Recipe: Spicy prawn laksa

CAROLINE VELIK
Last updated 15:10 09/01/2013
prawn laksa
Marina Oliphant

USE YOUR NOODLE: Spicy prawn laksa.

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Main ingredient Prawns
Type of dish Asian
Course Main course
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes 2
Special options Nut-free

A hot, spicy, soupy, noodle dish like this one makes for an easy after-work dinner. Laksas are a great way to enjoy lots of different seafood. Use any combination you like. I usually use thin hokkien noodles for this dish but you can experiment. Add some kaffir lime leaves and sliced chilli for extra zing.

SPICY PRAWN LAKSA

4 Tbsp good-quality laksa paste
400ml tin coconut milk
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
200g white fish fillet, cut in chunks
6 green prawns, shelled and deveined
200g fresh Asian noodles
1 small Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 cup bean sprouts
2 Tbsp fried shallots (available from Asian supermarkets)
1 spring onion, sliced
Handful fresh coriander to garnish

1. Heat laksa paste in a medium-size saucepan for a few minutes to release the aroma.

2. Add coconut milk and stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add fish and prawns.

3. Gently poach for about five minutes, until cooked.

4. Place noodles in a large, heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over to cover. Allow to stand for two minutes to heat through, then drain.

5. Place drained noodles in large serving bowls, pour over laksa and garnish with cucumber, bean sprouts, fried shallots, spring onion and coriander.

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