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2007.10.19

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DW

Hey, the two blog entries on Sarawak I've read so far tell me I've found a new place to waste even more "company time".

Notwithstanding the picture of Mr. Min Joo sporting a bright red VEDAN apron -- VEDAN being Taiwan's biggest maker of MSG -- that bowl of Laksa looks truly sublime.

I'm so moved by the picture I feel compelled to pen this poem:
A bowl of laksa with neither lime nor sambal season-
ing, I find in the why and the wherefore neither rhyme nor reason-
ing.

DeV|LisH

You should try chong choon that one even better and u may refer to this link for laksa location k? :D

http://real-sarawaklaksa.blogspot.com/

but for me i prefer chong choon / foody goody / jin ming cafe nicer :D

Robyn

DW - Oh yes, you could easily 'waste' several days eating around Kuching. And what a lovely, and appropriate poem...

DeV - yes, Chong Choon gets all the raves and we'll try it next time we're in Kuching. I really liked this vendors soup though, so amazingly rich yet light.

Nate

I remember having a bowl of Sarawak laksa in a little kopitiam in Bangsar. I liked it, noting the pronounced use of coriander and cilantro in the dish compared with other laksas.

Valerie

Man, that looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I haven't had one in over 2 years!

Robyn

Nate - I know the place, it was one of our very first posts 2 yrs ago. She's from Kuching and supposedly uses paste shipped over from Sarawak. It is a darned fine version, though just a wee bit richer than this one.

Valerie - I'd suggest you make your own, but I've found recipes for Sarawak laksa to be very thin on the web! Wonder why....

Mama Bok

I love beehoon with my laksa.. ;) i wonder how different the laksa is in kuching .. compared to those in singapore.
It's been a few months .. actually 8 .. since i had a prima taste laksa.. ;)

DW

I shudder at the thought of making Laksa from scratch - i.e. without the pre-packaged Laksa paste. However, should anyone wish to try, I've transcribed the list of ingredients from a package of Kuching paste I used some time ago.

bawang merah = shallots
bawang putih = garlic
buah keras = candle nut
bijan = sesame (seeds probably)
cili = chili
garam = salt
kacang = peanuts (?!)
lengkuas = galangal
minyak masak = cooking oil
rempah = spices (huh?)
serai = lemon grass

I imagine the galangal, lemon grass and candle nuts are grated real fine and mixed with the other ingredients. That would account for the dregs you find at the bottom of the pot after cooking the pre-packaged paste in broth.

State-side, Roland sells laksa paste in jars. Not Sarawak paste, mind you, but it should get you maybe half way there. Which should place you now somewhere in the middle of the South China Sea, har har. I've never used them but I'm guessing the paste is probably sediment-free, so that's a plus.

I like to cook the paste in chicken broth. Well, what good fortune you just happen to have a pot of it from cooking the chicken that will be a laksa topping. Add to that the shrimp shells (from the shrimp that will be another topping), simmer for a good hour and you should now have the foundation for a killer bowl of laksa.

While the broth is simmering, prepare rice vermicelli (beehoon) the usual way, blanche some bean sprouts, fry a thin omelette and slice thinly, shred the chicken, tear up some coriander leaves, get the belacan and lime ready, and assemble appropriately.

Pour the laksa broth minus the nasty bits of sediment or shell on your beehoon-topping assembly and get ready to enjoy a fantastic tasting bowl of (Sarawak) laksa.

The preceeding should not be mistaken for an actual recipe - not that there's any risk of that happening.

DW

Forgot a vital ingredient - coconut milk in the broth. A couple of cups to a pot should be about right.

很快ming的庇护

嘿,在沙捞越I'的二个博客词条; 到目前为止ve读告诉我I' ve发现一个新的地方浪费更加" 公司time"。 仍然Min炫耀一条明亮的红色VEDAN围裙的Joo先生的图片 -- 是的VEDAN Taiwan' 信息s最大的制造商 -- 那个碗Laksa神色真实地升华。 I' m,因此移动由我感觉强迫写作这首诗的图片:一个碗与石灰和sambal季节的laksa ing,我在为什么和原因押韵和原因不发现 ing

deborah

人,那好神色SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO。 我haven' t有一完全成功在2年期间!

deborah

人,那好神色SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO。 我haven' t有一完全成功在2年期间!

deborah

人,那好神色SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO。 我haven' t有一完全成功在2年期间!

ian

try MADAM TANG's laksa when you'r in kuching except sundays and yes, before LUNCH

JJ

Of all those places mentioned in this entry + comments, the laksa at Fat Cat Cafe (Stutong, Kuching) is now the best. People mentioned that the lady who prepared the laksa's a descendent from Chong Choon's laksa maker. Trust me... she won't gonna disappoint you.

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