Nyonya assam laksa

Main Dish
3 servings
1 hour
20 min
It's a brimming bowl of noodles topped with pineapples, mint leaves, red chilies and onions, soaked in a sour and aromatic broth.


Number of serving: 3

For the broth :

12 fresh sardines (medium size ; cleaned and do not remove the head)

1 inch lengkuas/galangal (crushed/smashed)

1 lemongrass/serai (crushed/smashed)

1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit (crushed/smashed)

2-3 dried tamarind/assam keping

Salt for taste

To assemble (as needed) :

Noodles (blanched to soften)

Red onion (sliced)

Fresh pineapple pieces

Red/birds eye chilies (sliced/chopped)

Salad leaves (sliced)

Mint Leaves

Otak-otak/shrimp paste


  • Add all the ingredients for the broth with 1 liter of water.
  • Simmer over low heat till fish becomes soft and tender.
  • Remove from heat and drain the broth.
  • Flake fish and discard bones and heads.
  • Add fish in broth, season with salt and continue to simmer.
  • Assemble noodles in a bowl and top with onions, mint and salad leaves, pineapples and chilies.
  • Pour broth over and serve with a scoop of otak-otak/shrimp paste.


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