/ Monday, January 5, 2009 / 19 Comments / , , ,

Sarawak Laksa

Well, the pictures of my Sarawak Laksa simply can't measure the taste of it! It was so delicious and so satisfying! I don't even know how to describe it further! Fantastic!

Btw, the name Sarawak, is one of the states in Malaysia and they are famous for their laksa. Their laksa uses less coconut milk and apparently the spices or herb that goes into the paste can only be found in Sarawak.

I bought the paste from one of the famous stores in Kuala Lumpur that sells, obviously, Sarawak Laksa. The brand is called Double Red Swallow. There are of course many other brands out there. I'm not sure which one is better, but the one I'm using is really good. Other than the laksa paste itself, you need to have some good chicken stock with plenty of prawn shells.

Anyway, I have searched about the Sarawak laksa paste through the internet, and there is a company that sells them online. Not the same brand, but they are from Sarawak too. Go google it, if you are interested!

Sarawak Laksa


1 packet (600 g) Sarawak Laksa Paste
2 stalk Lemongrass, bruised
2 tsp Roasted Shrimp Paste
400 g Prawns
1 Chicken (whole) + 3 thighs,skinless and blanched
1 tin (400 ml) Coconut Milk
16 cups of Water
3 Pandanus Leaves, knotted
Sea salt to taste


Sambal Belacan (Chili With Shrimp Paste)
Beans Sprouts, blanched
Rice Vermicelli, cooked
Omelet, shredded
Shredded Chicken
Cooked Prawns
Calamansi Lime, halved or quartered lime
Cilantro, chopped


In a large pot with boiling water, add the chicken and simmer until the chicken is cooked.

Remove the chicken breast from the whole chicken and set aside to cool before shredding them. Return the rest of the chicken in to the pot.

Add in the prawns. When they are cooked, remove and set aside to cool. Then shell the prawns. Return all the prawn shells back in to the pot.

Then add the laksa paste, lemon grass, pandanus leaves and the shrimp paste. Bring the stock to a boil and let it simmer for 1 hour.

Strain the stock and mix in the coconut milk and bring it to a boil again. Lower the heat and simmer for another 1/2 an hour. Season the laksa soup with sea salt.

To serve, place a portion of rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, shredded chicken in a serving bowl and ladle the soup over and top it with shredded omelet, prawns and cilantro. Serve with more lime and the Sambal Belacan. (Chili With Shrimp Paste)

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  1. If you don't mind can you let me know where you get the sarawak laska paste in KL. I heard so much about this laska but never have a chance to try it. By the way, the Laksa look so yummy. Salivating here now :)

  2. @ICook4Fun:Thanks and I have emailed you the details of the shop. Have fun in KL. :)
    @Joie de vivre: Thanks :)

  3. My flatmate left a few of these behind when he moved out and they are still lying around somewhere. I've got to try it after reading your post! Looks really delicious.

  4. Btw, what is roasted shrimp paste?

  5. @pigpigscorner: Thanks and you should try made them. My recipe is actually good for 8 people. Btw, roasted shrimp paste aka Roasted Belacan. They are sold in block or granules.

  6. hey angie,i also want 2 know where i can get the laksa paste in KL..i missed my hometown dish..

  7. Hey Jane, I got the laksa paste from a lady that sells the Sarawak laksa. It's a corner coffee shop at Lorong Ara Kiri 2 in Bangsar, KL.

  8. I was just reading about laksa recently. its on my to do list. With your rave reviews, I think I must make it a priority.

  9. Hey Lori, yes they were delicious and you should try to make them soon :)

  10. I live in the US but does anyone know if its possible to get Sarawak Laksa paste here or any of the vegetables. I live in the New York area and if you know a place online that ships to the US that would help as well. Damn I really miss the taste of Sarawak Laksa.

  11. @Shiro: Here's the link for Sarawak Laksa Paste

  12. hi angie, could you tell me where to buy the paste in KL? thanks!

  13. @joyce: You can buy the laksa paste from a lady that sells the Sarawak laksa. It's a corner coffee shop at Lorong Ara Kiri 2 in Bangsar, KL.

  14. you can also buy the original sarawak laksa paste,
    at pandan perdana or email me rocxford@gmail.com

  15. Hey nice pics and you're right it can't convey the flavour, it does look good though. Nice work. I love a good laksa, hope you can contribute to the ultimate laksa guide: http://www.squidoo.com/ultimate_laksa_guide cheers.

  16. hye there,
    can u please tell where i can get this laksa sarawak paste in KL? miss the moment studying in kuching...hehehe... thanks in advance...

  17. @eventhappen: Please refer to comment #15. Thanks.



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