Assam laksa

Main Dish
3 servings
20 min
30 min


Number of serving: 3
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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