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My friends served this the other day at their house, and I loved it so much I had to do it for the blog. You can basically customise it to suit you once you have made the broth and it looks impressive at a dinner party served up in a big bowl with all the fresh herbs on top. My version is vegan but you can add eggs or fish if you prefer. You can also add veg from the fridge that you want to use up too. It’s absolutely delicious and perfect if you have a cold as it’s got all the healing ingredients, like chilli, garlic and ginger and broth.

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shrimp laksa bowl

Laksa is a creamy coconutty broth which is spicy, delicious and is  a very traditional Thai dish. It’s always served in a big bowl with noodles and with lots of garnishes, so it looks scrumptious. You can also make this recipe with whatever takes your fancy, so you can add different seafood to it like squid and scallops or shell fish. It’s up to you and if you omit the noodles you have a very tasty, creamy low carb meal. It’s perfect for date night dinner with your darling, when you fancy something hot and spicy.

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vegetarian laksa bowl

This laksa is my version of the delicious  coconutty creamy sweet and sour Thai broth. Although more of a meal. It’s got soft boiled eggs and roasted tomatoes with spinach and leeks. It works because they are all flavours that work well together. It’s perfect for a midweek supper or on a date night. Once you have made the laksa paste you can keep it for a long time in the  freezer for future use. The laksa jars in the supermarket aren’t as good and fresh tasting, but they are fine if you can’t be bothered to make it.

Recipe

Serves 2.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of laksa paste, see below or shop bought from supermarket
A handful of baby tomatoes halved
A handful of baby spinach
A handful of shredded leek
400ml coconut milk
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of maple syrup
1-2 shelled boiled eggs per person (I like them soft boiled)
400ml of vegetable stock
Juice of two limes plus one more to make into wedges
A small handful of finely chopped salad onions
100g of uncooked brown rice noodles, follow the instructions on the pack (You can use standard noodles)
A small piece of julienned cucumber for garnish
A small sprig of fresh coriander
Salt to taste

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Laksa paste
2 red chillies
2 cloves of garlic
Half a thumb of ginger root or galangal
4 small chopped shallots
1 stick of lemon grass
1 tablespoon of tamarind
2 tablespoons of cashew butter or 50g of raw cashews

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Put all the ingredients into a small blender and whizz up till smooth. I used my stick blender to do this and it worked really well. Put paste into a container and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks or much longer in the freezer. Continue reading