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Assam laksa

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Assam LaksaRecipe type: Main Dish
Number of serving: 3 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
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8 medium size sardine fish
Laksa noodles (as needed or any other choice of noodles)
3 asam keping/dried tamarind pieces
3 stalks of daun kesum/Vietnamese mint or laksa mint (pluck the leaves out)
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Spices To Blend
10-15 dried red chillies
1 lemongrass
4 shallots
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste

For Garnishing/Topping
1 red onion (sliced)
1 bunga kantan/ginger bud
2 red chillies
1/4 cucumber
2 stalks mint leaves
Otak-otak/ready-made shrimp paste (as needed)
All these ingredients to be sliced thinly except for the mint, just pluck the leaves out.

Boil the fishes in 1 litre of water until cooked.
Remove and let it cool down.
Pull out all the fish flesh carefully without any bones.
Add back all the flesh/pieces into the pot again.
Include in the blended spices, tamarind pieces, salt and the daun kesum and let it simmer over low heat until a boiling point.

To Serve
In a bowl, add the needed amount of noodles and all the garnishing/topping ingredients as well as 1/2 tbsp or 1 tsbp otak-otak.

Serve immediately while the soup is still hot.

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