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Vegan Laksa at home
January 24, 2010, 10:07 pm
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I love laksa, but most restaurants & food stalls that serve ‘vegetable laksa’ still use shrimp paste in the laksa base and meat broth for their stock.

You could, of course, use an online recipe for the paste, and just leave out the shrimp, but I cheated with a jar of Vegan Laksa Paste from Vegan’s Choice in Newtown (next to the Green Gourmet restaurant).

My DIY laksa takes about 10 minutes to make, so is a really easy quick dinner (provided you have the noodles, coconut milk, fried tofu puffs & bean sprouts on hand).

To serve the two of us, I measured about a soup bowl of water into a saucepan, and brought it to a boil with a vegetable stockcube. While the water was boiling I softened a portion of bean thread noodles in each bowl (just cover with hot water from the kettle). When the noodles were soft, I drained them & added a handfull of mung bean sprouts, and 4 or five tofu puffs, sliced in half.

The soup can use any veggies you have- I added sliced zucchini, broccoli, bok choy and mushrooms to the broth, & cooked til just soft. Then I stirred in 2 tablespoons of laksa paste and a good slosh of coconut cream, and ladled the hot soup over the noodles, sprouts & tofu.

I topped the whole thing with fresh coriander & some crispy fried onion. It was incredibly satisfying… and cheap.

We have half a bag of each of tofu puffs, sprouts & noodles leftover, so will make our new summer favourite, ricepaper rolls, this week, too.


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