But not often…

Sometime towards the end of the month-long school break, my girl mentioned in passing that she likes curry laksa or curry mee, be it the nyonya curry laksa like the ones at the since-closed-down Singapore franchise outlets here…

328 Katong laksa
*Archive photo: 328 Katong laksa*

…or the ones commonly found in West Malaysia…

Curry mee
*Archive photo: curry mee at O&S Restaurant, Paramount Garden, PJ*

…or the ones up north with pig’s blood and cockles and all. We did have a stall at a coffee shop here once where they served pretty good curry mee but everytime I went there, I would go for their Penang Hokkien prawn mee instead as it was more to my liking but either they decided to call it a day or they moved elsewhere – to this day, I have yet to find out what exactly happened.

Left to my own devices, I decided to cook my own for her for lunch when she came home last Friday after her first week back in her school in the jungle. I had the RM40 a kilo prawns that I bought a couple of mornings earlier when I went strolling at the wet market at Rejang Park and I dropped by the supermarket near my house that stocks up on a lot of Singapore products and grabbed a box of this…

Prima Taste instant curry laksa paste

…made in Singapore. I got one from a friend once, way back in 2013 and I used it to cook what my mum called her sayur masak lemak, otherwise known as sayur lodeh, and yes, it was very very nice and when I first tried the curry laksa at that Singapore franchise here, the first thought that ran through my mind was that it tasted exactly like what my mum used to cook.

I remember seeing it at the aforementioned supermarket at the time, priced around RM16.00 only but when I went to buy it that day, the price had gone up to over RM23.00. Goodness gracious me! Ah well! I decided to go ahead with my plan, anyway.

My girl bought this packet of the sago version of the hung ngang or the big bihun

Sago vermicelli

…because it was gluten-free, no wheat in the ingredients…

Gluten-free

…and it had been sitting in the pantry all this while. I decided to give it a try and soaked it in boiling water for 1 hour according to the instructions at the back of the pack but it was still not soft enough by then so I boiled it a bit  and then, it was all right.

These instructions were at the back of the box and they enclosed this leaflet inside…

Instructions

…and I followed it to the letter.  I saw that bit about adding laksa leaves (the daun kesum that I have growing in abundance in my garden) but I only added a few for fear that my girl might be put off by the strong smell/fragrance and yes, I did add some tau hu pok (tofu puffs) in the broth – my girl loved those!

For the condiments, I boiled the prawns, around half of the number that I bought and used the stock for the broth/soup. I fried some tau kua (firm bean curd cake) lightly and sliced and I also boiled some quail eggs and blanched a bit of taugeh (bean sprouts). I put the vermicelli in a bowl and arranged everything on top before adding the broth and a bit of the tofu puffs and served…

My Singapore nyonya curry laksa 1

Yes, it was so very nice…

My Singapore nyonya curry laksa 2

…that my girl insisted on having what was left for her dinner and of course, I was mighty pleased that she enjoyed it so much, definitely worth all my effort in cooking it for her. I did not like the sambal cili that came in a separate pouch in the box though – it had that canned smell and taste, something like the sambal ikan bilis that comes in tins. I thought the laksa was good enough without it.

I don’t know if or when we will be having this…

My Singapore nyonya curry laksa 3

…again but for sure, if we should ever do so, it would not be all that soon and not too often either.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

15 thoughts on “But not often…”

  1. Wow! Looks so very delicious! Melissa is so blessed to have you as her father.

    It was! She’s a lovely sweet girl, loved doing things specially for her – these special treats when she comes home from her school in the jungle would be a welcome break, I’m sure.

  2. How many bowls out of it? You dumped in all rm40 prawns to cook?

    4, box said 2-3 servings only, 60 ml water and I added 100 ml, stretched it a bit. No, I only used half of the prawns, around 15, saved the rest for other things – see blogpost coming up real soon.

  3. I’m drooling over the bowl of laksa, hehe…

    Nyonya curry laksa, Singapore a lot (though some say Melaka ones nicer).

  4. The Prima laksa seems to be different from what I get here. Here, it includes the noodles. Used to be about A$6 when it first appeared but under $4 nowadays.

    That would be the instant noodles, rated very highly by the American instant noodles reviewer, rameneater. I tried that before, too lemak and not quite to my liking plus at over RM10 a packet these days, even though there is enough in a packet for two, I would have no second thoughts about not buying it:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/the-best/
    This is the instant paste, in boxes and I saw on Google that it is over SGD7.00 a box, so RM23.00 here is quite reasonable. Maybe it was because I added more water to stretch it a bit so it was not as lemak and very much to our liking.

  5. Beautiful creation – love the top-facing photo of the bowl, packed with so much fresh, flavorful goodness! 🙂

    I thought the bowl was too small, the noodles buried completely, out of sight.

  6. wah… you really taruk everything in kao kao ah… Outside cannot get it

    Maybe you’ll get 1 not-so-big prawn and not much else, already RM8, at least. If udang galah, I saw that day RM27, cheap already. Other places RM30 and above…up to as much as RM50-60. Eat gold!

  7. You sure put a lot of work and love in that bowl. Haha. At least your girl enjoyed it.

    Not much work actually, using these instant pastes. Most importantly, it is very nice and I would say a whole lot nicer than many outside, if not all – that’s all that matters.

  8. I love your bowl of noodles. Loaded to the max yum! yum!

    For sure, can’t get the same deal anywhere outside! Simply the best…expensive, but without doubt, the best – cooked with one special ingredient, love!

  9. This looks so delicious. You are such a doting dad, just like my mom. When I mentioned I’m coming home and invited a friend over for lunch, she prepared a feast for us.

    Those prawns are indeed pricey. I bought them for the sake of recording Ayden’s cook video. LoL. On normal days I wont be so generous. Hahahaha…

    Me too, I’d just buy the smaller ones, less than RM20 a kg but deveining can be such a chore, so small and so many.

    Parents! Aren’t we all the same? My mum was like that too when I was teaching in Kanowit – every weekend when I came home, she would have cooked something special…and Friday nights, I would be dreaming of it already – she said I was so tham ciak! LOL!!!

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