Laksa – Malaysian Noodle Soup with Chicken

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This amazing Malaysian noodle soup is made with a rich coconut curry broth flavoured with lemon grass, lime leaves, chili peppers, fresh ginger, shallots, garlic, herbs and spices. The soup has also plenty of veggies, chicken, gluten-free rice vermicelli noodles, and is made from scratch.

FAQs about laksa


1. What is laksa?

Laksa is a famous fragrant Malaysian noodle soup made with light coconut curry broth, a dish that typically features chicken or shrimp. This soup is often served with various toppings, such as bean sprouts, fried shallots, green onions and chili paste.

2. Where did laksa come from?

Laksa is thought to have originated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong before eventually making its way to Malaysia. It is believed that the dish was first introduced to Malaysia by Chinese immigrants who settled in the country during the 18th century.

3. What are some of the most popular types of laksa?

There are many different types of laksa, but some of the most popular include Penang laksa (also known as Asam laksa), Sarawak laksa, Johor laksa, and Curry mee.

4. How do you make laksa?

While there are many different ways to make laksa, the basic ingredients usually include coconut milk, lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal or ginger, chili peppers, shallots and garlic.

making gluten-free Malaysian soup from scratch

Making laksa from scratch may seem daunting, but it is quite simple. The key is to get the right balance of spices in the soup. 

To simplify this Malaysian soup recipe, you can replace the herbs and spices with gluten-free laksa paste.

Why is this Malaysian soup a healthy recipe?

laksa soup with toppings in a bowl with chopsticks


When it comes to soup, Malaysians know how to do it right. Laksa is a delicious and healthy soup that is perfect for any occasion. 

The soup comprises vegetables, chicken, noodles, spices, herbs, and coconut milk. This combination makes for a soup that is not only flavorful but also packed with nutrients.

One of the reasons why laksa is so healthy is because of the abundance of veggies and lean chicken.

In addition, this laksa is made with gluten-free rice vermicelli. These naturally gluten-free noodles make this Malaysian meal a healthy addition to a gluten-free diet.

The spices and herbs in laksa add even more health benefits to the soup. These ingredients are rich in antioxidants and are also anti-inflammatory.

favorite vegetables for laksa

This traditional Malaysian noodle soup is often made with chicken, shrimp, or tofu. It’s a flavorful and hearty dish that’s perfect for cooler weather. However the veggies complete this soup recipe.

Here is a list of our favorites;


  • vegetables for laksa
  • green beans
  • napa cabbage
  • mushrooms
  • squash
  • tomatoes
  • bok choi
  • leeks
  • snap peas
  • fried tofu puffs
  • carrots
  • lotus root
  • bamboo shoots


protein add-ins

chicken coated with Malaysian spices in a pot


1. Chicken – a classic protein to add to any soup, and it works perfectly in laksa.

2. Shrimp – shrimp is another good option that adds richness to the soup

3. Tofu – for a vegetarian option, tofu is a great way to add protein and creaminess to the soup.


How to serve Malaysian noodle soup?

top view of Malaysian noodle soup with chicken and toppings


When it comes to Malaysian noodle soup, a few key ingredients make it truly delicious. The best thing about this meal is that it can be customized to your liking with different toppings. 

To start, place hot rice vermicelli into a bowl. Next, ladle hot soup over the noodles, then add essential laksa toppings.

Here is a list of our favorite toppings for Malaysian noodle soup;


  • bean sprouts
  • chopped cilantro leaves
  • crispy fried shallots
  • chili paste
  • fried tofu puffs
  • sliced green onions

Is laksa gluten-free?

Laksa is gluten-free, so this dish is acceptable for someone who has gluten-sensitivities or celiac disease. 

best gluten-free noodles for Malaysian noodle soup

When it comes to Malaysian noodle soup, the best gluten-free noodles to use are vermicelli, made from rice or tapioca flour. 

Rice and tapioca flour noodles are more resistant to breaking and becoming mushy, so they’ll hold up better in soups and stir-fries.


Is Malaysian soup spicy?

laksa soup with a close up of the coconut broth in a bowl


Yes, laksa is a Malaysian soup that is traditionally spicy. The spiciness comes from the chili peppers used to make the soup broth.

serve as a main

Laksa is a Malaysian noodle soup typically served as a main dish. The rich coconut curry broth is served with rice vermicelli noodles, vegetables and protein. The soup is also served with a side of various toppings.

to summarize,

This Laksa recipe is a coconut-based Malaysian noodle soup with chicken and vegetables. It is hearty with a robust flavor that is perfect for a winter meal. The soup is made with various spices, including chili pepper, lemongrass, lime leaf and ginger. You can use rice noodles or gluten-free thin vermicelli pasta noodles. The soup is topped with fresh cilantro and your choice of toppings.

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  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 2 - 4 long red chillies, trimmed (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. GF ground turmeric 
  • 1/4 tsp. GF anise seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. GF fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 4 large skinless bone-in chicken thighs
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon grass, stalk trimmed, outer leaves removed
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. GF tamari sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. GF fish sauce
  • 4 - 5 cups of vegetables cut to bite size. Here are some options; green beans, sweet potato, squash, lotus root, leeks, bok choi, mushrooms, Nappa cabbage
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Sea salt
  • 4 servings of cooked gluten-free rice vermicelli 
  • Optional toppings; bean sprouts, sliced green onions, chili sauce, cilantro leaves
  • Chefs notes: see post for more vegetable, protein and topping options. You can also replace the spices, lime leaves and lemon grass with 1/2 cup gluten-free laksa paste
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  • In a large soup pot, saute shallots and garlic in oil for three minutes. Stir in ginger, red chilies, turmeric, anise seeds, fennel seeds and cinnamon.
  • Season chicken with salt and add to the pan, stirring to coat with the spice mixture. Add water, lemon grass, lime leaves, tomato, coconut sugar, tamari sauce and fish sauce. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add vegetables and continue cooking for 15 minutes longer.
  • Discard the lemon grass, lime leaves and pull flesh off the bones and discard bones
  • Stir in coconut milk, and cook until heated through
  • To serve, place hot noodles into bowls, and top with hot soup and your choice of toppings
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