Laksa incorporates both Chinese and Malay cooking styles with a remarkable result—fresh rice noodles bathed in spicy coconut milk curry with chunks of seafood, egg and deep-fried tofu, and a sprinkling of fragrant herbs.
To prepare the Spice Paste, grind all the ingredients, except the salt, sugar and lemongrass in a mortar or blender, adding a little oil if necessary to keep the blades turning. Season the paste with the salt and sugar, and set aside with the lemongrass.
Heat the oil in a wok or pot over low heat and stir-fry the Spice Paste for 5 minutes until fragrant. Add th