Cough and sniffles… head pounds… throat’s on fire
My mind wonders what can I? what can I? …
I could kill for some Penang Laksa. It is simply, spice in a bowl.
Laksa – which is available in Australia or for that matter in most western countries would be modified to the local “white” pallet. Laksa is usually coconut milk based. Which makes it to be rather creamy and rich.
But the Penang Laksa holds it’s own, because it is so different to the rest. It is tamarind based. (Tamarind is a tree that produces pods, these pods when ripened are then used in many Asian cooking, it adds a sourness to the dish)
The soup itself is not as thick as other Laksa’s but it is loaded with so much spice and flavours that it will definitely clear my nose, my sinuses and definitely numb my throat. And to use a regular cliche’ ” it will blow your mind”. I haven’t had this laksa since my last visit to Penang about 4-5 years ago. But the memory of the taste is well embedded.
When leaving Penang, passing time chatting to some locals on the plane, I mentioned my love for this spice bowl. As per them the broth is started with gently tossing a few anchovies in hot oil, then gradually all the other ingredients eg ginger or galangal go in. I am looking through online recipes and there is no mention of the anchovies. But, I guess with any of the traditional food, each grandma from each region will have their own method of cooking the dish.
Along with the super spicy broth, there is also noodles and meat or seafood. It will be topped with more fresh chillies, spring onion etc. This is definitely worth adding onto your bucket list of things to try.
If I didn’t pay any taxes, I could probably afford to fly over to Penang right now, maybe even on a private jet to get my Spicy Penang Laksa.
If I didn’t pay any taxes, maybe I wouldn’t be contributing to a stupid vote on whether same sex couples could get married or not. Food for thought.
Daily word Prompt: Spicy