Laksa Soup Recipe | (2024)

Starting Monday with a flavorful meatless vegetarian coconut curry soup made with Malaysian-style red curry paste called Laksa. Just like any other glorious bowl of Curry Soup, I like to eat Laksa soup loaded with zucchini simmered in creamy spicy coconut-curry broth, topped with silky rice noodles and fresh tofu.

Topped with crunchy peanuts, fresh cucumber and generous splash of lime juice... this soup is bowl-of-heaven for curry lovers!

Oh, you know the best part?! I often ready the Laksa paste over the weekend and then enjoy Laksa soup, any day of the week, in just 10 minutes! An amazingly flavorful subtle-spicy broth comes together with Laksa paste, coconut milk, vegetable stock, and splash of lime juice. That sounds easy, isn't it?

I'm sure you thinking red-curry paste and subtle spicy? I agree that red-tone curry pastes are mostly considered spicy due to use of lot of chilies... but laksa soup is not different and has flavor of chilies yet it is not that hot spicy. Actually the sweetness of coconut milk, and hint of sugar balance the spice and makes Laksa broth savoury.

However, if you like heat, you can use more Laksa paste too. Then just dunk-in some rice noodles and slurp!

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First time, I tried Laksa soup in London, UK. We had a 12 hours layover in London. Of course, we got short visa and decided to explore the city a bit. Vishal had lived in London for sometime. So finding our way around, with all train-network of London, was fairly easy.It was cold winter evening and our first stop was in small eatery in busy part of the city. All they sold was some pastries, soups and sandwiches. And Vishal's favorite fish and chips. I think, every eatery in London has fish and chips in their menu. :)

So, shivering in the cold, I was scanning the menu for a familiar soup. Reading the world "curry" I stopped at Curry Laksa Noddle Soup. There was option to add chicken or veggies and I decided to keep it veggie-only. Even talking about that soup bowl reminds me of rich, creamy, aromatic soup. I don't even remember breathing few times before I finished that bowl. And in minutes of, feeling harsh winter, I felt warm head to toe. Indeed it was an unforgettable experience. In-fact, pictures of the soup today are totally inspired from the bowl of soup I drank that day.

I never thought to try and make it at home until last year when UK Chef and TV personality Nigella Lawson shared the picture of Laksa Soup she had in a London restaurant. That day I spent lot of time researching for the recipe... and spent hell lot of time trying to create that silky smooth soup with amazingly beautiful color.

I'm happy to say, after a number of tries, I found the taste and balance of flavor I was looking for. This recipe is very close to my original experience and I love it. Since early this year, it has become a staple in our home.

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How to make Laksa Paste?

Laksa paste is essentially a red curry paste and is back-bone of Laksa soup. Hence the name - Laksa. You will be surprised that such simple 6 ingredients provide depth of flavor and rich color to laksa soup. If you look at the list in recipe below, all are easy to find pantry-staples. I mean, we all have lime, onion, garlic, dried chilies in our kitchen? Right? If you don't have **Sambal Oelek (chili paste) in your pantry? You can replace it with sriracha or any regular Asian chili-garlic paste.

Now, I must tell you that authentic Laksa Paste or laksa recipe uses Lemongrass instead of lemon or lime. I had full plans to use lemongrass too. But, thing is, it is not that easy to find everywhere. Also, lemongrass paste, which is often used to avoid hard stems of lemongrass in soups/curries, is not that easy to find either. So I decided to switch to my trusty ingredient that I often use when recipe calls for lemongrass and I don't have any.

Let me tell you, if you are every get stuck on a recipe due to not finding lemongrass? Just do this: zest a whole lime and mix with three tablespoon of lime juice. For every 1 tbsp of lemongrass paste use 1 tbsp of this mixture. And you will not notice difference in the flavor.

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To make paste, I process all ingredients in food processor until smooth paste forms. If mixture looks too thick, I add a little more oil or lime juice. Laska paste stays good in refrigerator for 1 week. Recipe below is good to make soup twice.

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Originally, Laksa soup is from Malaysian/Singapore region but this recipe is my taste of Laksa from London. I adapted the recipe from a number of sources in attempt to create these flavors. In no particular order, the list of sources referred are listed in the Recipe Notes. During my research, I also came to know that there is a similar version of Laksa soup in Asaam, India. I think, every country leaves their mark on a recipe as it travels.

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So friends, a bowl of laksa soup is perfect to way to enjoy cold fall-winter or evening. Blend a batch of laksa paste in advance, then make vegetarian laksa soup for dinner in just 10 minutes. Find you favorite comfy couch in house... Sip the soup and slurp the noodles. Enjoy!

Wish you wonderful day ahead. -Savita x

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Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Asian () Difficulty: Easy

Yields: 4 cups - Serves: 4

(No. of servings depends on serving size.)


