Adapting a Recipe



Laksa is a popular Asian spicy noodle soup. The recipe I use was published in an Australian cookbook but has two flaws: it isn’t kosher and it uses ingredients I can’t find. So here is how I have adated it so that I can cook and eat it.


2/3 cup (180g) laksa paste (laksa paste isn’t kosher since it includes shrimps so I use red curry paste)
3 ¼ cup (800ml) coconut milk
1 litre vegetable stock
1 ½ cups fish stock (I don’t add fish stock only vegetables stock)
1 fresh long red chilli, sliced thinly
6 kaffir lime leaves, shredded finely (these are impossible to find here so I usually forget them but I was thinking of using kale instead)
250g rice stick noodles
3 cups (240g) bean sprouts
6 green onions, sliced thinly (I prefer to use a thin leek)
1 cup (150g) toasted unsalted cashews
½ cup fresh coriander

1 Cook paste in large heated saucepan, stirring, until fragrant. Stir in coconut milk, stocks, chilli and (lime) leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes.
2 After 10 minutes, add the thinly sliced leek.
3 Meanwhile, place noodles in large heatproof bowl; cover with boiling water. Stand until just tender, drain.
4 Divide noodles among serving bowls. Ladle mixture over noodles; top with sprouts, onion, cashews then coriander.

Option: Tofu can be added. Stir cubes of firm tofu into hot mixture just before serving.


5 thoughts on “Adapting a Recipe

  1. I found kosher coconut milk, only to discover I really didn’t care for it. Those kaffir lime leaves sound interesting, whatever they are. The idea of a spicy noodle soup, with or without fish, sounds tasty. But I don’t really want the coconut milk taste. Mostly because I could taste the can.

  2. Nice job adapting a complicated recipe. I think I can get most of that stuff in Israel, though I’ll have to see about the kaffir lime leaves.

    I rely heavily on the Israel Food chat list ( to find unusual ingredients or foreign food products. Other Israelis might find this list useful, too.

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