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Nyonya Laksa

A warm bowl of this delicious Nyonya Laksa is just another perfect fix for the current cooler weather. This Laksa uses fresh thick rice noodles, which can be easily found at most Asian's grocers. The mild curry coconut soup is made of spice paste, pounded dried shrimps, coconut milk, chicken broth, and pandan leaves. When ready to serve, just ladle the curry soup onto the noodles and sprinkle with a generous amount of bean sprouts, tofu puffs, prawns, fish cakes, hard-boiled eggs, Daun Kesum (or Vietnamese mint), chili sauce, and some Kalamansi lime juice. The list of ingredients might seem like a lot; but, rest assured it's pretty easy to prepare, and it will be worth your effort!

Nyonya Laksa


2 lbs Fresh Thick Rice Noodles (Lai Fun/Laksa Noodles), scalded and drained
2 Packs (2 x 90 g) Tofu Puffs, halved
300 g Bean Sprouts, scalded
300 g Prawns, cooked and shelled
200 g Fish Cakes, sliced
1 Bunch Daun Kesum/Vietnamese Mints, finely sliced
8 Hard-boiled Eggs, halved
1 Cucumber, shredded, optional
Some Kalamansi Limes

Soup Base

6 to 8 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Coconut Milk
4 Pandanus/Pandan Leaves, knotted

1/3 Cup Peanut or Vegetable Oil

Sea Salt to taste

Spice Paste

30 g Dried Chilies, cut into ½ inch in length and soaked in hot water, drained
4 Stalks Lemongrass, chopped
4 Fresh Red Chilies, seeded and coarsely chopped
10 g (1/2 inch) Fresh Turmeric, coarsely chopped

100 g Galangal, coarsely chopped
8 (about 200 g) Shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped

2 tsp Roasted Shrimp Paste (Belachan)

5 Candlenuts
1 Tbsp Ground Coriander
30 g Dried Shrimps, soaked, drained, and pounded

Chili Sauce
8 Red Chilies, seeded and coarsely chopped
¼ tsp Sea Salt, to taste
½ tsp Sugar, to taste
White Vinegar or Kalamansi juice, to taste


For the soup base: Grind the spice paste ingredients in a blender or food processor.

In a large stockpot over low medium heat, add the oil and cook the spice paste until fragrant, stirring continuously. If the mixture is too dry, add more oil. Stir-fry continuously until the spices are fragrant. Then add in the pounded dried shrimps, follow by the pandan leaves and continue to stir the paste for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth into the spice paste mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Then add the tofu puffs and let it cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Season the soup with sea salt.

Chili sauce: Blend together the chilies, sea salt, and sugar. Adjust the seasoning with vinegar or Lime juice.

When ready to serve, just ladle the curry soup onto the noodles and sprinkle with generous amount of bean sprouts, tofu puffs, fish cakes, prawns, hard-boiled eggs, Daun Kesum (or Vietnamese mint), chili sauce, shredded cucumber, if using, and some Kalamansi lime juice

Serves 8

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  1. This is really beautiful. Are there any substitutes you would recommend for Belachan, Pandan Leaves and candlenuts?

    1. Thanks for the comments. You can substitute Belachan with some fish sauce, and candlenuts with macadamia nuts. If you can't find pandan leaves, then you may omit them.

  2. Wonderful dish. I've never heard of pandan leaves in the soup base. Bet it takes the soup to another level, with the fragrance of the leaves. Must try one day. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the comments. Yes, adding pandan leaves to the coconut curry base does enhance the overall flavor and fragrance of the soup. You should give it a try next time.

  3. I remember having laksa in Penang and haven't been able to find a decent enough restaurant back home to satisfy the craving again. Your photo looks amazing!

  4. This looks so delicious. I would love for you to come and share your pictures with us at foodepix.com.

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonder recipe. One thing my husband misses from Singapore is the Laksa and I am sure he'll enjoy making it himself.

    Where can I find ingredients like Galangal and Candlenuts in Vancouver BC?

    1. You're welcome. Both Galangal and Candlenuts are available at most local Asian grocers. If you are around Chinatown, try Wong Xin Market, or Asia Market. Those are my favorite stores.

  6. That is one tasty looking bowl of Laksa!



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