Curry Laksa

claksaMy favorite dish at the Whole Foods Counter Sneak Peak was the Curry Laska (sic). I loved it so much that I had to try to make it at home. With a well stocked pantry and spice cabinet, I was able to pull it off!

If you aren’t familiar with Curry Laksa, it’s a coconut based curry soup popular in Malaysia. You can find it in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. My version is vegan. Popular versions are often made with shrimp, fish, or chicken. I wanted to make something meatless.

Curry Laksa
1 quart Wegman’s Thai Culinary Stock – you can use Swanson Thai Ginger Broth, too
1 can coconut milk
1 – 14 oz pack of tofu
1 bunch of Mung Bean noodles
Scallions
Ginger
Tumeric
Curry
Cayenne
Lemon grass
Lime juice – I used 2 drops of lime essential oil

1. Cut up the tofu into small pieces, sprinkle with ginger, curry and tumeric and bake on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray at 400 for 20-30 minutes. Check it often and stir it around. It will be done when it’s a little more dry and possibly slightly browned.
2. Combine broth and coconut milk with more of the same spices and the lime juice. I realize I don’t have quantities. Leave it to your taste. If you like spicy, add more cayenne. Same applies to everything else (except maybe the lemon grass and lime essential oil – too much is not a good thing). Simmer for 30 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld.
3. When the tofu is done, plop it in the broth. About 10 minutes before serving, add the Mung Bean Noodles.
4. Serve topped with some chopped scallions. You can add a lime wedge, too if you have some.

Just so you know, I made this at 9:00 am and I was perfectly ready to have it for breakfast. But, because I made a small amount and had already texted a photo of it to a friend at work and told her I was bringing it for lunch tomorrow, I had to resist. I will have it for lunch today. There’s pretty much no stopping me.

Was it as good as the version I had at Whole Foods. Well, not quite. Keep in mind they have a store full of ingredients that I don’t have on hand. But it was mighty tasty and has filled my house with a lovely, warm aroma. Perfect to offset the nasty cold rain that’s falling.

I hope you’ll give this a try!

Enjoy!

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