Learning how to cook laksa the right way opens so many new avenues for Singaporean cuisine. Take for example this dish: it blends together everything there is to love about Hawker food: creamy salted egg and spicy laksa!
250 g Knorr Mashed Potato Flakes
7 g salt
900 ml water
400 ml milk
50 g grated parmesan
30 ml oil
20 g shallots
4 pcs red chili
10 g dried chili
2 pcs of lemongrass
10 g turmeric
5 g shrimp paste
10 g dried shrimp
250 ml coconut milk
15g Knorr Chicken Powder, mixed in 250 ml of water
15 ml fish sauce
2 g Knorr Lime Powder, diluted in water
8 sheets of gelatine
Salted Egg Prawn:
150 g medium prawns
1 egg white
50 g rice flour
2.5 g Knorr Chicken Powder
Oil, for frying
10 ml corn oil
25 g unsalted butter
17 g Knorr Golden Salted Egg Powder
5 g red chili, sliced thin
3 g curry leaves
1. Potato lava: Heat water and salt until boiling, then add milk and the Knorr Mashed Potato Flakes. Mix well then set aside.
2. Laksa paste: Add all the ingredients into the food processor. Blend until it becomes a paste.
3. Laksa soup: Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or heavy pan over medium. Add laksa paste and stir until fragrant. Lower the heat, then let it cook for about 3–4 minutes more.
4. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for around 10 minutes to infuse the flavours.
5. Add the chicken stock and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add fish sauce and Knorr Lime Powder to taste.
6. Soak the gelatine with cold water, then add to the laksa soup. Mix well, then let it cool before storing it in the freezer to let it set.
7. Spoon the mashed potato into a mold, then fill the center with the laksa that was previously set. Cover the laksa with the mashed potato.
8. Salted Egg Prawn: Season the prawn with Knorr Chicken Powder, then add egg white.
9. Coat the prawn with rice flour, then deep fry until crisp and golden brown. Place the cooked prawn on paper towels until it’s time to assemble the dish.
10. Heat the oil in a small wok and add the butter. Stir until melted. Add the curry leaves and the red chilies, then add the Knorr Golden Salted Egg Powder.
11. Add the prawns, gently tossing it with the sauce.
12. To finish: Remove the mashed potato from the mold, then put in the serving bowl. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and then bake it at 180C for about 5 minutes. Arrange the potato dome with salted egg prawn on the side, then garnish.
The gooey surprise you get when you cut into the mashed potato is a creative take on Singapore food that is both picture-perfect and delicious to boot! Impress guests with this dish, and you’ll be sure to have a following. Guaranteed.