to start cooking the Laksa..
First we want to
make up the gravy so that it has plenty of time to thicken up,
to do this you heat up a decent sized pan to hold all that sauce
we are about to make with a bit of peanut oil to begin with too
this we add 2-3 tablespoons of our fresh made laksa paste and
heat it through to release all the natural flavours once you can
start to smell that sauce add to it the 2 cans of coconut milk
and the rest of the fish stock, you may want to give that gravy
a bit of a taste test now. We decided that it needed just a little
more kick to it so we added another smaller tablespoon of curry
paste, but this is entirely up to your palette.
Now leave this sauce to simmer away and start on the Crabs...
After cleaning all the Mud crabs and
breaking them down in to manageable sizes we choose to leave them
in halves but pre-cracked the shells around the claws to allow
both the flavour in and to let the water that is stored in the
claws out, don't want too much of that crab juice diluting all
that beautiful laksa gravy we just so caringly made.
Now that the crabs are ready to be cooked.
Preheat your wok with peanut oil so
that the oil starts to smoke then throw in as many mud crabs as
will fit in and put a lid over the top ( A couple of sheets of
Al-foil will do just to keep the steam and natural juices in...)
give this a few moments to heat thru then pour in either a touch
of water of a splash of beer, we used beer seeing as we where
cooking over a barbie and that's what was close at the time it
also gives it just a bit more flavour than water(you can also
use some of that laksa gravy if you like).. Place lid back over
the wok and leave until the crabs are go a nice orange/red colour.
If there is still more crabs to do move the cooked ones into the
laksa gravy while you cook the rest.
If not then simply pour the laksa gravy over the top of all those
beautiful crabs and heat it all up together over a lower heat...
Now you can get those veggies and noodles
ready while the crabs soak up some of the sauce. Seeing as our
wok is probably overflowing with crabs either steam some vegetables
in you microwave or just quickly prepare them in another pan,
do the same with your noodles.
Now simply serve up the noodles and veggies into bowls and serve
up, leave the crabs and sauce in the wok and place in middle of
table and add garnish as you like....
Prepare to get messy if you don't your not doing it right.....
Hope you enjoy this dish as much
as I did.......