Get Inspiration For Your Next Trip

Indulge in Singaporean Comfort: Authentic Laksa Recipe

 Indulge in Singaporean Comfort: Authentic Laksa Recipe

Laksa is a beloved noodle soup that embodies the vibrant flavors of Singaporean cuisine. This aromatic dish combines creamy coconut broth, fragrant spices, and a medley of ingredients to create a satisfying culinary experience. Join us as we unravel the secrets of making authentic Laksa at home.

The Essence of Laksa

Laksa is a flavorful noodle soup that reflects Singapore's multicultural heritage, blending Malay, Chinese, and Peranakan influences. This dish is known for its rich and spicy coconut-based broth, complemented by noodles and a variety of toppings.

Ingredients for Laksa:

For the Laksa Paste:

  • 5-6 dried red chilies, soaked in hot water and deseeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots
  • 1-inch piece of galangal or ginger, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, soaked in hot water
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Soup Base:

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 liter chicken or seafood stock
  • 200g prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 200g chicken breast, sliced thinly
  • 200g firm tofu, sliced into cubes
  • 200g rice vermicelli noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • Salt, to taste

For Garnish:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves
  • Hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • Sambal chili paste (optional)


1. Prepare the Laksa Paste:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine soaked dried chilies, garlic, shallots, galangal (or ginger), dried shrimp, ground coriander, ground turmeric, lemongrass, and vegetable oil.
  2. Blend until you get a smooth paste. Add a bit of water if needed to facilitate blending.

2. Cook the Laksa Soup:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the Laksa paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Pour in coconut milk and chicken or seafood stock. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add sliced chicken breast and tofu cubes. Simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir in fish sauce, palm sugar (or brown sugar), and salt to taste.

3. Assemble the Laksa:

  1. Divide cooked rice vermicelli noodles into serving bowls.
  2. Ladle the hot Laksa soup over the noodles.
  3. Top with cooked prawns, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro leaves, and halved hard-boiled eggs.
  4. Serve immediately with a side of sambal chili paste for extra heat (if desired).

Cultural Insights:

Laksa is a popular street food in Singapore, with different variations found across Southeast Asia. The dish reflects the fusion of Malay and Chinese culinary traditions, highlighting the use of aromatic spices and creamy coconut milk.

Experience the Flavors of Laksa

Whether you're a seasoned chef or an adventurous home cook, making Laksa from scratch allows you to appreciate the complexity and depth of Singaporean cuisine. Let the bold flavors and comforting warmth of Laksa transport you to the bustling hawker stalls of Singapore.

Share Your Laksa Journey

Have you tried Laksa before? Share your cooking experience and favorite toppings in the comments below. Let's celebrate the joys of culinary exploration and indulge in the diverse flavors of Singaporean Laksa together!