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Laksa is a traditional dish I first came across while living in Malaysia. It's a fragrant dish made with seafood and noodles and gets its unique taste from laksa leaves. There are several variants. I chose to illustrate the Nyonya version which can be found around Melaka.
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Love instant noodles, but hate that it has no nutritive value? No worries...i got your back :) Its time to pimp them noodles up!! My version of instant noodles is packed with all the good things...the umami flavour bombs, some crunchy veggies, the smoothness of silken tofu and the awesomeness of Nori. I am sure you will love a hot bowl of this japanese-cuisine inspired noodly goodness on a soggy rainy day :)
Laksa is an amazingly rich, fragrant spicy yet creamy coconut broth with noodles and classic toppings such as fried tofu puffs, chicken and lime. A Malaysian icon, laksa is also found in other South East Asian countries such as Singapore and Indonesia. You can also switch it up with different types of meat, vegetables, seafood or tofu.
Nigari Tofu is tofu that has been made from soy milk curdled with brine (Nigari.)
The brine is actually magnesium chloride, a byproduct of extracting salt from seawater.
Most other tofu made now uses Calcium sulfate because it is less demanding.
But Nigari tofu is much healthier and with a slightly natural taste!
It's also specialty tofu in Taiwan.
This easy miso soup recipe can be done with just a few ingredients from the pantry (or fridge): dashi powder, miso paste, dried kelp. Great, but totally optional, addition, is soft tofu, cut into small cubes! Boil some water, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer a few minutes, and voila! Comfort in a bowl.
One of my favorite food memories is the day when my family got together to make bunch of mandu--dumplings!
My mom would prepare enough ingredients to make about one hundred dumplings and it would take us the whole day to make the mandu.
We'd all gather around a table and talk about what happened at school, work--in life.
We still have this tradition to this day and I look forward to visiting my mom to make mandu together with her and the rest of my family :)