Spicy prawn laksa

Speedy spicy prawn laksa.
Speedy spicy prawn laksa. Photo: Marina Oliphant

A hot, spicy, soupy, noodle dish is perfect for this time of the year. Laksas are a great way to enjoy lots of different seafood. Use any combination you like. I usually use thin hokkien noodles for this dish but you can experiment. Add some makrut lime leaves and sliced chilli for extra zing.


4 tbsp good-quality laksa paste

400ml tin coconut milk

500ml chicken or vegetable stock

200g white fish fillet, cut in chunks

6 green prawns, shelled and deveined

200g fresh Asian noodles

1 small Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced

½ cup bean sprouts

2 tbsp fried shallots

1 spring onion, sliced

Handful fresh coriander to garnish


Heat laksa paste in a medium-size saucepan for a few minutes to release the aroma.

Add coconut milk and stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add fish and prawns.

Gently poach for about five minutes, until cooked.

Place noodles in a large, heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over to cover. Allow to stand for two minutes to heat through, then drain.

Place drained noodles in large serving bowls, pour over laksa and garnish with cucumber, bean sprouts, fried shallots, spring onion and coriander.