May 7th, 2023

Boris Mann 2nd July 2023 at 2:13pm

A down time day, really feeling the need to recharge.

Went to Community Pizza for lunch. Rachael had her favourite, the Detroit square pizza with the cheese edges, the “Roni” one with pepperoni.

I tried their brunch menu and had a 9” Breakfast Pie with sausage and bacon and pickled jalapeños and a poached egg on top. Had a Caesar to drink as well as a Caesar salad to share.

For dinner I’ve been marinating some diced chicken in a laksa spice paste that I prepped last night. This from the Asian Home Gourmet brand. The outside package has the recipe and the inside is just a sealed bag of spice paste.

Asian Home Gourmet Spice Paste for Singapore Laksa Coconut Curry Noodles

Package Recipe

Singapore Laksa Serves 3

  • 1 packet Singapore Laksa Spice l'astA
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250 g (½ Ib) boneless chicken meat, cut into bite-sizedpieces
  • 1½ cups (330 mL) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (220 mL) water
  • 125 g (4 oz) rice vermicelli, egg noodles or Hokkien Noodles, cooked accordingly to pack instructions
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) bean sprouts (blanched and drained) as garnish

1. Heat oil in non-stick saucepan on medium heat. Add meat and Spice Paste; stir-fry for 3 minutes.

2. Stir in coconut milk and water, simmer uncovered on low heat for 5 minutes.

3. Serve piping hot over noodles. Garnish with beansprouts and chicken pieces.

I added a bunch of ingredients. I started by sautéing a small sliced yellow onion and a few chunks of fresh ginger in oil. Then added the marinated chicken (used chicken thighs) and sautéed until browned. Added a can of coconut milk and cup of water.

I had some frozen cooked shrimp (we use it for okonomiyaki filling) that I put in, as well as a cup of sliced red bell peppers. Also added another half can of water. Let that simmer for a while.

Separately I cut up a large zucchini into matchsticks. Put them in the soup for the last 5 minutes before serving. I should have put the peppers in at this time as well, they ended up too soft.

For noodles, I bought Mandarin Noodle Chow Mein from No Frills on Friday. Cooked those in boiling water for 3 minutes and put them in bowls and poured the broth, chicken and vegetables over top.

It was good! The flavour had a nice spice level to it. Not as much body as real laksa, I’d probably want to use chicken broth instead of water next time. And really I should just figure out what’s in the spice paste ;)