Seafood Laksa Soup

2013-02-23
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

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Seafood Laksa soup.Very delicious Malaysian seafood soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (960 g) raw medium shrimp,shelled and deveined (set the shells,heads and tails aside)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2-3 fresh red chilies,seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 onion,peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic,peeled and halved
  • 3/4-inch(2 cm) piece ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 3 stems lemon grass,white part only,chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons shrimp past
  • 2½ cups (625 ml) coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves,crushed
  • 1-2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 6½ oz (200 g) packet fish balls
  • 6½ oz (200 g) packet tofu puffs
  • 8 oz (240 g) dried rice vermicelli
  • 8 oz (240 g) bean sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons fresh mint,chopped(to serve)

Method

Step 1

To make the shrimp stock,heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in large heavy pan. Add reserved shrimp shells,heads and tails. Stir until heads are bright orange,then add 1 liter water. Bring to a boil,reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain broth through a fine sieve,discarding shells.

Step 2

In a food processor,combine the chili,onion,garlic,ginger,turmeric,coriander,lemon grass and 1/4 cup of shrimp stock. Process until finely chopped.

Step 3

Heat remaining vegetable oil in sauce pan and add the chili mixture and shrimp paste. Stir over low-heat for 3-5 minutes.

Step 4

Pour in remaining shrimp stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the coconut cream,brown sugar,lime leaves and fish sauce. Simmer for additional 5 minutes.

Step 5

Add the shrimps and simmer until just pink. Add the fish balls and tofu puffs and simmer gently until just heated through.

Step 6

In a bowl of boiling water,soak the rice vermicelli for 2 minutes. Drain and divide seafood Laksa soup among serving bowl. Top with bean sprouts and ladle seafood Laksa soup over top. Sprinkle with fresh mint and coriander.

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