Malaysian Curry Fish Laksa

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Curry laksa fish

Curry laksa fish

Curry laksa is one of my family’s top favourites. There are lots of Malaysian curry laksa. I must say every state and every race in Malaysia has its own version of laksa. To make laksa from scratch is very time consuming as there are all the spices and herbs to pound. Packet laksa mix or fresh laksa paste are easily available these days which brings back the joy and fun of home cooked laksa. While fresh laksa paste is usually not available overseas, as far as I know, I’m just very thankful that I can get packet laksa paste here.

Curry laksa paste

Curry laksa paste

The Malaysian laksa paste that I like is this particular brand, Tean’s Gourmet. I use this brand for the Malaysian Prawn Soup Noodles and also for the Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry. This brand so far has not failed me.

The usual way to serve laksa is to have it with rice or wheat noodles. But the other day I cooked it with fish and vegetables to go with rice. After trying out the river cobbler, a tender white fish, which I used to cook Fish Fritters With Cucumber, I thought this fish would be very good with laksa. Indeed it was. The beautiful laksa spices took away the fishy smell.

With this laksa paste, cooking any laksa dish is very simple and easy. If you like spicy food, you will like this one. I only used half  a packet here. I think it’s not spicy enough for my family. But use the right amount according to your preference.

I like okra. I usually stir fry the okra, as in Okra Fried With Egg and Okra (Lady’s Fingers) And Anchovies Stir Fry but then okra is also very delicious in curries, and so is tofu. Here’s my recipe.

Ingredients A
500g fish (river cobbler)
some baby tomatoes
100g okra
100g baby corn
1/2 piece soft tofu
1/2 packet curry laksa paste (more if you like)
1C water
1C coconut milk

Pan fried fish

Pan fried fish

Cut the fish into bite size pieces and pan fry it. Dish it up on to a plate. I use river cobbler here but you can use any other type of fish.

Curry laksa fish soup

Curry laksa fish soup

Ingredients B (seasoning)
1/2t sea salt
1t sugar
1t chicken stock granules

Put 1 cup of water to boil. Add half a packet of the curry laksa paste and 1 cup of coconut milk and let it come to boil. Once it boils, add the okra, tomato and seasoning. Let it boil for a while until the okra is cooked. Then add the fish. let it come to a boil and then turn off the fire. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Serve hot with rice, noodles or pasta or even with bread. We like it with rice.

Have you been to Malaysia? What is your favourite food if you have been there? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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3hungrytummies  on May 31st, 2010

It is so handy to have laksa paste like this in the pantry. Adding fish is a great idea!

Elin  on May 31st, 2010

Hi Mary…with this you won’t need to crave for Malaysian laklsa can have Malaysian curry even at your place, far away from Malaysia :)) looks great!

Priya  on May 31st, 2010

Mouthwatering dish, thanks for sharing, love these sort of dishes..

somewhere in singapore  on May 31st, 2010

Curry fish head is one of my favourite…

zurin  on May 31st, 2010

This is very Interesting. Ive never seen this brand sold here though….it looks very good n this is the first time ive come across a fish curry laksa..:) keep learning keep smiling for sure!

Mary  on May 31st, 2010

@3hungrytummies - I have stocked up quite a lot in my pantry…can have it any time I want :D

@Elin - You are very right to say that. I’m really happy I can get this paste here :D

@Priya - Hope you can find over at your place. I’m really happy I can get it here :D

@somewhere in singapore - It’s mine, too! :D I hope to cook it one of these days but probably have to use the the fish meat.

@zurin - Haha…you just make me smile, Zurin! :D I do hope you can find it over at your side.

sushma mallya  on May 31st, 2010

quiet an interesting one,looks colourful & delicious mary

kristy  on May 31st, 2010

Have you seen the Penang Prawn Noodle Soup Paste packet? That is also very delicious. Make sure you buy that too! And add in lots of prawns & bean sprouts! Yummy yummy…. I’m sure after telling you this, you must be craving for that too. haha…. Enjoy, daaaahling!
Regards, Kristy
p/s thanks! I’ve received you mail.

the lacquer spoon  on May 31st, 2010

Delish! The paste helps us a lot in the kitchen. I’ll try to find one when going to a big supermarket :)

Angie's Recipes  on May 31st, 2010

Mary, this looks very comforting and tempting! I never had okra in a curry.

anncoo  on May 31st, 2010

WOW! Fish Laksa :) Makes me drooling…don’t see this brand in the market. Will ask my friend to buy for me.

claudia lamascolo  on May 31st, 2010

geesh again you stumped me here never saw this, amazing way its looks love the little corn…yummm its looks delish

pigpigscorner  on May 31st, 2010

I love instant curry paste to, so convenient!

