Crayfish laksa


For the paste

* 2 tsp dried prawns, dry roasted
* 1 tsp belacan (dried shrimp paste), dry roasted
* 1 tsp fresh turmeric, grated
* 5cm piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
* 3 birds eye chillies
* 3 coriander roots, washed twice
* 1 lemongrass stalk, outer layer removed and finely sliced
* 15 Vietnamese mint leaves
* 8 kaffir lime leaves, rib removed
* 6 red shallots, peeled and sliced
* 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
* 30g candlenuts
* 1 tsp coriander seeds, roasted and ground

For the laksa

* 440ml coconut milk
* 500ml light chicken stock
* fish sauce
* lime juice
* palm sugar
* 1 x 1kg freshly cooked whole crayfish
* 400g teardrop rice noodles
* 100g bean shoots
* 1/2 bunch Vietnamese mint, picked
* 1/2 bunch coriander, picked
* 3 tbsp fried shallots
* 1 birds eye chilli, seeded and finely sliced
* 2 kaffir lime leaves, cut into fine threads


· For the paste: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a paste.
· Fry the paste in a little oil to release the fragrances.
· For the laksa: Add coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the stock and simmer a further 10 minutes. Season with fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar to taste (it should be salty, sour and sweet all at once).
· Remove tail meat from the shell and cut into 2cm chunks. Remove leg meat from the shell and reserve with the crayfish chunks.
· Put the noodles in boiling water for 1 minute and strain.
· Warm the crayfish meat in a small pot of simmering laksa. When hot, strain off the cray meat, and add the broth back into the main pot.
· Mix the bean shoots, Vietnamese mint, coriander leaves, 2 tbsp shallots and chilli in a bowl.
· Divide the noodles between four deep bowls. Place a handful of the bean shoot mix in the centre of each bowl. Share the warmed cray meat between each bowl, arranging around the bean shoots.
· Ladle the hot laksa broth around the bean shoots to barely cover the cray meat.
· Garnish with kaffir lime threads and remaining shallots.

Serves 4

source: cuisine.com

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