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Kari Laksa: Spicy Coconut Curry with Green Beans, Fried Tofu, and Bean Sprouts

“Kari” is curry in the Malay language. Laksa pronounced “lak-sah” is a spicy noodle soup commonly found in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Each country and state has its own version of laksa and ingredients and each argue that theirs is the best version. However you eat laksa, you know you got your laksa recipe down when you or your guests start slurping, wiping their brow, and getting runny noses throughout the meal.

Kari Laksa: Spicy Coconut Curry with Green Beans, Fried Tofu, and Bean Sprouts

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Chili Paste

  • 2 Tablespoons (40 g) dark miso paste
  • 3 fresh red chilis (70 g) stemmed, sliced lengthwise and then cut in half (do not discard seeds)
  • 2 yellow onions (450 g), peeled and cut into quarters
  • 5 garlic cloves, left whole
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) hot chili oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) curry powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (20 g) red chili powder
  • 2 cups (470 ml) water

Soup (Gravy)

  • 2 cups (90 g) firm tofu, cut in bite-sized pieces and sauteed in 1 teaspoon of oil.
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 cups (470 ml) water
  • 20 green beans, stemmed, cut into thirds
  • 1 ¼ cup (60 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) sugar
  • 13 oz. (370 g) Rice Vermicelli noodles (see cook’s tips)
  • 1 cup (65 g) bean sprouts


  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lime wedges


Chili Paste

  1. Place all chili paste ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour into a bowl and set aside
  3. Make the soup (gravy)

Soup (Gravy)

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of oil in a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and cook for 5 minutes, turning occasionally so that all sides are slightly browned. Turn off heat and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat and add cinnamon stick and curry leaves.
  3. Stir for a few seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add the chili paste and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add 1 cup (235 ml) of water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add green beans,tofu,coconut milk,soy sauce and sugar.
  7. Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Stir to combine, cover pot and turn off heat.
  9. Discard curry leaves before serving.


  1. In a large pot, boil water for the noodles.
  2. When water boils add noodles,cook for 2 minutes and drain.
  3. Add 1 cup of noodles to each serving bowl (this measurement does not have to be precise).
  4. Top with 3 ladles of soup (gravy), a handful of bean sprouts,and top with 5 or 6 mint leaves.
  5. Serve with 2 lime wedges on the side.
  6. Before you dive in, squeeze with lime and stir.
  7. Serve with chopsticks and a spoon.


This dish is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Rice vermicelli can be found in most Asian sections at the grocery store. Alternatively, you can use angel hair or capellini pasta.
For the fresh red chilis try to find Fresno chilis. If you cannot find Fresnos you can use any other fresh red chili (just keep in mind that some varieties are more spicy than other). You can also use jalapeno pepper if you can’t find any fresh red chili variety.


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Molly Patrick is the co-founder of Clean Food Dirty Girl, a website dedicated to helping people break up with processed foods and swapping it out with whole plant foods. Molly takes the boring out of healthy and the preachy out of vegan.



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6 comments on “Kari Laksa: Spicy Coconut Curry with Green Beans, Fried Tofu, and Bean Sprouts”

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5 Months Ago

How many servings does this recipe make?

Xkfilmes Brasil
1 Years Ago


Iris Lee
1 Years Ago

Looks great

Eta Ari
1 Years Ago

Albiana Bugujevci

Angelina Oxley
1 Years Ago

My favourite :)

Laurie King
1 Years Ago

Lak-sah Lot :-D ya'all share the best

Jana Leland
1 Years Ago

oi! that looks wonderful.


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