• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 60 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Description

Every state in Malaysia has its own spin on dishes, and each one of them offer a different culinary experience. This Sarawak laksa recipe offers complex flavours that come from the delectable combination of spice paste and santan.

This recipe was first published in Flavours magazine.


Recipe Ingredient

  • For Sambal:
  • 10 red chillies
  • 2 big onions
  • 1clove garlic
  • 50g dried prawns
  • 6-8tbsp palm oil
  • For Spice paste:
  • 150g shallots
  • 125g garlic
  • 150g galangal
  • 30g red chillies
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, white part only
  • 10 dried chillies, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 30g candlenuts
  • 20g cumin seeds
  • 55g coriander seeds
  • 3 star anise, dry roasted and ground
  • 4 cloves, dry roasted and ground
  • 1 nutmeg, ground
  • 5 cardamoms, seeds only
  • 10-12 tbsp palm oil
  • 1/2cup sesame seeds, roasted and ground
  • 110g peanuts, roasted and ground
  • 1tbsp curry powder, heaped
  • 2-3tsp salt, or to taste
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1.5litres chicken and prawn stock
  • 350ml santan sawit
  • 400g vermicelli, scalded
  • Garnish:
  • 5-6 calamansi limes, halved
  • 1bunch coriander leaves
  • 200g beansprouts
  • 1 cucumber, shredded
  • 350g chicken meat, boiled and shredded
  • 500g prawns, marinated in sugar and cooked


  1. To make sambal: Blend all ingredients except oil till fine. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and sauté paste till fragrant and oil separates. Set aside.
  2. To make spice paste: Blend all ingredients, except oil, sesame seeds, peanuts, curry powder and seasoning, to a fine paste. Heat oil and sauté spice paste till fragrant, then add the rest of the ingredients.
    To make gravy: Place the spice paste in a large saucepan and add stock and santan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, adding more stock if necessary to adjust consistency.
    To serve: Divide vermicelli among bowls and ladle gravy over. Top with garnishes.

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3 thoughts on “Sarawak Laksa”

  1. GwenChow - August 17, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hi, I am wondering what is santan sawit in English? Can I replace palm oil with other kind of oil? Thank you.

    • Kuali Admin - August 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Hi Gwen,

      Thanks for writing in. You can replace palm oil with other oil and santan sawit with santan (which is coconut milk).

      Hope this helps. Happy cooking!

      The Kuali Team.

  2. adrian - August 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Sabah Tom yam…has one tried it before…


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