Shrimp Curry Laksa {Malaysia Kitchen}

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A couple of years ago I was watching Anthony Bourdain No Reservations when he traveled to Penang, Malaysia. I was completely taken by his experience and it made a lasting impression on me. It is a city I WILL one day travel to and experience for myself. I love every episode of every show that Anthony Bourdain creates, but this one was special and the food looked and sounded absolutely amazing.

I began looking into Malaysian food, particularly their street food. Street food often is the best place to start when beginning a new culinary experience in a foreign country. It is usually the native people’s favorite dishes, served everywhere, fast and delicious. Can’t miss.

So what is Malaysian food all about? Malaysian cuisine is a fascinating blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food traditions, with Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese and Middle Eastern influences. In other words, it’s, in my eyes, the most delicious culinary melting pot EVER. I’m talking curry, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, cardamom… ingredients and spices that I try to weave into my every meal. Oh, the layers of flavor — and I am using many in my recipe today!

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When Malaysian Kitchen, a national initiative of the Malaysian Government with an aim to educate the masses about the deliciousness of Malaysian cuisine and restaurants, came to me about creating a Malaysian dish to share with ITKM readers, I was all over it. Check out Malaysia Kitchen for the World for the latest info on Malaysian cuisine, including recipes and a list of the best Malaysian restaurants here in the States.

I’ve made lots of satay in my time but I wanted to make something I never had before. A very popular street food in Malaysia is Laksa, which is a noodle dish that can come either as a broth soup or creamy curry. I went online and poured over many different recipes, pulling ingredients and flavor profiles from various recipes to come up with my own.

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Often times I find the BEST looking foreign recipes but the ingredients are so hard to find. I’m not into giving you guys recipes you cannot make easily in the States so all ingredients I used in this Laksa are from my local grocery stores and World Market (aka Cost Plus). World Market is an awesome place to find authentic foreign ingredients… I get lost in those aisles!

For this recipe I used Lingham’s Hot Sauce found at World Market or on Amazon. It is basically 100% red chiles and has a great heat level with a yummy sweetness. It is great in my Laksa broth (and really great for grilling I found out last night).

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Okay so let’s get to the recipe!

Shrimp Curry Laksa


4 C chicken stock
3 Tbl coconut oil
2 1/2 Tbl red curry paste
2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
1 medium onion, quartered
4 garlic cloves
1 tomato
1 red chili
1/2 inch ginger, peeled
2 13.5oz cans quality coconut milk
1 Tbl Lingham’s Hot Sauce
2 Tbl fish sauce
1/2 lb rice noodles
1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
15 shrimp, de-veined, peeled
1 lemon
garnish – mint leaves, cilantro leaves, green onion, bean sprouts, lime wedges


  1. In a food processor, pulse together onion, garlic, tomato, chili and ginger until you have a fine dice.
  2. In a stockpot, add the oil and sauté the red curry paste until aromatic. Add in the onion mixture and sauté until golden brown. Add in chicken stock and lemongrass. Simmer for 30 min. Finish with coconut milk, hot sauce and fish sauce.
  3. While simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the rice noodles according to the packaging. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until white throughout, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze juice from a fresh lemon over top.
  5. Assemble 4 bowls – noodles, shrimp, hot soup over top. Garnish with cilantro, mint, green onion and bean sprouts. Serve immediately with lime wedge.

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  1. January 26, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply

    This looks really amazing! I love trying foods from other cultures and I’m all about spice. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  2. January 26, 2015 at 7:18 am — Reply

    This look amazing! All my fave ingredients.

  3. January 26, 2015 at 8:33 am — Reply

    This looks amazing! I love curry and shrimps. Def. gonna try this!

  4. January 26, 2015 at 9:41 am — Reply

    Oooooo la la, this looks so delicious! I want to give this a try also!

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