Thursday, April 12, 2012


Singaporeans gathered last night for LAKSA NIGHT 2012

What is LAKSA?
Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore.
Curry laksa (in many places referred to simply as “laksa”) is a coconut-based curry soup. The main ingredients for most versions of curry laksa include bean curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimp and cockles. Some vendors may sell chicken laksa. Laksa is commonly served with a spoonful of sambal chilli paste and garnished with Vietnamese coriander, or laksa leaf, which is known in Malay as daun kesum.

If you wanna cook your own LAKSA,
here's what you need (4 serves):

2 lemon grass (serai)
2 inch galangal (lengkuas)
6 candlenuts (buah keras)
10 shallot (bawang merah)
20 cloves garlic
15 dried chillies or 2 tbsp ground chilli powder
5 fresh red long pepper or chili boh
2 tsp of fine shrimp paste
1 tbsp tumeric powder or 2 thumb size pieces fresh tumeric (kunyit)
2 tbsp coriander (ketumbar) powder
4 ozs dried prawns, ground finely
2 shrimp Knorr Cube
2 can coconut milk
Salt and sugar to taste
1 packet daun kesum (laksa leaves)

For lazy people, you may buy a packet of premix!

(from left) Yazeed, Claire, Yen, James, Jared, Fadila
James joined me as International Student Ambassador (Singapore) this year

I need to clarify some misconception about Singaporeans
1. We are not ALL of Chinese heritage
2. English is our First Language
3. We are mostly multi-lingual (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Tamil etc)

(clockwise from top left) Spicy Fish Cakes, Sambal Chilli, Prawns, Shredded Chicken


"Hou Yeh (好嘢 aka Good Stuff)!"

 "Awesome Laksa is Awesome! LOL"

"Authentic Laksa from Yen! Closest you can get 6,800km away from home!"

Discarded prawn heads and shells can be used to cook flavourful prawn stock
which can be used as soup base prawn noodle or tom yum soup etc
HOW? Simmer heads/shells with garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, pepper, fish sauce, oil, chinese wine and of course water, for about 2 hours - TOO EASY!

Side Dish

James fell asleep after meal (as usual)

Yazeed helps out in preparing dessert

Dessert was Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet is a light cocoa and vanilla flavoured moist cake topped with a white fluffy cream cheese frosting.
The red colouring originally came from the cocoa, however, the bold colouring is achieved nowadays with very liberal use of red food colouring. [SOURCE]

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