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Malaysian Laksa Noodle Soup – The Best Malaysian Laksa Recipe For Homemaking


Malaysian Laksa Noodle Soup – The Best Malaysian Laksa Recipe For Homemaking


You love the Malaysian Laksa, right? Well, this article will bring you the Malaysian Laksa recipes and guide on how to make this dish at home.

If you come to Malaysia, you must try the Laksa noodle soup, one of the iconic dishes in this Southeast Asian country. What’s Laksa? What’s inside a bowl of this noodle? What makes this food special, and is it difficult to make it at home? Now let’s come with me on a short tour to know more about Malaysian Laksa, the recipe, and the instruction on how to make it.

Malaysian Laksa recipe


What is the Malaysian Laksa?

I remember the first time having Laksa in Kuala Lumpur, I was so excited and even had two bowls of the noodle. Firstly, I noticed a strange smell, but when I took a bite, it was totally amazing.

The soup was creamy but a little bit spicy.  The fragrant coconut broth and curry flavor immediately fill the nose with an incredible aroma. Additionally, the topping satisfied me with full of delicious tastes. All combined in a perfect bowl, which urge me to have the second one.

So what is Malaysian Laksa? It’s a spicy noodle soup from Malaysia, which also appears in other South East Asian countries such as Singapore, Indonesia. The main ingredient making it a special dish is the coconut broth, which makes Laksa spicy and fragrant.

However, Laksa recipes are different in some countries. You should also know that Malaysian Laksa curry flavor is much stronger than any others, while it isn’t made with coconut broth. But in this article, I will give you the most simple recipe and the ingredients that you can find in any regular stores.

What’s inside a bowl of Malaysian Laksa?

#1 Noodle

People often use vermicelli noodle, which is thin white rice noodle, to make Malaysian Laksa. In some tradition restaurants, they even put two kinds of noodles into Laksa: vermicelli and Hokkien noodle.

#2 Fried tofu puffs

As you may know in many types of noodles dishes in South East Asia, there are some small fried tofu puffs. They are like spongy floating onto the bowl of noodle to make it more attractive and tasty. Meanwhile, they are soaked into the soup, and then you can feel the taste of the broth when you take a piece of tofu.

#3 Toppings

These are the most popular types of toppings in Malaysian Laksa: bean sprouts, seafood, or sliced chicken. I prefer the one with chicken as the chicken meat is soft, delicious, and fragrant. Don’t forget to enjoy the dish with a touch of fresh vegetable. You can have fried or fresh shallots, red chilies, cilantro, or lime juice.

#4 Chili Paste

In some restaurants, this is an important element, which decides if the guest is going to come back or not. Chili paste is always put separately on the side with Laksa. It is indispensable and made with various recipes. While the ingredients are the same, how you make this will make the difference.

How to make a bowl of Malaysian Laksa – Simple recipe for Malaysian Laksa


Laksa broth Chicken stock Chili Paste Topping

Garlic, Ginger, lemongrass, chili,

Laksa paste;

Coconut milk;

Fish sauce

Chicken stock or broth;


Chicken drumsticks

Sriracha sauce;

Crushed chili;

Vegetable oil;

Sugar, garlic;

Laksa paste, soy sauce

Vermicelli noodle;

Hokkien noodles;

Bean sprouts;

Tofu puffs


–         Take a small bowl to get all the ingredients needed for chili paste. Mix up well and leave it there for 20 minutes.

–         To extract the Chicken broth, you need to stew the chicken in a medium-heat saucepan for half an hour. First, put the pieces of chicken into a hot pan with boiled water. Then, turn the heat lower and stew for 25 minutes until the chicken is well-cooked. Now we have both flesh and broth of the chicken.

–         To make Laksa broth, stir-fry a mix of vegetable first: garlic, ginger, sauté, lemongrass, and chili. Cook for 1 minute with medium-low heat in a large saucepan. After that, pour Laksa paste slowly and turn the heat on medium level, stir evenly for 2 minutes until there comes fragrant smell.

–         Place chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, and a little bit of chili paste into the Laksa broth. Add sliced lemongrass into the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes.

–         Add pieces of fried tofu into the broth, prepare two bowls of noodle with chicken on top. Slowly pour the Laksa broth over the chicken. Serve with chili paste and enjoy the meal.

Tips and hints for the recipe:

#1 Chicken Drumsticks

Why do people usually have drumsticks for Malaysian Laksa but not other parts of the chicken? The flesh of drumsticks will fall off when you stew for a while, which gives off a soft, fragrant, and creamy texture. Other parts such as breast or thigh of the chicken can’t bring the same taste, and they are not original, either.

#2 Coconut milk

To make the broth richer, you can use full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. However, using too much is not advisable for your health. Thus, you may want to replace it with low-fat broth.

#3 Tofu puffs

You can lack some of the Laksa toppings, but you can’t miss the tofu puffs. These sponge-like pieces will absorb an adequate Laksa broth when they are floating on the surface. Then you can take a bite to feel the softness, spice, richness, and savor at the same time. Tofu is popular that you can buy at either the local markets or supermarkets.

In conclusion

Malaysian Laksa noodle soup is a signature cuisine in Malaysia that you must try at least once in your life. Its combination of richness, spice, and lusciousness can satisfy the taste of anyone right at the first try. If you have tried this when traveling to Malaysia and are hungry to have more, this article will help you cook the dish by yourself. Now, you can make a simple yet perfect bowl of Malaysia Laksa with local ingredients and easy recipe. Please let us know if you have ideas for the recipe, or tips to make it better.

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