Assam Laksa

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Awaken your senses with this aromatic, mouthwatering Assam Laksa that is good for any occasion!

Let's start cooking!

Tamarind paste and water in a bowl

Step 1 - Make tamarind water

  • In a bowl, mix 300 ml water with tamarind paste. Set aside tamarind water.
Fish in a pot of water

Step 2 - Boil fish and asam keping

  • In a pot, boil enough water to submerge fish. Once water is boiling, add fish and 3 asam keping for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked.
  • Turn off the heat and place cooked fish in a medium sized bowl. Remove and discard boiled asam keping.
Fish flesh separated from bones using a fork

Step 3 - Break up fish flesh from bones

  • Use a fork to pull away fish flesh from the bones and break it up into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
Chili in a blender

Step 4 - Blend chili, shrimp paste, galangal and lemongrass

  • In a blender, blend softened dried chilies, 1 Tbsp shrimp paste, galangal and lemongrass stalks until smooth. If mixture is too dry, add some water to help you achieve a smooth consistency.
Fish meat and assam broth in a pot

Step 5 - Make assam broth and add fish meat

  • In the same pot, add blended ingredients, tamarind water, 3 asam keping, torch ginger bud, mint and 4 Tbsp fish sauce. Season to taste with white sugar and fish sauce if needed.
  • Add in the fish meat into the broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 1 hour.
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Plate and serve!

Noodles with lime, chili, shallots and coriander leaves in asam broth in a bowl

Place laksa noodles and julienne cucumber into serving bowl. Ladle hot broth and fish meat over the noodles. Garnish with coriander leaves, sliced large red chili, sliced shallots and lime wedge.

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