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How To Make Laksa

How To Make Laksa

Looking for a healthy and spicy noodle soup recipe? In this step by step guide Caroline MiLi Artiss, Malaysian cookery expert, shows you how to make a delicious Laksa.


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  • 10 macadamia nuts
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1 galangal, 1 inch piece
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 10 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 6 red chillies
  • 1/2 coconut milk tin
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 sunflower oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 3 egg omelette
  • fresh coriander
  • 500 g rice noodles
  • bean sprouts
  • 1 ltr water
  • white pepper
  • 1 cups (250ml) prawns


Start by making the spice paste. Put the shallots, peeled garlic cloves, macadamia nuts, lemon grass, peeled galangal, chillies, pepper, coriander, turmeric and shrimp paste into a blender; then blend until it is a very fine paste.

Cook the spice paste in oil for about 10 minutes, stirring now and then, until it has turned a darker colour.

Add the sugar, salt and 1 litre of water. Simmer for another 15 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, stir well and taste for seasoning. Adjust the sugar and salt to your liking and add a pinch of white pepper.

Strain the soup through a sieve, bring back to the boil, add your prawns, and cook for a couple of minutes.

Put some cooked rice noodles, cooked chicken breast, sliced omelette, bean sprouts and chopped coriander into bowls and spoon over some soup.