I’ve tried a couple of laksa varieties now and thought I should have a look at this one. There are a few different types of laksa, this one being asam laksa – but what’s asam laksa all about? I consulted Wikipedia and here’s what it had to say:
Asam laksa is a sour, fish-based soup. It is listed at number 7 on World’s 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go in 2011. Asam (or asam jawa) is the Malay word for tamarind, which is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavor. It is also common to use asam keping (also known as asam gelugor), dried slices of sour mangosteen, for added sourness. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.
The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, “daun kesum” (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with “petis udang” or “hae ko” (蝦羔), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.
Sounds interesting! Perhaps a trip to the store to find some mint leaves and mackerel may be in order today. Sounds like fun to me!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacean. To prepare, add the noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add contents of the seasoning sachet and stir. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has an interesting scent – very curious about this one.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mint leaves, pineapple, sweet onion, Fresno chilli peppers, cucumber, shredded mackerel, shrimp paste, and ginger (couldn’t find torch ginger so had to compromise with kizami shoga). The noodles are as they were before in these SLLLRRP! varieties – they suck up that broth and have a great texture – very enjoyable. The broth has a very different taste. It’s a bit sour and tart, but it’s pretty darn good. Definitely worth a try! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 9555022300214.
A neat series of Mamee SLLRRRP! advertisements – these are for the spicy ones!