Laksa is a spicy noodle soup that is popular in Southeast Asia’s Peranakan cuisine. Laksa consists of thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawns or fish. It is eaten either with rich and spicy curry coconut milk or with sour asam (tamarind or gelugur) in a spicy broth.
Laksa is found in Southern Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore. However, due to its popularity, it can also be found in other regions as well. The dish is commonly thought to have originated from Malaysia specifically.
The type of laksa is dependent on the soup base used in its recipe, either coconut milk which is rich and savory, or fresh and sour asam (tamarind, gelugur or kokum), or the combination of both. There are three basic types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa, and a variety that is neither curry or asam laksa.