The assam, the laksa & …?

My immense craving for assam laksa led me on a wondrous culinary adventure last Sunday.  I had all the ingredients necessary and I figured it was a good tea-time treat for my hubby and I.  Of course I didn’t have the *luxury* to hunt for ALL of the spices, but I made do with a little help from a *friend*, who followed me all the way from Penang:


Half an hour later, our whole apartment was reeking of that familiar tamarind-assam-like flavor and as I readied my tummy for the wondrous experience, I put the laksa noodles to boil…or rather, what I *thought* was laksa noodles when I bought it from the Asian grocer here.


It turned out to be loh-see-fun (mouse-tail noodles)!  So instead of the long strands of laksa, we had short ones instead.  What to do… 😛

Oh, and we definitely did not forget the heh-ko (prawn paste), also imported exclusively from Penang.  No bowl of laksa would be complete without it!


I’m gonna have to try hunting for those laksa noodles now.  That supposed teatime treat turned out to be an early dinner for me, because I couldn’t eat anything else after that.

Besides, I was still suffering from my week-long cough, and it became a tad worse last weekend because my cough was so forceful, there were traces of blood in the phlegm!  Oh, it doesn’t sound as serious as it does.  It’s just drier here in the States and the throat tends to be more sensitive.  I’m on the doc-approved-for-preggers Robitussin DM now.  Got it from Target on Sunday, and hoping that my cough-free days will come back to me soon.


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16 Responses to The assam, the laksa & …?

  1. ehon says:

    WAH! You very dedicated huh. Lol! I’m always lazy to cook anything difficult e.g. laksa, assam laksa, etc when I’m here – I guess mainly also because I cook for one most of the time. And I doubt my angmoh friends can take the spicy-ness.

    The Giddy Tigress says: The version of assam laksa I cooked is the really toned-down version. The one my Mom cooks…now that’s elaborate! I can’t see myself cooking it here!

  2. iamthewitch says:

    Hope your cough will be gone soon! 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks! I hope so too!

  3. jazzmint says:

    wah good eh u…brought it all the way from penang LOL

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, I knew I would be craving for laksa!

  4. jemima says:

    Thank goodness, you’re not like my friend who is currently craving for durians. 😛

    May your cough eludes you soon.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hey, I saw frozen durians being sold at the Asian Grocer here…And the thorny exterior is all still intact! Not sure about the taste though!

  5. simon says:

    haha for looking at the pics for a moment i thot you were going to add the cough med into the assam laksa! 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hah, that would have been a weird concoction of sorts!

  6. beetrice says:

    err…so how DOES assam laksa taste with ‘lou shi fun’ noodles? :O i thought they were starchier than the laksa noodles..

    (must make mental note not to read your site first thing in the morning – you make me hungry!!)

    The Giddy Tigress says: It tastes surprisingly good. Well, it doesn’t have that long stringy texture feeling, so we can’t put the loh see fun on the spoon like we do with regular laksa noodles, but I guess it’s okay to satisfy my craving la.

  7. Joanne says:

    bravo! laksa with lou shi fun…how’s the taste? able to kill your craving?

    btw, hope u will get rid of the cough ASAP. take care

    The Giddy Tigress says: Haha, for the time being, yes, it satisfied my craving.

  8. rinnah says:

    Coughing and still having laksa? Brave soul! Hehe.

    The Giddy Tigress says: My motto is “to fight fire with fire”!

  9. Paik Ling says:

    Ayam brand in the US? That’s good! They costs an arm and a leg in Oz. Your assam laksa looks as good as the one in Air Itam!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Errr…actually the Ayam Brand sardines were imported from Malaysia as well.

  10. mott says:

    wah..u very good! i’m so lazy…. one of my son’s friend’s mother was so kind. she made assam laksa from scratch..and pass some to me..

    i tell u.. so shy ler… but ate heartily! hehehehehehe

    hope ur cough is better. take care

    The Giddy Tigress says: If anyone gave me homemade assam laksa, I sure wallop quickly wan…no need to be shy! hehe.

  11. mistipurple says:

    your onion rings look so good.
    i’m missing the point i know, lol!

    The Giddy Tigress says: They are HUGE! The onions, I mean…

  12. PB says:

    Loh see fun or not, it must have been nice to taste a bit of home 🙂 Impressed at your being able to make asam laksa at all! I must try it 🙂 and you actually brought the heh ko all the way in anticipation! Thats what I call planning 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh yes, the heh ko was also imported!

  13. FamilyFirst says:

    I can taste my own saliva now … drooling.

    The Giddy Tigress says: 🙂

  14. kyh says:

    hmm looks yummy! I love laksa. 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Once you stay in Penang, even though you don’t love laksa originally, I believe you will be converted.

  15. michelle says:

    How come you cut the timun so straight?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Why? Is it supposed to be cut crooked ah?

  16. ablogaway says:

    Gosh, I know how iritating the cough could be, esp when you’re preggie and not allowed to take certain medicine. I find that Manuka honey helps a bit, though can’t cure it completely. Hope you’re ok now, though.

    The Giddy Tigress says: I didn’t get a chance to see if Manuka honey is sold here or not. But yes, thank you, I have recovered already.

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