Laksa, A Taste of Home

Laksa is one of things that reminds me of home.  Having grown up in South-east Asia I cannot stop talking about how the region has the best food.  Laksa described simply, is noodles in a curry soup.  But what an amazing curry soup!  I have not had a good laksa outside of Southeast Asia.  Even as a child I loved it and would load up on the sambal (chile paste). It is quite a mild curry without the addition of chile and suitable for children.  Unfortunately, Ria has only had Laksa out of a box (pre-made curry paste bought when we travel to Asia) and loves it.  I cannot wait to have her try the real deal and watch her slurp and make a huge mess with noodles and curry.  If you have had a good laksa outside of Asia please tell us where and if you have a tried and tested recipe from scratch that works – please do send it our way!

I recently gave Stacie a packet of the pre-made laksa curry paste to try…and here’s how it went…..

With excitement I opened my package and mixed all the various bits and pieces together. I guess you would call this convenience food since it came out of a box, but I was struck by how how many flavor components there were… say compared to good old Mac and cheese, the reigning convenience food of most kids around these parts. Coconut creamy-ness, the salty tang of fish sauce, bit of heat even before adding the optional sambal. Picturing kids in Singapore happily slurping their Laksa kind of makes you think about what we’ve programmed ourselves to think about kid food and it inspires me to be a little bolder in pushing the boundaries. I can also easily understand how these kind of flavors would make you homesick once you moved far away.

Laksa was a fun thing for my family to discover. Now that I’ve had my starter taste out of a box, I’m hungry to go searching for the real thing. Since we have no travel plans to Singapore in the near future, I guess we’re going to have to figure out who makes good Laksa in the Bay Area. I looked at a few recipes, but I think this might be one to leave to the experts for now.