Monday, September 15, 2014

Dry Laksa

I ate this dry laksa at one the eatery at Westgate shopping mall, so impressed by it taste, equally nice as the soup base laksa which is my all time favourite, even my 10 yr old year love laksa too. After that, I kept thinking about it and decided to give it a try since I had a small pack of pre-mix laksa paste at home to clear stock.

While I was typing this post, I was salivating while looking at the pix lol. But can't eat now, need to wait till fully recover from my cough and sore throat.

Recipe adapted from Extra Virgin Chef with modification

Ingredients : (for 7-8 pax)
1 kg thick vermicelli
3 tbsp dried prawns (hay-bee), chopped into small pieces
300g laksa paste (I mixed 2 kind of paste, one is Prima brand and the other one is from a famous local caterer as my mil's best friend so nice to supply her)
laksa Leaves (for cook coarsely chopped and garnish, finely chopped)
1 tbsp sugar or to taste
300ml coconut milk
2 big fried fish cakes, julienned or sliced (I used those one selling for S$1.50)
beansprouts (I bought for S$0.50)
10 square fried bean curd (taupok)
200g medium sized Prawns, deshelled and sliced in horizontal halves 
200g chicken breast, sliced

1. Boil pot of water, add vermicelli and cook for about 1 mins, drained and set aside.
2. In a large pan under medium to high heat, add some oil and stir fry dried prawns till fragrant.
3. Reduce heat and pour laksa paste and laksa leaves in. Stir fry occasionally till fragrant and oil is released from the paste. 
4. Add sugar and stir well. Be careful not to burn the paste. 
5. Add coconut milk and put back to medium heat.
6. Add all other ingredients - bean curd, beansprout, chicken meat,  fishcake, except the prawns, and stir fry with the paste. When well incorporated, add prawns. 
7. Add in vermicelli, add fish sauce to taste, mix well.
8. Add water or more coconut milk (if you prefer more coconutty) if is too dry or if you prefer wetter version.
9. Dish out, garnish with chopped laksa leaves and serve.

This is so so delicious, I received so much compliments for it. This is the dish that I definitely recommend to Laksa lover, and I am planning that this is definitely gonna appear in my next party heeheehee...

The most compliment came from dear daughter, who 1st heard is dry laksa, pull down her face. She love laksa cos she likes to drink the gravy, when she knew that I cooked dry version she wasn't happy about it. However after she tried, she asked twice for refill, she ate 3 plates in total. Another one from my friend, who ate the dry laksa at Westgate with me, she tried and said is even better than the Westgate one. Isn't it the best compliment hahahaha....

I wouldn't say that all credits come to me, I must said that with the good laksa paste, this dish definitely gonna impress a lot of people :D. Next time I am going to challenge myself to make my own laksa paste. 

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest (Singapore) – September Month hosted by Grace Phua of Life can be Simple


  1. I am a laksa lover and looking at your dry laksa made me drooled. Thanks for sharing,

  2. Hi Jess, your dry laksa is making me hungry. lol. Btw, CONGRATULATIONS ! You're one of the four winner of the NuNaturals giveaway of my blog. Please kindly send me you contact address by email asap, so that I can make the arrangement soon. Package will be sent directly from US. Hope this will make your day.
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  3. 不要那样的引诱我 hor 。。。。。 我会流口水的。
    哈哈哈 。。。。。。。。 我还有想念新加坡 cass 家的美食。 喀喀喀

  4. Your noodle stir-fry looks very very tasty and moreish!

  5. Jess, I simply love laksa! Looking at your pix, makes me salivate too....ooops, now I feel hungry!

  6. Jess, 我还没吃午餐,可以给我弄一碗吗?呵呵呵~

  7. Wah, Jess! You are making me hungry just by looking at your Dry Laksa!

  8. I have never eaten dry laksa before but it sounds so delicious. Will want to try it too, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Great idea to have dried laksa! Looks delicious.

  10. mouthwatering laksa! i know i will love this!

  11. Hi sorry can I ask? When u use the laksa paste from prima is strictly only the laksa paste packet & not include the premix (coconut) packet ?

    1. I have the same question and google to find out that they use another type; Prima laksa paste for fried rice. That only has the paste and no premix.

    2. I have the same question and google to find out that they use another type; Prima laksa paste for fried rice. That only has the paste and no premix.

    3. Hi sorry for late reply. If I am not wrong, there is 2 types of pre-mix from Prima, one is box package which is for cooking laska, soup base. One is for fried rice, a small plastic packet. I used the one for fried rice as I wanna clear stock, as I had a packet of laksa paste from my MIL's friend.

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