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Spicy Seafood Laksa

Dear Fordy, 

Last week, your dad requested for laksa again. I cooked it before and the first try was just so-so. I think I overdid the curry powder and coconut milk. And I think i missed on some ingredients because I was in a rush that time.

So last Saturday, i did grocery shopping  for the ingredients and this time I got yellow curry paste instead of curry powder and canned coconut milk instead of the fresh one from the market. I also got limes for the zest as I cannot get a hold of galangal. I did a research and the best substitute for galangal is turmeric + lime zest.

Here is my recipe for my Spicy Seafood Laksa, good for 10 servings:

For the laksa paste: 

1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground coriander ( I replaced this with fresh parsley)
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 thumb-sized turmeric
1 thumb-sized ginger
2 tbsps of shrimp paste (can be replaced with fish sauce)
2 stalks lemongrass, we will only need the white part

For the soup: 

120g Yellow Curry Paste ( I got one in an easy open can for only Php29! - 50% off)
250g shrimp, de-veined
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion chopped
1 400ml can coconut milk ( I got the Dee Thai brand, it's the cheapest!)
1 small can of evaporated milk
400 grams of squid balls
a bowl of tofu puffs ( I love tofu puffs!)
4 pcs red chilies
chopped spring onions
salt and pepper to taste

1 kilo cooked egg noodles
blanched Bok Choi

First, put the ground cumin and paprika in a non stick pan and heat it until fragrant. Be careful not to burn it. Then set aside to cool it down. Put the rest of the paste ingredients into a blender and blend well. Put it in a bowl and mix with the cumin and paprika. Set aside, this recipe can be used for two cookings.

Next, saute garlic and onions until brown. Put the shrimp and squid balls and cook for 3 mins. Pour half of the laksa paste, then add the yellow curry paste. Stir until well mixed. Pour the milk and coconut milk and stir occasionally. We do not want the milk to curdle. Bring to boil and season to taste with chilies, salt and pepper.

In a bowl, put a handful of cooked noodles, tofu puff and bok choi. Now, pour the hot soup, garnish with spring onions and savor the moment!

My laksa was a hit, Fordy!  Your dad had his eye rolled backwards at every sip of the soup haha! Now I may have to cook it more frequently. 

And oh, did I tell you your Dad had bought me new pots for that laksa dinner?  Yes, he did! Your dad's motto is "What Alex wants, Apple cooks"

Anyway, we are here in Las Pinas today because I am going to get my driver's license tomorrow. It's a holiday in the US and this is the perfect time! 

It's almost 1am and my eyes are droopy. Gonna catch some z's now. I miss you everyday bubut, especially that Macu has all your shirts and shorts. I feel you are around. :) 

I love you, babe! It's the 28th tomorrow. 

Love forever,