Posts Tagged ‘Chicken Laksa’

When Alfie’s daughter, Stephanie, was home from Australia in October herself and her partner introduced us to Laksa… a dish found in Singapore and Malaysia.  We loved it!  I’ve been dying to try to make it myself and finally got around to doing so a couple of weeks back.  It lived up to my memory.

We were also exceedingly lucky that Stephanie had brought us some Laksa Mix from Herbie’s Spices in Australia.  Has anyone ever seen such a mix here in Ireland?  I’m sure you could experiment as here’s the list of ingredients that go into the mix (it is an awful lot!) – coriander seed, cumin, chilli, salt, fennel, galangal, coriander leaf, turmeric, sugar, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, lamellae, lemon myrtle, pepper and cardamom.

Chicken Laksa

Chicken Laksa

Here’s Stephanie’s recipe:

Ingredients: (for 2 people)

  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Laksa Mix
  • Small red onion, chopped
  • 200 ml can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 pt. chicken stock
  • 2 chicken breasts (we buy whole free-range and Alfie dissects) chopped.
  • 1/2 small yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red pepper, chopped
  • Broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 Pak Choi, chopped
  • Rice noodles to serve

Heat oil.  Add Laksa spice to make a paste.  Cook for a minute or two to allow flavours to become aromatic and intensify.

Add the onion to the spice and fry gently.

Mix the coconut milk, stock and fish sauce together, add these to the onion and spice mix.

Bring the soup to a low simmer, add the chicken – cook for about 10 minutes.

Add the vegetables as you need to cook – depending on the thickness of the vegetable, i.e. broccoli first, peppers, pak choi, etc.

Cook your noodles separately.

To serve make sure everyone has some noodles and some vegetables.

Optional toppings include bean sprouts, finely sliced red chilli, squeeze of lime, freshly chopped coriander or basil.  We love the addition of finely sliced chilli and a squeeze of lime juice.



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I’ve been fascinated watching the challenge set by Sinead over at Bumbles of Rice, asking folks to put up photos of their dinners during the week.  The real life ones…. not the photoshopped, styled photos…. the dinners that people are actually sitting down to eat each day.

I know Sinead is talking about family dinners, i.e. families with kids.  ladies, how you cook separate meals for kids and adults amazes me… tis bad enough cooking dinner for 2 people!!!

However cooking for two can be just as stressful, you know, we can be pulling our hair out trying to decide what to have for dinner!!!

We cook every single night.  The odd night, it might be something reheated out of the freezer, but other than that it is freshly cooked.  When you live 6 miles away from a (not so great) take-away that’s what you have to do.

I’m trying to be a bit organised at the moment, with my 7 dinners listed at the start of the week…. just to take the pressure off, but then sometimes the old s*** hits the fan and plans have to be abandoned.

So here goes folks in the spirit of sharing is caring….. here’s how our dinners worked out last week.


We’d had a busy weekend, so Sunday night became our ‘kind of’ take-away night…. in that Alfie made pizza.  He makes a pile of pizza bases in one go and freezes them individually for the night when no-one really feels like cooking. I make a stack of tomato sauces with different flavours when we have our own tomatoes and freeze those too!  Pizzas in this house tend to be vegetarian…. Alfie makes a damn fine potato and leek pizza… and as for his aubergine and red cabbage one – to die for!


It was my turn to cook.  Alfie’s daughter had made Chicken Laksa for us when she visited in October and I was dying to try it for myself 🙂  Gosh, is this tasty!

Chicken Laksa

Chicken Laksa


We had B&B guests who were eating with us so it was a traditional Irish dinner….. Bacon and Cabbage.

Bacon and Cabbage

Bacon and Cabbage


Having had an incredibly early check-out : 3 am…. we were both exhausted so it was something from the freezer…. Alfie’s pork burgers with home-made chips and salad.

Pork Burger

Alfie’s pork burger



Was another meatless day…. again a new recipe that I tried.  Black Bean Chilli…. very nice.

Black Bean Chilli

Black Bean Chilli


Beef Malay.  I love this dish and in fact, would be happy to have it every week… but that would be silly wouldn’t it??

Beef Malah

Beef Malah


I was in Dublin all day, so Alfie was in charge of dinner…… if you know Alfie at all, you’ll have guessed, yes…. it was steak with patatas bravas 🙂  As you can see from photo, I was almost done before I remembered to take photo!!!

Steak with patatas braves

Steak with patatas braves

As you can see there was a bit of lack of variety and/or balance….. chips and patatas bravas and rice on 2 nights…. but what the heck… this week will be better (not)!!!

How do you do on your dinners?

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