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Let’s Laksa!

Malaysians love eating! Many Malaysians will travel to other parts of the country just to try out the local food there. However, Malaysian food is not just famous among locals. Malaysian dishes are well known all around the world and many tourists come to Malaysia to try the original dishes for themselves.

One of the most famous dishes, both among locals and foreigners, is laksa. Mel Gibson the famous Hollywood actor even said that laksa is his favourite dish to cook at home!

Laksa is a spicy soup dish served with rice noodles. The noodles can be either the thick and chewy type or thin like threads. Vegetables and meat are added to the soup to complete the dish.

The history of laksa began in Malacca many hundreds of years ago. Back then, Malacca was a famous trading port with many traders visiting from all around the world. Some of the Chinese traders who came to Malacca decided to stay there. These people became known as the Baba Nyonya.

The Baba Nyonya began to follow the local way of life while still keeping some of their own Chinese traditions. This included their cooking style where they used local ingredients in their Chinesestyle dishes. For example, Chinese fish-broth noodle soup was mixed with local coconut milk and chilli peppers. This sweet and spicy dish became Nyonya laksa.

Nyonya laksa usually contains bean sprouts, bean curd puffs, sliced fish cake, prawns, chicken and hardboiled egg. Sometimes, instead of rice noodles, Nyonya laksa is served with thick yellow egg noodles.

This dish became so famous that other Malaysian states soon came up with their own local versions. Today, almost every state has its own type of laksa.

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trading port – a waterside town or city where people from all over the world meet to buy or sell goods
broth – a soup made out of stock, which is made by boiling meat, bones or vegetables slowly in water
versions – types
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