It was a heavy, tepid evening. I was listlessly gathering the laundry which had dried crisply in the sweltering afternoon heat (I love sun dried laundry). Like a splash of water on hot sand, I suddenly craved the spiciness of Malay laksa. You know what they say about spicy foods cooling you down on a hot day? (Read more here). Perhaps that’s what was going on. Laundry hurriedly folded and put away, I ploughed through my pantry and refrigerator to see if I could satisfy the unusual craving. I wanted the spicy, creamy soup, and I wanted it fast. That day, the laksa gods were smiling upon me. I had a packet of pre-made Malay Curry laksa paste! However, I had to seriously improvise. There was fried bean curd and some leftover chicken – check. In the vegetable department, I only had some cabbage and carrots, no bean sprouts which traditionally goes with this laksa. The Yakisoba noodles which I’d bought to cook Hokkien Mee with got conscripted for laksa instead. In the end, the taste-testers at home gave it a two-thumbs up and my craving was more than satiated. This one was definitely making it onto my recipe list.
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Felix’s Original Chicken Curry Laksa
- ½ chicken breast
- ½ cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 2-4 eggs, hard boiled
- 2 cups fried bean curd (‘tau pok’), ready-made in 1″ cubes
- 1 packet Yakisoba noodles, cooked according to instructions (I like the Twin Marquis brand)
- 1 packet Malaysian Kari Chicken (I like the Tean’s Gourmet brand)
- 4 oz/100 ml coconut milk
- Place chicken breast in boiling water and simmer till it’s no longer pink. Using a pair of forks, shred the meat and set aside.
- Place cabbage into a pot of boiling water with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of sugar. Boil for 5 minutes and set aside. (Credit for this super simple recipe goes to a friend who taught me how to make this for Saint Patrick’s Day. I call it “Pat’s Always-Perfect Boiled Cabbage”)
- Boil carrots and set aside.
- Peel hard-boiled eggs and set aside.
- Bring 3½ cups of water to boil. Add curry laksa paste and coconut milk and stir well.
- Add fried bean curd and simmer till tofu is soft.
- Dish some noodles into bowls. Warm up the noodles briefly in microwave if necessary.
- Place chicken and vegetables over noodles. Add ½ or 1 egg to each bowl.
- Spoon soup over noodles and enjoy!
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