Our daughter has been staying with us for Xmas for a few days and tired one evening and not in the mood for anything complicated to make or eat, rummaging around in our cupboards she found the jar of Lahksa paste we had bought at a Chinese supermarket. As it was still in date, and she had fond memories of eating it during her stay in Australia, we nipped off to buy the veggies and made it for supper. It is amazingly easy as it is a one pot meal, and no frying is required. Just 3 minutes boiling – as long as it takes for the Tiger Prawns – raw – to cook…. and you can adjust the coconut powder / milk strength to taste depending on your desire for heat.
You might need a little longer of you use dried rice noodles to soak them – we used fresh – just double the weight for fresh.
This is a simple version of a Malaysian dish – there are much more complicated ones around… see http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/13/curry-laksa-recipe-yotam-ottolenghi for one. I love his books – but they are complicated recipes…
WeightWatchers checked –
|ProPoints® Value: 10 per person
Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 3 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
2 serving(s) lahksa paste 30g each serving
1/2 can(s) Coconut Milk, Reduced Fat, Canned ; or dried powder if available – 1 tbs per person.
1 cube(s) Stock Cube, Vegetable or other veg stock
2 serving(s) Shellfish, Tiger Prawns, Raw (uncooked) 100g each serving
2 portion(s) Noodles, Rice, Dried (medium) 40g each serving or fresh 80g per serving
1 medium bunch Spring Onions, chopped into diamond shapes
1 half Cucumber, sliced into fingers and seeds removed, skin removal optional (medium)
2 tablespoons Beansprouts
2 teaspoons Coriander, Fresh, chopped
Dash of lime juice if liked.
Boil kettle water. Use large stock pan.
[If possible use dried coconut powder as you can then choose strength of soup.]
Add stock to pan and half liter water.
Add prawns and cucumber boil 1 minute. Add lahksa paste. Add coconut milk and cucumber. Boil 1 minute. Add more water so that you have a soup with liquid to drink.
Add spring onion and beansprouts. Boil one minute.
Check seasoning and adjust as required.
Serve with chopped fresh coriander to garnish.