I’ve said it before, no doubt I’ll say it again – I’m very lazy when it comes to cooking. I love my food, but rarely do I have the time or energy to create an epic meal, especially on week nights. You may think this laziness wouldn’t go hand in hand with my love of international cuisine, but that’s where Very Lazy comes in. I’ve raved about their Chilli Chorizo Mac n Cheese before, but it’s time to shine a spotlight on the Very Lazy Spicy Prawn Laksa – another staple in my evening meal planner.
Laksa is a fragrantly spiced, coconut milk based soup which is popular in Malaysia. Hamish first introduced me to it a few years ago. He used to eat it a lot when he was living in Singapore as a child. After the first taste of that (and more of the other dishes he grew up with) I was hooked. Unfortunately, around a month later most of the supermarkets or shops near us stopped stocking the ingredients we needed. So it’s safe to say I was over the moon when I discovered a Laksa recipe with ingredients that I could get hold of easily, which also happened to take less than ten minutes to make.
If you haven’t heard of Very Lazy, you must have been living under a rock! I’ve been a fan of theirs for years now. Quite frankly no kitchen is complete without them, to me they’re as essential as olive oil or salt and pepper. Very Lazy have a range of chopped ingredients and pastes, which form the base ingredients in most meals. Gone are the day of actually having to chop garlic, ginger or chillies or hunt down lemongrass paste in a billion different shops. You can now find them in most supermarkets. As someone with no knife skills, ergo the inability to finely chop anything, they are a lifesaver! Anyway on with the Very Lazy Spicy Prawn Laksa recipe…
2 nests of rice noodles
1 tsp very lazy chopped ginger
1 tsp very lazy chopped garlic
1 tsp very lazy red chillies
1 tsp very lazy lemongrass paste
A dash of oil (olive or coconut oil would work)
20 raw prawns, shelled
1 400 ml time coconut milk
2 tbsp fish sauce
Place the two rice noodle nests in boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions.
Mix together all of the very lazy ingredients before coating the prawns in them and frying for a minute on each side.
Add in the rest of the ingredients (bar the noodles), stir well and simmer for five minutes.
Add in the noodles and stir until combined.
Bish bash bosh, there you have a very lazy spicy prawn laksa in a matter of minutes. There’s no chopping, faffing or loads of mess! Now that’s my kind of cooking.
This light, fragrant and creamy dish is perfect for those summer evenings when you need something small, yet refreshing to eat. You could bulk it up by adding more noodles or beansprouts, alternatively you could add in some carrot or courgette noodles to up your vegetable intake.
If this very lazy spiced prawn laksa isn’t your cup of tea, there will be something on their website that you’ll fall in love with.