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.