serve over noodles, broccoli and a handful of bean sprouts. Garnish with cilantro, cucumber slices and hard boiled egg.
Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.~ Auguste Escoffier