Rempah Noodles Laksa

Laksa is Malay, but this word is derived from the ancient Sanskrit Laksha that means plentiful and, Lakh itself means one hundred thousand. In fact, Laksa is a soup blended with various spices served with fish and noodles. The spices used in the soup base are mainly curry, chili, ginger flower, galanga, lemongrass, shallot, shrimp paste, onion, laksa leaf, balaclava, tamarind, assam fruit, coconut milk, etc. but the blend varies in different places and regions. Likewise, the topping ingredients are also as diverse as the spices, such as chicken, bean sprouts, blood cockles, shrimp, fish, eggs, pig blood, pig skin, roast meat, BBQ pork, etc. Given the large variety of spices together with the other ingredients, the dish does live up to what the word Laksha, plentiful, in Sanskrit except that Laksa is not an Indian dish. Instead, its origin lies in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. Further, Laksa might be ethnically or regionally differentiated as its styles are as varied as the number of ethnic groups and regions, each would have their own unique ways of preparation, such as Curry Laksa, Assam Laksa, Kuching Laksa, Kedah Laksa, Gangsa Laksa, Ipoh Laksa, Perlis Laksa, Kelantan Laksa, Terengganu Laksa, Johor Laksa, etc. Among them, Assam Laksa was listed by CNNGO, a travel website under CNN, as No.7 among the world’s top 50 cuisines in 2011, and Curry Laksa was also listed by The Huffington Post in the “10 Foods Around The World To Try Before You Die.”

Recommended Restaurants

1) Prawn Noodle Shop
Address: Shop 4, G/F, Rialto Building, No. 2 LanDale St, Wan Chai
Telephone: 25200268

2) Kedai Kopi Semua Semua
Address: G/F, City Mansion, 483-499 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Telephone: 26630770

3) Rempah Noodles
Address: G/F, 18 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Telephone: 36184863