Laksa Recipe



  • Rice Vermicelli, scalded and drained
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 300g Medium Prawns
  • 2 Fish Cakes, sliced
  • 100g Bean Sprout, slightly blanched just before serving
  • 10 pieces Tau Pok
  • 100g Cockles (optional)
  • 10 sprig Laksa Leaves aka Vietnamese Mint aka Daun Kesom
  • 50g Dried Prawns, grind
  • 150ml Oil
  • 750ml Water
  • Salt and Rock Sugar to taste

Grind into paste:

  • 1 whole Garlic
  • 10 Shallots
  • 1/2 tablespoon Turmeric aka Kunyit
  • 1 tablespoon Galangal aka Lengkuas
  • 4 Candlenuts aka Buah Keras
  • 1 stalk Lemon Grass aks Serai
  • 2 teaspoon Shrimp Paste aka Belachan
  • 12 Dried Chillies, soaked to soften

How to make Laksa

  1. Blanch prawns in 750ml of water till 90% cooked.
  2. Remove shells and return them to the pot of stock.
  3. Set prawns aside.
  4. Add in Laksa Leaves and bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in wok.
  6. Fry the paste for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Add in dried shrimp and continue frying the paste for another 5 minutes.
  8. Pour the content to the pot of stock.
  9. Bring to boil.
  10. Gradually add in coconut milk.
  11. Simmer till you see red oil surfacing.
  12. Add salt and rock sugar to taste.
  13. Add in the tau pok to cook for 2 minutes just before serving. This helps tau pok absorb Laksa gravy.
  14. Put rice vermicelli in a bowl.
  15. Top with tau pok, fish cakes, bean sprout and cockles.
  16. Pour hot gravy over and serve immediately.


  • If you prefer your Laska to be spicy, add chilli paste to your bowl of Laksa.
  • Chop some Laksa Leaves for garnishing if you like.
  • For convenience, I used packed coconut. Fresh coconut milk extract will taste and smell better.
  • jandn
    jandn says

    You are awesome, wokking mum!

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    Thank you! You're too kind! ;)

  • sgtoca
    sgtoca says

    Lau Nua :) I miss this so much and probably can get it everyday and then be 300 lbs by the end of the month.

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    LOL! then you have to exercise to eat some more again!

  • rickm1
    rickm1 says

    I remember having this in Singapore. I can't wait to try it. P.s. Do you know what the red triangle thing with the 3 stars means? Cheers

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    Hope you will like it. ;) the red triangle with 1 - 3 stars is the rating given for the recipe ;)

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