Dreaming of Laksa

So it is said that Laksa is Malaysia’s signature dish. Yes, I’m going to post so much about Malaysia and her food that the husband will finally give up and take me there himself, to finally end this obsession I’m having with this particular country.

Noodles is one of my comfort foods. It makes me feel good, relaxed, and happily satiated.     I have a long list of must-try food, and Laksa makes it on the top 3. I can, of course, lookup a recipe online and cook Laksa at home, but that first experience should be authentic. And for that authentic experience, I must travel far and wide, specifically to discover Malaysia’s signature dish.

I’m told this is commonly sold by street-side vendors, which makes the experience of trying it even more exciting. Whenever I visit a new place, eating from a hawker’s stand at least once is a must. This is totally against what my mother has been preaching me since childhood, but street food has its own charm (and health hazards, but people get sick from home cooked meals too).

A creamy Sarawak Curry Laksa, from the food hall at Pavilion KL shopping mall, Kuala Lumpur. Picture taken by Terence Carter.

Yep, that’s laksa. It contains fish stock (mostly mackerel and sardines), Vietnamise mint, ginger, shrimps, onion, bird’s eye chillies, chicken, strips of pineapple, pieces of chicken, and thick rice noodles. One of the several types of laksa is the asam laksa, a sour, fish-based soup. It is listed at number 7 on World’s 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go last year.

For my Muslim readers, not all laksa are halal, so we have to be careful!

Have you ever had laksa? How did you find it?

If you’re as interested like me to research more about Malaysia and her cuisine, you can visit the Malaysia Tourism website.

10 comments

  1. Eid Mubarak Nadia!

    Have never tried laksa but now I know something new. So that’s the plan… write about another country to get the husband to take you there hmmm… maybe I should try that one. I want to go somewhere in December but have no money saved for a trip *sigh.*

  2. I have seen pictures of the dish several times but somehow the name was bit of a put off. I’ve really read the ingredients for the first time and it does sound interesting. Probably I’ll try it now if I come across it 🙂

    ps: glad to find your blog again 🙂
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  3. There are actually several types of laksa in Malaysia, depending on the state where it originates. If you are in Penang, then you’ll find laksa Penang. If you are in Sarawak, then there is laksa Sarawak. Each laksa comes with unique ingredients, so the taste is different from each other. Personally, top three laksa that I love are:
    1) Laksa Kedah,
    2) Laksa Johor, and
    3) Laksam (from Kelantan).

    Laksa Kedah is easy to get on the street side, at the night market and also in restaurants. However, the other two laksas mentioned above are normally prepared on special occassions, such as Eid Mubarak or other types of gatherings. Other than that there is also Laksa Sarawak but this is even harder to find on any ordinary day.

    So which one do you think you’ll favour, Nadia? 😉
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    1. Thank you so much for that wealth of information, Atie! You are the queen of Laksa 🙂

      I can’t decide which Laksa I prefer. I’ll have to try all of them!

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