As I didn't have the seafood described in Janella's recipe and I wanted to eat it immediately, I used fish balls from the freezer and silken tofu I had in the fridge. Everything else was the same.


  • Paste

  • 2 dried chillies, roasted

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, roasted

  • 2 tsp shrimp paste, roasted

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tsp lime zest

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, green part only roughly chopped

  • 1 tsp galangal, roughly chopped

  • 4 red chilles

  • ¼ cup macadamias

  • 1 tbls coriander roots and stems

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbls olive oil

  • 1 litre fish or vegetable stock

  • 2 tbls laksa paste (above)

  • 1 tbls tamarind paste

  • 1 pkt. silken tofu (UHT), large cubed

  • 8 fish balls (from chinese supermarket)

  • 4 small bundles of rice vermicelli, soaked in hot water

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (maybe)

  • Garnish - vietnamese mint, bean sprouts, lime wedges quartered, spring onions cut on the diagonal


  • 1.

    Pound all the paste ingredients together in a mortar and pestle or use a food processor.

  • 2.

    In a soup pot add the stock, 2 tbls laksa paste and the tamarind paste and let simmer for a few minutes. Now add the fish balls and let it cook for a minute or two until it is cooked. Taste for seasoning. If you like it saltier then add some fish sauce.

  • 3.

    Drain your noodles in a colander and divide them between 2 bowls. Top these with half the fish balls and cubed tofu each. Pour the hot broth over and garnish (above).

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 1573kj
  • Fat Total 76g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Protein 154g
  • Carbohydrate 78g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Sodium 1276mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Frozen fish balls are available from asian supermarket and UHT packet of silken tofu is available from the supermarket. I cut this iinto large cubes so that they don't break up.

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