SathyaSridhar  on May 31st, 2010

Mary,,,curry looks pretty colourful n makes me hungry dear came out perfect n perfect.

Donald Russell  on May 31st, 2010

Hi, This paste looks like a great time saver! And if it is as good as you say it is I will have to give it a try! Nice recipe!!

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Lyndsey  on May 31st, 2010

I looks so good, I wish I could try it. I love to look at yours though.

Belinda @zomppa  on May 31st, 2010

YUM. Now I have to see if I can find this here!

divya  on May 31st, 2010

Yummy fish laksa….beautiful pictures Dear

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on May 31st, 2010

Yum, does that look delicious. I will look for laksa paste when I go to the Asian market close by. I’ve never cooked okra before. I can imagine it’s so tasty in this lovely dish.

Mary  on May 31st, 2010

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@kristy - Oh yes, that’s my favourite, too! I’ve just cooked it recently. You just started my craving again! Will have to cook it again soon :D

@the lacquer spoon - I hope you can find it over at your side. I think you’ll most likely be able to find it in Asian shops if you can’t find it n normal supermarkets. Have fun cooking :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Give a try, Angie! Okra in curry is very delicious…very popular in Malaysia…mmm….especially in fish curry. It’s my favourite :D

@anncoo - Haha…it’s ok for you if I make you drool…easy to buy there. But if you make me drool, then I’ll really suffer :( So, don’t make me drool too much, OK? :D

@claudia lamascolo - This is very delicious but again I’m so sorry that I think it’s not for you cos these pastes always has onions in it. But there are other nice dishes for you without onions :D

@pigpigscorner - Yes, at least we can still enjoy good food at home without all the hassle :D

@SathyaSridhar - Haha…looks like it’s time for you to cook curry again :D You have so many awesome curry dishes!

@Donald Russell - Thanks very much, Donald! Give a try. You can get the paste from Asian shops. Have fun cooking :D

@Lyndsey - I hope you can get the paste there so that you can cook this lovely dish :D

@Belinda @zomppa - I hope you can get it. They are usually sold in Oriental or Asian shops. have fun cooking :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Wow…this is going to be interesting cooking for you…trying the laksa paste and also the okra. Hope you can find the paste. have fun cooking :D

Roti n Rice  on May 31st, 2010

Fish curry laksa….must be really good. So convenient to have those packet spices.

lilyng  on May 31st, 2010

my favorite brand of curry laksa too

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 31st, 2010

I LOVE laksa. The first time I ever had it was at a restaurant and that week I think I went back 3 times to have the same dish. I would’ve went more but I think my hubby was getting sick of the same food lol. I love that it has a coconut taste but isn’t too salty that you can drink as a soup. I will definitely look for this brand as I have high confidence in your taste. It snowed here on Saturday so thus is perfect weather for soup like this. Thank you for this post Mary!

Drick  on May 31st, 2010

I think I would like the flavor of this mix and all the vegetables with the fish are just mouth watering

Janice  on May 31st, 2010

I can almost smell it! I visited Malaysia in 1983 and the food was superb, especially the street food.

Faith  on May 31st, 2010

I’ve never heard of that curry paste, I’ll have to look for it. This looks like such a delicious meal!

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on May 31st, 2010

I’m going to have to find laksa paste at the Asian store. It looks like it would make my life a lot easier when it comes to creating curries. I like that you added okra to this dish, I love the texture of okras in stews.

Juliana  on May 31st, 2010

Wow, fish in curry sauce, looks fabulous…so tasty and what a nice and colorful dish.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on May 31st, 2010

YES! Perfect for our wintery weather. Can’t possibly stay cold after eating this.

tigerfish  on May 31st, 2010

I like that you added fish to the laksa and lots of veggies too - I think it is more nutritious. I am quite a sucker for pre-packaged laksa paste too ;p
It is so much more easier.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on May 31st, 2010

Curry laksa is my husband’s favourite. Whenever he goes into a Malayasian restaurant, he can’t think of other dishes except this one, haha..He’s so addictive to it right now.
Let me see if I can find the brand you used.

nisha  on June 1st, 2010

I’m new to Malaysian Cooking ,learning a lot from ur blog

TasteHongKong  on June 1st, 2010

Honestly, I’m somewhat hesitate toward packaged laksa paste but with your recommendation, I’ll sure give it a second look, thanks.

Jeannie  on June 1st, 2010

Delicious! Using prepared ingredients sure makes cooking so much easier.

Ananda  on June 1st, 2010

scrumptious, okra looks so fresh and inviting…..Oh boy! am hungry!

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Mary  on June 1st, 2010

@Roti n Rice - Yes, makes cooking so simple and easy. :D Cooking from scratch is of course the best but sometimes I’m just so lazy but want to eat so badly :P

@lilyng - That just shows how good it is! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Our taste buds do tickle at the same wavelengths…haha :D That restaurant must have served awesome laksa to tempt you to go back 3 times! Laksa is definitely good for cold weather. Gosh…. can’t believe it’s still snowing on your side! I have to be very thankful here then :D Hope you can find the laksa paste there. have fun cooking!

