Sarawak Laksa

duration180 mins
meal_typeLunch, Dinner
cooking_typeBoil, Simmer
taste_typeSavory, Sour, Umami


  • 300 g fine rice vermicelli
  • 300 g fresh yellow noodles
  • 300 g sarawak laksa paste
  • 300 g beansprouts
  • 300 g uncooked prawns , shelled and deveined
  • 200 g chicken breast meat
  • 2.5 litres chicken broth
  • 200 g thick coconut milk
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten to make omelette
  • 6 calamansi cut in halves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp normal sugar
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 3 red chillies


  1. First, cook the prawns in boiling water for 3 to 6 minutes until they turn pink.
  2. Peel and devein the prawns, reserving the heads and shells for cooking the laksa stock.
  3. Then poach chicken breast meat in a pot of water / chicken broth and then take it out.
  4. Once cooled, shred the chicken meat and set aside.
  5. Add the laksa prawn paste into the pot of chicken broth.
  6. Then add in the prawn shells into the stock and bring to a boil. The more prawn shells you add, the tastier the broth.
  7. Cover and on low heat, allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Then, sieve the laksa spices and prawn shells out of the stock. You will get a lovely prawn and chicken laksa stock.
  9. Bring the laksa stock to a boil again.
  10. Then, add coconut milk and stir well. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  11. Taste and season with salt and sugar. And we're done cooking the laksa broth.
  12. Next, blanch briefly the rice vermicelli and noodles in boiling water for a minute and drain well before serving.
  13. Then, blanch the bean sprouts for a minute. Drained and set aside.
  14. Beat eggs and fry them thinly on a frying pan.
  15. Cut into strips and set aside.
  16. Pluck mint leaves and cut coarsely coriander leaves for garnishing and set aside.
  17. Cut red chillies into long strips, for colours. Set aside. And we're done. Time to assemble everything together.
  18. Place the noodles in a bowl, add chicken strips, omelette strips, prawns and bean sprouts. Then pour the hot laksa soup over the ingredients. Garnish with coriander and mint leaves, and then a squeeze of lime. As always, ENJOY!
Please be mindful of any allergies you and/or your family may have before you try out this recipe.