Dining & Wine

Here’s How To Make Laksa At Home

January 21, 2024

Laksa is a popular Southeast Asian noodle soup known for its rich and fragrant coconut milk-based broth. There are various regional variations of laksa, and this recipe is a general guide. Feel free to adjust the ingredients based on your preferences. This recipe makes approximately 4 servings.


For the Laksa Paste:

  • 2 stalks lemongrass (white part only, thinly sliced)
  • 4 shallots (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of galangal (or ginger, peeled and chopped)
  • 4 dried red chilies (soaked in hot water to soften, seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Soup:

  • 400g (14 oz) rice noodles or egg noodles
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound (about 450g) chicken, shrimp, or tofu, sliced or cubed
  • 200g (7 oz) bean sprouts
  • 2 boiled eggs (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (for garnish)
  • Lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Prepare Laksa Paste:
    • In a food processor, blend lemongrass, shallots, garlic, galangal, soaked dried chilies, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and shrimp paste (if using) until you get a smooth paste.
    • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan and sauté the paste over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Set aside.
  2. Cook Noodles:
    • Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare Soup Base:
    • In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the laksa paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    • Pour in the coconut milk and chicken or vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Add Protein:
    • Add sliced chicken, shrimp, or tofu to the simmering broth. Cook until protein is fully cooked.
  5. Assemble Laksa:
    • Divide the cooked noodles among serving bowls.
    • Ladle the hot laksa broth with protein over the noodles.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Top each bowl with bean sprouts, boiled eggs (if using), and fresh cilantro leaves.
    • Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.

Enjoy your homemade laksa! Adjust the spice levels and ingredients according to your taste preferences. —Vita Daily


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