@Drick - I think you need a big bowl, Drick! :D

@Janice - Yes, street food are really the best. Each time we go back for holidays, we only go for street foods…mmm. My goodness….each time we go back, there are always lots of new food all over! Can’t wait to go back again. I’ll eat a lot, a lot! :D

@Faith - This curry laksa paste is very delicious for any meat dish. Hope you can find it over at your side. have fun cooking :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I really hope you can find it over at your side. It really makes cooking quick and fun. We can have good food even in the busiest of days :D

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - I can see you smiling when you eat this :D

@tigerfish - Thanks very much! :D I have learned to make use of packet paste. I think it tastes more delicious than the ones I make from scratch. Well, at least it curbs my craving…haha :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - I must say it’s addictive. Once I start cooking, I am so tempted to keep cooking everyday. Of course I get some grumbling around…haha. Never mind, already thick skinned :P Hope you can get this brand there.

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! Keep Learning Keep Smiling :D

@TasteHongKong - This brand is very delicious. Give a try. I hope you can find it over at your side. Lily (commented above) also uses this brand. My family likes it :D

@Jeannie - Indeed it does! I suppose you can get fresh pastes there which is even better. I wish I can get the fresh pastes here but unlikely in a place like Aberdeen. I’m just very thankful to get the packet ones :D

@Ananda - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D

Tasty Trix  on June 1st, 2010

Oh how very very yummy. I found laksa paste in a jar, and now I’ve never been able to find it again. Isn’t that frustrating! I will keep searching, however, as this post reminds me how much I love it.

tasteofbeirut  on June 1st, 2010

Laksa sounds delicious and so handy too for making curries and what not; I will look for it in my neighborhood as I have a lot of Asian grocers around.

Sarah Naveen  on June 1st, 2010

Awesome curry…looks so delicious..

Stella  on June 1st, 2010

Hey Mary, as always, you’ve made the best looking home cooked meal I’ve seen all week-healthful and old school deliciousness all in one! Okra is my favorite too, and I love the way you kept it whole. Yummerz!

Dhale  on June 1st, 2010

I just had Malaysian food for the very first time this weekend and I loved it! I’ll have to try this one out for sure!

Mary  on June 1st, 2010

This really looks and sounds delicious. I am not really familiar with Malaysian food. I have to expand my culinary horizons. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Mary  on June 1st, 2010

@Tasty Trix - Awww….I can imagine your frustration. I would, too! try again. Hope you can find this brand in Asian shops there. It’s very delicious. My family likes it :D

@tasteofbeirut - It’s wonderful to know that there are a lot of Asian stores around. There aren’t many here so I’m really thankful that I can this here :D

@Sarah Naveen - Thanks very much, Sarah! :D

@Stella - Thanks very much, Stella! You make me smile :D

@Dhale - I’m so glad that you like the Malaysian food you tried. There are so many that I, being a Malaysian myself, haven’t tried all! Still on that eating and cooking journey though :D
have fun cooking!

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! Hope you get to try some :D Malaysian food is very varied because of the many different races.

lisaiscooking  on June 1st, 2010

I do like spicy flavors, and I also like okra with fish. Sounds great!

Erica  on June 1st, 2010

I am going to make these for sure.Sounds delicious. Thank you

Olive  on June 1st, 2010

that making me hungry, Mary..I love curry, it’s one of my favorite food, I love the addition of okra :)

Devaki  on June 1st, 2010

Dear Mary - After all my years in Singapore I am a sucker for a good laksa. The okra is my favorite & having a laksa packet in the pantry would be oh so handy for that last minute craving.


Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Sook  on June 2nd, 2010

I want to have a sip of that broth! Looks great!

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Carolyn Jung  on June 2nd, 2010

The irresistible flavor of laksa, but with fish and veggies instead? I’m sold!

5 Star Foodie  on June 3rd, 2010

This curry laksa sounds incredible, I really need to make it!

Mary  on June 4th, 2010

@lisaiscooking - Thanks very much, Lisa! :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! Have fun cooking :D

@Olive - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Olive! :D

@Devaki - I’m very sure you can get awesome laksa in the shops or laksa pastes to cook yourself. I think you can eat any time you want! :D

@Sook - Haha….time to cook, Sook! :D

@Carolyn Jung - Just a healthier version :D

@5 Star Foodie - Have fun cooking :D

grace  on June 5th, 2010

hello, okra! what an appetizing dish, mary, and so unique!

Mary  on June 6th, 2010

@Grace - Thanks veru much, Grace! :D

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