Seafood Laksa Seafood Laksa

Author: Canadian Living

Heat Rating: Fiery Almost any kind of fish is suitable for this fabulously tasty meal in a bowl, but we recommend halibut or catfish.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2003



In small saucepan, bring tamarind pulp and 2 cups (500 mL) water to boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through sieve into large saucepan, pressing with spatula to extract liquid; discard solids. Set aside.

In small skillet, toast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and peppercorns over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. In clean coffee grinder, grind to fine powder; set aside. In same pan and using fork, mash shrimp paste; cook over medium heat, mashing, until crumbly, dry and very smelly. Transfer to food processor.

Slice lemongrass paper-thin; add to food processor.

Break dried hot peppers in half; shake out and discard seeds. In clean coffee grinder, grind until coarse powder. Add to food processor along with chopped shallots, finger hot peppers, garlic, ginger and 1 cup (250 mL) water; purée until fairly smooth. Add to tamarind liquid in saucepan. Stir in 8 cups (2 L) water, sugar, turmeric, salt and coriander seed mixture; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Add fish; cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add shrimp; cook for 2 minutes. Add squid; cook for 1 minute.

Meanwhile, bring large pot of water to boil; add noodles. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. (Or, if using rice stick noodles, cook according to package instructions.) Drain; divide among 6 warmed large soup bowls. Keep warm.

Ladle soup over noodles. Top with pineapple, cucumber, onion, pickled shallots, then mint. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over top.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 1053 mg
  • Protein 45 g
  • Calories 574.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 251 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 87 g


  • Iron 52.0
  • Folate 25.0
  • Calcium 16.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
  • Vitamin C 37.0
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