The first recipe :) ... This recipe is taken from "Australian Womens Weekly The New Classics" cookbook .... The kids loved this because they like soup, chicken and noodles ... It's not a hard recipe but if you don't do some Asian cooking then you may have to get a few ingredients....
RATINGS OUT OF 10
RATING for yumminess according to me 10
RATING for yumminess according to the kids 6
1 litre (4 cups) of water
12 fresh kaffir lime leaves (from the fruit and vege section)
2 cloves of garlic (i use the jar stuff if i am in a hurry)
800g of chicken thigh fillets
1/2 cup laksa paste (i have used varying amounts according to how hot the kids like it,
if your kids don't like hot food just use a tablespoon or so)
3 1/4 cups of coconut milk
2 fresh chillies. chopped finely (I don't add these)
150g dried stick noodles
175g singapore noodles
2 tablespoons of palm sugar (this comes in little handy sachets in the asian section of the supermarket, brown sugar would do if you can't find it)
1/3 cup (80ml) of lime juice
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
80g fried tofu puffs, halved (I don't add these)
1 1/2 cups (120g) bean sprouts
1/2 cup loosely packed coriander leaves (I love coriander so I add more)
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh vietnamese mint leaves (i just use normal mint if I can't find these)
1. Place the water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 4 lime leaves, garlic and chicken, reduce heat;simmer covered for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Cool chicken in liquid for 15 minutes. Slice chicken thinly;reserve. Strain stock through muslin lined sieve (I just use a sieve like a large tea strainer) in a large bowl;discard solids. allow stock to cool;skim fat from surface.
2. Cook laksa paste in large saucepan, stirring, until fragrant. Stir in stock, coconut milk, chilli and remaining torn lime leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat;simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, place rice stick noodles in a large heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water, stand until just tender;drain. Place Singapore noodles in separate bowl cover with boiling water, separate with a fork, drain. Divide both noodles among serving bowls.
4. Stir sugar, juice, sauce, tofu and chicken into laksa. Ladle laksa over noodles; sprinkle with sprouts and herbs.
Serves 4 ... we are 2 adults and 3 kids and it does us well.
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So here is what it looks like .. with all those extra herbs :)