A version of a 'Laksa', this easy soup makes a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Laksa paste is a mixture of aromatics and usually peanuts and shrimp paste. One of the beauties of this recipe is that it is easily adaptable - add chicken, pork, beef, omit the tofu...use whatever you have on hand to complete the dish. —Rebecca Steere
fresh lemongrass, fresh ginger, coconut oil, Laksa paste (can be found in Asian grocery stores), tofu, fresh or dried rice noodles, coconut milk, chicken or vegetable broth
minced lemongrass center
coconut oil or cooking oil
cubed firm tofu
broth, chicken or vegetable
dried or fresh rice noodles
Garnishes: bean sprouts, cilantro, green onion, mint, basil,thai chili, lime
blanched bean sprouts
combined herbs such as basil, cilantro, mint, stemmed and chopped
Prepare rice noodles according to package directions. While noodles are being prepared, heat pan and add coconut oil. Add lemongrass and ginger until fragrant but not browned. Next, add Laksa paste and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add tofu and very gently stir until tofu is covered with paste and browning slightly. Add coconut milk and chicken broth and simmer for about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Meanwhile prepare garnishes and divide rice noodles into 2 large bowls (sometimes it helps to rinse the noodles if they are sticking together); cover noodles with steaming soup. Garnish as desired.