I may be mistaken but I believe Nyonya Curry Laksa is a style of spicy noodles soup from Malacca. It is different from the Penang Curry Laksa which we refer to simply as “Kari-Mee” in Penang. The Penang style of Curry Laksa is not as “lemak” (with coconut fat). I love both styles but I still haven’t figured out the ingredients for a Penang Curry Laksa yet. I am working on it though and will share it when I do find a good recipe. I cooked this Nyonya Curry Laksa for my family last weekend for the first time and it turned out delicious, everyone loved it.
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Yields: 10 servings
Sambal Chillie Paste:-
12 dried chillies (25g), soak in hot water for an hour
12 fresh red chillies (120g), washed and remove seeds
2 1/4 tsp belacan powder (dried shrimp paste powder)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
1/8 cup cooking oil
Spice Paste (to be finely ground):-
300g (30) shallots, peeled
6 cloves garlic
3 knobs (45g) fresh turmeric
120g galangal (lengkuas)
20 (40g) dried chillies, soak in water for an hour
2 ½ tbsp belacan powder (dried shrimp paste powder)
Curry Laksa Gravy:-
Prawn stock – Shell from 700g prawn & 8 stalks daun kesom (Vietnamese Mints)
Chicken Stock – 10 chicken wings (optional if you use ready chicken stock)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1.2 kg fresh coconut milk
10 kaffir lime leaves (crush with hand)
20 pieces tofu puffs
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Total liquid is around 4 liters
Prawn Balls (Optional, you may want to use the whole prawn instead)
Prawn meat from 700g prawn
1 stalk spring onion
2 tbsp corn starch
½ tsp salt
1 kg fresh laksa noodles, rinse them in cold water and drain
200g beansprout, blanched
1 cucumber, julienned
4 eggs (hard boiled and cut into 4)
1 bunch of daun kesom, finely sliced
6 calamansi lime, cut into half
Ingredients for Sambal Chillie Paste Ingredients for Spice Paste
Sambal Chillie Paste:-
- Blend the Sambal ingredients in a food processor until fine.
- Heat cooking oil in a wok, add blended sambal ingredients and fry till fragrant and dried.
- Remove from wok and keep aside.
Prepare the Curry Laksa Gravy:-
- Chicken Stock – In a medium pot boil the chicken wings in high heat till boil then turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 2 to 3 hours, then pass the chicken stock through a fine sieve. Keep aside.
- Prawn Stock – Remove prawn shell and keep the prawn meat aside. In a wok, heat up 2 tbsp of cooking and fry all the prawn shell until aromatic or turn to golden orange. In a medium pot add water, fried prawn shell and daun kesom. Bring to boil then turn the heat down and simmer for almost 1 hour. Strain the stock through a fine sieve and keep aside.
- Prawn Balls – Chop the prawn meat until fine. Add corn starch, chopped spring onion, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
- Blanch the tofu puffs with hot water to remove the oil then cut into half.
- Blend the spice ingredients in a food processor until fine and set aside.
- In a big pot, heat ½ cup of cooking oil and fry the spice paste till aromatic or fragrant. Then add kaffir lime leave. (I forgot to add kaffir lime leaves at this stage. I added after putting the coconut milk).
- Next add the chicken and prawn stock. Bring the gravy to boil then add in coconut milk. Let the gravy simmer for few minutes then add in the prawn paste. Use a rounded spoonful of the prawn mixture and shape it into a ball and drop inside the gravy. Continue cooking for few minutes until the prawn balls are cooked.
- Next add in the tofu puffs. Season to taste with sugar and salt to the desired of flavour.
- Place a serving of laksa noodles in a bowl.
- Ladle boiling Curry Laksa gravy over the noodles and top with a little of each of the topping ingredients.
- Serve with a teaspoon of sambal chillie if you want more spicy and squeeze the calamansi lime if you want a little sourness.