Laksa Paste

Laksa Soup

For Serving/Garnish

Smart Swap: You can use any protein instead of tofu - shrimp or chicken (will not be vegetarian)


  • 1. Make Laksa Paste:To make paste, in food processor jar, add soaked chilies (discard water in which these were soaked), and all ingredients from the Laksa Paste ingredient list above. Process until smooth pasta forms. Remove in a bowl. Paste stays good for up to one week.
  • 2. Cook Rice Noodles:Bring a pot of water to rolling boil and cook rice noodles according to package directions.
  • 3. Saute Soup Base and Veggies:Heat a skillet. Add 1/2 of laksa paste. Saute for 1 minute to develop flavor and also to cook-off raw flavor of onion. Now, add chopped veggies, such as zucchini, (add mushroom or bell pepper if you like) and cook until crisp-tender (not mushy i.e. veggies are cooked but still have bite).
  • 4. Add Liquid and Simmer Soup: Add vegetable stock and coconut milk with *1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp lime juice, and generous pinch of salt. Bring to boil and simmer until just started to thicken (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat. Taste broth and adjust salt, sugar and lime juice.
  • 5. Assemble Laksa Soup and Serve:In four serving bowls, add serving of cooked noodles, ladle soup on top dividing equally. Top with sliced tofu, sliced cucumber, cilantro and more chilies. Serve and enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

Sambal Oelek is not vegan whereas rest of the ingredients in this soup are all vegan. So, you can replace sambal paste with a regular vegan chili-garlic paste to make this soup vegan.

* I end up adding up-to a tbsp sugar to balance the flavors. Also, it is best to taste and adjust salt. Salt brings out the flavor of everything - coconut, curry paste. Sauce may take 2-5 minutes to thicken. Keep simmering until soup has desired consistency.

Disclaimer: Recipe adapted from: here and here


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What does laksa mean in English? ›

Laksa is a spicy Malaysian soup that you can find all over South East Asia made with coconut milk, rice noodles and either fish or meat. The name translates as '10,000' or 'many' – depending on who you listen to – on account of the high number of ingredients.

What is laksa paste made of? ›

Laksa paste generally contains dried chilies, shallots, turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind, galangal and shrimp paste. Our version includes all of the aforementioned, as well as makrut lime leaves, cashews and tamari.

What is laksa broth made of? ›

In addition to those spices, the basic ingredients of Sarawak Laksa are rice vermicelli, chicken, fried tofu, omelette, bean sprouts, black mushrooms, shrimp, boiled eggs and musk. The broth is made from a mixture of sambal belacan, coconut milk, tamarind juice, garlic, galangal and lemongrass.

What does laksa taste like? ›

The Nyonya laksa is sometimes dubbed the original laksa as the recipe was passed down by the Peranakan community, many of whom still live in Melaka today. The laksa has a seafood-based broth, but added with coconut milk. This gives the soup a slightly creamy, sweet flavor but with a spicy kick.

Why is laksa so good? ›

The Laksa is a perfect balance of flavours. The sweet, sour, spicy and sour elements go perfectly well the rice noodles, prawns, tofu puffs and fish meat.

Is laksa inflammatory? ›

This Laksa curry is super flavorful, anti inflammatory and delightful. The paste can be made at home and used whenever you want a bowl of the soup or a quick stir fry.

Is laksa a soup or curry? ›

Laksa: A Noodle Soup That's Bold on Flavor

The most well-known version of laksa is sometimes called curry laksa and it's made from a paste that combines shallots, garlic, turmeric, lemongrass, candlenut or cashew, and galangal.

What ethnicity is laksa soup? ›

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup from Malaysia, also found in other South East Asian counties including Singapore and Indonesia. Laksa as we know it here in Australia is made with a coconut broth that is spicy and fragrant.

Is laksa good for you? ›

Health Risks: Regular consumption of Laksa, particularly because of its high saturated fat and sodium content, could pose health risks like increased heart disease and hypertension risk.

What kind of noodles are used in laksa? ›

Laksa is spicy, fragrant noodle soup found across Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It consists of noodles (either wheat noodles, rice vermicelli, or egg noodles/hokkien noodles) in a thick broth made with spices, fresh aromatics, shrimp paste, and coconut milk.

How do you eat laksa? ›

Its defining characteristic is the noodles: thick vermicelli cut into shorter pieces that can be easily slurped up with a spoon. At some stalls, you only get a spoon to eat the laksa–no chopsticks needed.

What are the 2 types of laksa? ›

There are three basic types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa, and another variant that can be identified as either curry or asam laksa. Curry laksa is a coconut milk curry soup with noodles, while asam laksa is a sour, most often tamarind-based, soup with noodles.

What can I substitute for laksa paste? ›

What can you substitute for Laksa paste? If you can't find laksa paste at your local grocery store or local asian market, don't worry! You can use Thai red or yellow curry paste instead in this recipe. Thai curry pastes have very similar ingredients and a very similar flavour profile to laksa paste.

Is laksa Chinese or Thai? ›

At its core, laksa is a spiced noodle soup. While it is mostly associated with Malaysia and Singapore, it is also popular in Indonesia and southern Thailand.

Is laksa and curry the same? ›

Thai curry and Malaysian laksa are both flavorful and aromatic dishes, but they have several key differences: 1. Base and Flavor Profile: - Thai curry typically uses a base of coconut milk and is known for its creamy texture and rich, spicy flavors.

Is laksa similar to ramen? ›

Presenting “laksa”, a southeast asian ramen-like dish served with a spicy and sour fish-based broth.


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