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Laksa: My favourite Malaysian Food

Where to find the best Laksa?

Best Laksa

What makes a good Laksa?

Laksa is one of the most popular Malaysian dishes, and it is one of my favorite noodle dishes. Laksa is a spicy noodle soup and a traditional dish for the people who belong to Peranakan culture.

Curry Laksa which is a popular traditional spicy noodle soup photo via Depositphotos
Curry Laksa which is a popular traditional spicy noodle soup photo via Depositphotos

It is a food item that is almost a mix of Chinese and Malay elements. There are many available Laksa varieties, including Curry Laksa, Chicken Laksa, Seafood Laksa, and Asam Laksa.

Best Laksa
Best Laksa

Laksa is a perfect food on an extremely cold day since it can be easily digested. This dish is usually served in a bowl and is aromatic and very tasty. Curry Laksa is also one of my favorites. It is a soup which is made from coconut curry.

The ingredients used with this Laksa include fish, bean curd puffs, shrimp, and cockles. This dish is often served with Sambal chili paste and Laksa leaf, which is popularly known in Malay as ‘Daun Kesum.’

Laksa in Misto at Seda Hotel BGC
Laksa in Misto at Seda Hotel BGC

In Penang, another major city in Malaysia, Curry Laksa is commonly known as Curry Mee. Plain Laksa is also available, which just uses noodles and gravy. The most common variants of Curry Laksa are Laksa Lemak, Katong Laksa, Nyonya Laksa, and Johor Laksa.

Super Spicy Laksa
Super Spicy Laksa

Among the variants of Curry Laksa, the most common variant is ‘Laksa Lemak’, also known as Nyonya Laksa. It is a type of Laksa with heavy coconut gravy, which is sweet, but spiced too. Laksa Lemak is usually prepared with fish gravy.

Curry Laksa just uses green sprouts, and no other vegetables are used. Bean curd puff is also used with this type of Laksa. The hard-boiled egg is also sometimes added with Curry Laksa. Slices of fish, prawn, and chicken are sometimes used with Curry Laksa.

Asam Laksa
Asam Laksa

Another popular variant of Laksa that I like and is popular among the Malaysian people is Asam Laksa. The most common variants of Asam Laksa include Asam Laksa and Penang Laksa. It is essentially a tasty sour-based fish soup. Asam means Tamarind is an important content that gives the stock its sour flavor.

The main ingredient in Asam Laksa is shredded fish, commonly known as kembung fish. This dish also uses sliced vegetables such as cucumber, red chilies, pineapple, and common mint.

Asam Laksa is deliciously served together with thick or thin rice noodles. More taste is provided with a thick sweet prawn and shrimp paste. In some restaurants in Malaysia, Asam Laksa is provided with raw onions also.

Laksa in Mallaca
Laksa in Mallaca

Another form of Laksa is known as Sarawak Laksa, which is a red curry-like soup. It is usually served with only thin rice noodles and is very tasty. A sliced Omelette is also used with this type of Laksa.

It is mostly served with whole prawns and serrated chickens to give that extra taste: mouth-watering. Laksa is one of the best tasty Malaysian foods I love.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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