Lara’s Mushroom and Tofu Laksa
This is the ideal recipe for a cold January. Fragrant, waming and nutricious – it will add a much needed lift to a chilly evening!
1 Spring Onion
1 Garlic Clove
1 Bunch Coriander
2 tbsp Red Curry Paste (I use Thai Taste, which is vegan)
200 ml Coconut Milk
1 cube Vegetable Stock Powder in
400ml Boiling Water
2 tbsp Peanut Butter
100 grams Mushrooms
100 grams Firm Tofu
2 servings Rice Noodles
1 Red Pepper
1/2 Red chilli
Pop your kettle on to boil. Halve the pepper and discard the core and seeds. Chop into small pieces. Trim the
spring onion and thinly slice. Halve the chilli lengthways, deseed then finely chop. Peel and grate the garlic (or
use a garlic press). Roughly chop the coriander (stalks and all). Zest and halve the lime.
Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the pepper, garlic, chilli and half the spring
onion. Stir and cook for 2 mins, then add the red curry paste and stir together. Tip: Add less chilli if you don’t
like spice! After 1 minute, pour in the coconut milk and mix until smooth. Add the vegetable stock powder with
the boiling water from your kettle (see ingredients for amount) and bring to a simmer.
Add the peanut butter and a pinch of sugar (if you have some) to your pan. Simmer gently for 10 mins. Taste
the laksa and add seasoning if you think it needs it – salt, pepper, sugar – whatever suits your taste!
Meanwhile, heat a splash of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the mushroom or tofu
pieces and lime zest. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir-fry until cooked. When cooked, remove to a
plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
When the laksa has been cooking for 10 mins, add in the egg or rice noodle nests. Cook until soft enough to
eat, about 4 mins. Tip: The noodles may soak up some of the coconutty liquid. If this is the case, just add a
splash of water to get it back to a soupy consistency.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and simmer until piping hot, 1-2 mins. Remove from the heat and add half the
lime juice. Taste and add salt, pepper and more lime juice if you feel it needs it. Serve in big bowls topped with
the coriander and the remaining spring onion. Enjoy!