Squid, Pumpkin & Quail Egg Laksa

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • For

    Six

Appears in

The Sugar Club Cookbook

By Peter Gordon

Published 1997

  • About

This laksa not only looks fairly spectacular – with a tiny fried egg and squid tentacles floating on top – it also has a splendid array of clean tastes, all of which work well together. The sweetness of the pumpkin is a perfect foil to the chilli-fired heat.

Ingredients

  • 1.8 litres (3 pints) fish stock
  • 300g (11 oz) pumpkin, cut into 6 wedges
  • 200g (7 oz) dried egg noodles
  • 5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 12 baby squid, cleaned and washed
  • 2 hot green chillies, finely sliced
  • 6 lime leaves
  • 6 baby aubergines, cut into quarters
  • 12 fine slices of galangal
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 50ml (fl oz) fresh lime juice
  • 6 quail eggs
  • fresh coriander

Method

Bring the fish stock to the boil and add the wedges of pumpkin; boil the pumpkin until cooked and remove from the pot, but keep warm. Add the noodles to the pot and cook until done. Drain through a colander into a large bowl, keeping the liquid.

Return the emptied pot to the heat and heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil until it begins to smoke. Add the baby squid and fry for 2 minutes, then remove and place with the pumpkin. Add the remaining sesame oil and, when hot, add the next five ingredients. Fry for 1 minute on a high heat, stirring well, then add the still warm fish stock, fish sauce, tamari and tamarind and turn to a simmer. After 5 minutes add the lime juice. While this is cooking, fry the quail eggs in a little cooking oil or a non-stick pan. Warm the six bowls and divide the noodles, pumpkin and squid between them, then ladle in the boiling liquid. Carefully place a quail’s egg on top of each and add fresh coriander to taste.