October 3, 2008

Penang Noodle Soup – Penang Asam Laksa

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Following the success of the chicken dish (Opor Ayam) anticipation for this Penang Asam Laksa (Penang Noodle Soup) was high.

One ingredient that, and I stand to be corrected, is unavailable in the UK is Knotgrass (I substituted coriander). My little bible – Singaporean, Malaysian & Indonesian Cuisine by Christina Sjahir Hwang – has a handy description of many ingredients at the beginning of the book. While the knotgrass was deemed essential for the authentic flavour of the Soup I’m pretty pleased with the results – maybe not as spicy as I recall from my travels in Malaysia & Singapore but mighty tasty.

Recipe Penang Noodle Soup Penang Asam Laksa

Penang Noodle Soup Penang Asam Laksa

Penang Noodle Soup Penang Asam Laksa
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 450g mackerel
  2. 5 cups seafood stock
  3. 3 tbsp chili paste
  4. 5 tbsp tamarind juice
  5. 2 crushed lemon grass
  6. 1 1/2 tsp sat
  7. 1 tsp sugar
  8. 20 knotgrass leaves
  9. 1/4 cup diced pineapple
  10. 2 sliced shallots
  11. 2 shredded red chili peppers
  12. 1/2 cucumber peeled and shredded
  13. 450g Vietnamese rice noodles
  1. Bring to the boil the stock, chili paste, tamarind juice with the lemon grass. Add the fish and cook for 6 minutes until he fish is cooked.
  2. Drain the liquid through a sieve and return to the boil. Add the salt and sugar and the shredded fish meat. Add the knotgrass before turning off the heat.
  3. Cook the noodles and divide into two portions. Top with the pineapple, shallots, chili and cucumber before pouring the soup over the top.
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  1. Rasa Malaysia October 4, 2008

    I am from Penang and Penang Asam Laksa is my absolute favorite. Bravo for making this. I made it from scratch, too, a few months ago when I was craving it. For the noodles, you can try using Chinese guilin noodles (not sure if they are available in the UK); I find them the closest to the laksa noodles back home, especially those from Penang. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Andrew October 7, 2008

    Can’t say I’ve heard of Guilin noodles but I expect they will be found in China Town or a decent Chinese food shop… I shall have to go look!

  3. Stuart November 13, 2009

    You can buy knotgrass plants in the UK. It’s also called Vietnamese coriander (we make this soup also ๐Ÿ™‚