Recipe Penang Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa is a renowned Malaysian dish that is particularly popular in the Penang region and is known for its vibrant blend of sour and spicy flavors. This recipe combines a symphony of ingredients that tantalize the taste buds, making it a favorite among locals and food enthusiasts worldwide.

Ingredients:

  1. 500g mackerel fish
  2. 200g rice noodles (thick)
  3. 1 liter water
  4. 3 stalks lemongrass (bruised)
  5. 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  6. 4-5 pieces tamarind pulp (soaked in water, strained)
  7. 150g pineapple (sliced)
  8. 100g cucumber (julienned)
  9. 50g mint leaves
  10. 50g laksa leaves (Vietnamese mint)
  11. 4-5 red chilies (seeded, sliced)
  12. 4-5 shallots (sliced)
  13. 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  14. 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  15. 1 tablespoon oil
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Sugar to taste

Instructions:

  1. Boil the mackerel fish in water until cooked. Remove, debone, and flake the fish.
  2. heat oil and sauté shallots, garlic, and shrimp paste until fragrant in a separate pot.
  3. Add water, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and tamarind juice. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, add flaked fish, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and sugar according to taste.
  6. Meanwhile, blanch rice noodles until cooked. Drain and set aside.
  7. place a portion of rice noodles in a bowl to serve.
  8. Ladle the hot fish broth over the noodles.
  9. Garnish with pineapple slices, cucumber, mint leaves, laksa leaves, and sliced red chilies.
  10. Serve immediately.

Tips:

  • Adjust the amount of tamarind juice, salt, and sugar to balance the sourness, saltiness, and sweetness according to your preference.
  • For a spicier kick, increase the number of red chilies or add chili paste.
  • Fresh ingredients enhance the flavor, so try to use them whenever possible.
  • You can substitute mackerel with other firm-fleshed fish like mackerel tuna or Spanish mackerel.

Variations:

  • Vegetarian Option: Replace fish broth with vegetable broth and omit the fish. Enhance with tofu or tempeh for protein.
  • Creamier Version: Add coconut milk to the broth for a richer texture.
  • Seafood Asam Laksa: Include prawns, squid, cockles, and fish for a seafood medley.

Nutritional Information: Note: Nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.

  • Calories: Approximately 350 kcal per serving
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 25g

Conclusion:

Asam Laksa Penang is not just a dish; it's a cultural experience that reflects the diverse culinary heritage of Malaysia. With its tangy broth, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices, this dish captures the essence of Malaysian cuisine. Whether enjoyed as a comforting meal or shared with friends, Asam Laksa never fails to leave a lasting impression with its bold and unforgettable flavors.

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