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Meet Malaysia's Widely Popular Bowl of Comfort
Where did Laksa originate? A bowl can be found in Thailand, through into Malaysia, down into Singapore and Indonesia. There is an ongoing debate on this topic, some believe that the immigrants from China settled it in Malacca. As noodles were introduced to the local cuisine. Least to say, this marvellous creation started showing up in Southeast Asia during the spice trade, with the marriage of cuisines brought together around the 16th century.
Malaysia is well known for its Laksa, which means spicy noodle soup. One form of Laksa is Curry Laksa, also known as Laksa Lemak. Every state in Malaysia has their own take of a Laksa, which is not necessarily a curry base. In fact there are two schools of laksa, curry or asam (sour with tamarind) base. Although, the term "laksa" is commonly used interchangeably as curry mee (northern parts of Malaysia) or curry laksa (in southern parts of Malaysia) for a bowl of curry noodles in coconut soup.
Laksa can be found all through out the day in Malaysia. It is a popular breakfast and lunch meal. Bowls of of Laksa will range in style and toppings from a hawker stall, kopitiam or cafe.
Here we introduce you to an Ipoh Style Laksa which is from the State of Perak, northwest of Peninsular Malaysia. In Ipoh, the capital city of Perak, laksa is a popular staple found in a soup or dry form of noodles. It is enjoyed with mint leaves and has a nice rich coconut curry broth. The spiciness and fragrance of spices that compliments each bowl, will never fail to satisfy ones appetite for more.
Our Ipoh Laksa recipe is from Sara’s best-kept family secret. You will find generational roots in the recipe behind this product at Kopi Thyme. We bring to you a recreation of her paternal grandparent’s secret formula that has been improved over the last 40 years by her father and grandmother. This will transport you to her family ran kopitiam in Johor, Malaysia.
Dry Hor Fun Ipoh Laksa at Restoran Ka Poh. Johor, Malaysia
Sara's favourite way of enjoying it is with, hor fun (thick rice noodles) and made as a dry curry. This is done by making a concentrated and curry soup that is thicker with the use of less water. Topped with shredded chicken, shrimp and fried tofu puffs.
Bringing you one bowl at a time, a glimpse of a great dish that is found at a kopitiam/hawker stall from Malaysia right here in your own kitchen.
Transporting you with every sip of broth and slurp of noodles, it's like being in a kopitiam right at home!
Now, with Kopi Thyme this is made possible in 3 simple steps!
Step 1. Make your soup:
All you need is Kopi Thyme's Ipoh Laksa, water and coconut milk.
*Adjust water and coconut milk to your liking. For thicker broth use less water, for lighter broth use less coconut milk or option to use a splash of milk with water.
Step 2. Add your toppings:
Great with char siew, steamed chicken, boiled egg, tofu puff, boiled shrimp and clams. Vegetables such as long beans and bean sprouts.
Or use anything that is in your fridge.
Step 3. Boil your noodles:
- Yau noodles/yellow noodle/油麵
- Rice vermicelli/ Bee hoon/Mi hoon
- Hor fun/ flat rice noodles
- Egg noodles
Enjoy! Jom Makan!
Different Ways to Enjoy Ipoh Laksa