Yellow Laksa with Tofu and Noodles Recipe
1 tbsp peanut oil
1 small brown onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 litre vegetable stock
1 tsp turmeric powder or 1 tbsp finely grated turmeric root
3cm piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
1 red chilli, chopped (optional), plus extra for garnish
1 small bunch of coriander
1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 tsp palm sugar, finely grated
1 lime, juice only, plus extra wedges to serve
2 cups pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes
300g firm tofu
400ml coconut milk
200g bean thread noodles
1 cup bean sprouts
Heat oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, for about 5 minutes.
Add stock, turmeric, sliced ginger, chilli, finely chopped coriander roots and stalks (reserve leaves for garnish), tamari, palm sugar and lime juice. Bring to a boil and add pumpkin. Simmer for 10 minutes until pumpkin is soft.
Add tofu, coconut milk and noodles, bring to a simmer and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until noodles are cooked. Don’t overcook the noodles or they will fall apart.
Taste, and add extra tamari, lime juice and palm sugar if needed.
Spoon into bowls, top with bean sprouts and garnish with coriander leaves and sliced chillies. Serve with lime wedges.
Bean thread noodles are often called “cellophane” noodles because they are clear when cooked. They are made from mung beans and are higher in protein than rice noodles.