Vegetarian Laksa Soup

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Why put food in a bowl?

There’s just something about serving food in a bowl that can’t be matched with anything else. What do you think that is?

Maybe it’s the visual appeal of the food. It just looks different served in a bowl. It can be arranged more neatly, in a way that you see everything you’re eating at the same time. Or maybe it’s about making things less complicated. You don’t have three different plates to eat off (and a salad bowl to keep healthy), there’s just one bowl, a spoon (or maybe a fork), and you’re ready to dig in.

Whatever the reason may be, we understand the appeal of single-bowl meals. That’s why today we’re sharing this hearty vegetarian Laksa soup recipe.

It’s packed full of flavor and nutrients and will comfort you after a long day at work (or a rainy weekend afternoon when you’re all bundled up on your couch and enjoying some well-deserved me time).

Vegetarian Laksa Noodle Soup

Ingredients for Laksa paste

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, roughly diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 whole lemongrass
  • 1/2 coriander seeds
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • optional: macadamia nuts

Ingredients for Vegetarian Laksa Noodle Soup

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2-2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushroom
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup rice or egg noodles
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Prep, prep, prep: wash, peel and roughly cut all the ingredients you’ll need to make your very mildly spicy Laksa paste (ginger, garlic, lemongrass). Also, clean and slice shiitake mushrooms and tofu.
  2. Making the paste: put all of the ingredients for Laksa paste in a blender (including cilantro, chili pepper, oil, and macadamia nuts) and blend on a medium setting.
  3. Cooking the soup: transfer your paste to a medium-sized pot. Add your coconut milk, vegetable broth, and tomato paste. After 2-3 minutes, add shiitake and tofu. Cook for another 10 minutes on a low to medium setting.
  4. Cook noodles in a separate pot.
  5. Serve warm, in a bowl. First, add the soup and then the noodles.

 

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