Malaysian Coconut Noodle Soup

Happy Friday everyone! And to all our friends over in the USA, Happy Fourth of July! I hope you’re having a fantastic extended weekend

Today, I thought I’d share one of our all-time favourite noodle soups. It’s my family-friendly vegan take on Malaysian Laksa Lemak. This dish usually contains a fair amount of spice, but I’ve toned down the heat to make it suitable for youngsters (and lightweights like me!) It makes a great weekend lunch or light weekday meal.

Malaysian Coconut Noodle Soup

While you wouldn’t normally expect to see smoked tofu in this dish, I find the flavour works beautifully with the fragrant spiced gravy. I use Cauldron’s Organic Smoked Tofu (which you’ll find in the chiller cabinets in most of the UK’s major supermarkets). Its smoky flavour is very mild which suits Lil’ L (other brands have been ‘too smoky’ for him). If the smoky flavour isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute with sesame tofu or your own marinated tofu.

Caudron Smoked Tofu

If you want to keep the dish gluten-free, go for a brown rice noodle rather than wholewheat. One of my current favourite organic noodle brands is King Soba, which is currently available in the UK from independent health food shops and online. They cost £1.89 for 250g, which is a good price for organic noodles. If you can’t find them locally, you can buy them directly from King Soba, and they offer free delivery when you order six packs.

King Soba Noodles


Malaysian Coconut Noodle Soup

This recipe was featured in the latest issue of Fresh Vegan. Launched just a few months ago, this digital magazine has already gathered a huge following. It was recently nominated in the VegfestUK’s best publication awards, alongside well established magazines such as Vegetarian Living, so a huge well done to the FV team

What I love about Fresh Vegan (and what sets it apart from other food magazines) is the diversity of its features. It includes restaurant and product reviews, travel features, interviews and much, much more. If you’re interested in hearing the ethos behind the magazine, there’s a great interview with its creators over at

Fresh Vegan June 2014 Issue


Have you got any plans for the weekend? I’m really excited about the Tour de France, which starts tomorrow in Leeds (UK) no less! It’s my favourite sporting event of the year. And of course we still have the World Cup and Wimbledon. In between watching all this sport, I’m looking forward to heading out on my bike. A little bit of tennis (or ‘bat and ball’ in my case) might be in order too. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy! xx



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22 Responses to Malaysian Coconut Noodle Soup

  1. Though I’m not a huge lover of tofu (it’s a texture thing) I’d be happy to have a bowlful of this soup anytime! I haven’t tried smoked tofu, I wonder if it’s gluten free? Congratulations again for your feature in the magazine 🙂

    We were getting all excited for Le Tour since it’s close by but we can’t get near Leeds or most of the places by car and it’s going to pour down when they arrive in Harrogate. I saw one team practising the route near Harrogate yesterday on my way home from work, so that’s a bonus – I think it was the French team by the colours they were wearing.

    We may go into Huddersfield on Sunday morning to see them all fly by or we may go to see the end of Day 1 in Harrogate, we’ll make up our minds tonight!
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    • Hi Vicky! The only ingredients in the smoked tofu are water, organic tofu, calcium sulphate and smoke, so I’m guessing it would be GF? (though I suppose it’s always good to check)
      Wow you actually got to see one of the cycling teams! That is so cool! While it was sad to see Cav and Froome exit (and I did feel sorry for Contador when he crashed), the race has become even more exciting now 😉

  2. Thank you Sharon, this is so kind of you and love your recipes, I hope many enjoy as much as we did Xxxx

  3. Thanks for a lovely recipe, yet again 🙂 I love Malaysian cookery (veganised, of course) and noodle soup with tofu! My favourite noodles are King Soba 100% buckwhea soba noodles, which we buy in bulk as part of our order from Suma Wholefoods.
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    • It’s great to hear that Suma stock King Soba too. Their noodles are fab aren’t they? I absolutely adore Malaysian food and would love to try more recipes at home. Do you have any on your blog? If so, please do send me the links. Thank you xx

  4. This is a beautiful dish! I’m a flavour wimp, too, and I love the combination of spices you’ve used here. I always think using lemongrass is fun! Smoked tofu would add such great flavour, too! Your recipe makes a well-deserved feature in Fresh Vegan!

    I am taking it easy this weekend, as I’m feeling pretty tired lately. It’s been pretty full on the past few weeks and I’m ready for a lazy weekend! I plan on cooking lots, trying out some new fermented recipes, and seeing the new Transformers movie with my boyfriend! Have a beautiful weekend Sharon!
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    • Life can get so crazy busy can’t it? I feel like I’m in one of those spells at the moment, so I’m going to take a break in a couple of weeks and get myself back on track.
      I’m intrigued by the fermented recipes… that’s something I’ve yet to delve into. I look forward to reading all about it on your blog.
      How was the Transformers movie? It’s just been released over here. Is it worth a look?

  5. This looks right up my street.

    I love smoked tofu.
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    • Smoked tofu is amazing isn’t it? I was really surprised how well the flavour worked in this soup. I just can’t get enough of it at the mo. I’m even enjoying eating it cold lol!
      Have you posted any smoked tofu recipes yet? If so, please do send me the links as I’d love to try something new xx

  6. I have seen that tofu but not yet tried it 😀 This soup looks fantastic and a great excuse for more tofu!
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  7. Congratulations on the fabulous feature! I’m a fan of Fresh Vegan Magazine. My, my, this Malaysian Coconut Noodle Soup is one divine bowl of lovelies and absolutely gorgeous – I love all the ingredients you incorporated including lemongrass stalks and kaffir lime leaves. The dish gives me many fondest memories in Malaysia – we lived for a little while in KL and Malaysian dishes are always filled with spices and flavors – curry and curry and curry. Everything about this noodle soup is simply delicious. I’ve bookmarked this recipe and will make this when I get back to the U.S. for a little while this fall. I want to try the smoked tofu, I don’t think I can find them here in the U.S. but I have a smoker I can use. Speaking of World Cup, who are you rooting for? Enjoy watching Tour de France – that’s something my partner’s into. My weekend was pretty low-key (and it was extremely hot here in Oregon) nothing festive for the 4th of July – just some refreshing meals and classic 80s movies.

    • I absolutely adore Malaysian food, but I bet it tastes totally different when you eat the authentic dishes in Malaysia (just as Thai food tastes totally different in Thailand compared to the UK restaurants). Years ago I bought a Lonely Planet Guide to Malaysia but I’ve yet to make it there. One day!
      My boys loved watching the World Cup 🙂 Very early on, my hubbie had an inkling that Germany would win, and he did actually tell people that. I never imagined for one minute that he would be right! First time ever that a European team have won in the Americas!
      Now the World Cup’s finished, we’re onto watching the Tour every day. It’s been a bit of a shock to see some of the favourites crash out, but it’s getting more exciting by the day.
      A weekend of 80s movies sounds awesome! I really must do that over the summer 😀

      • There aren’t any Malaysian dishes here in Oregon – maybe it wasn’t a popular cuisine. Yes, the dishes in Malaysia are pretty different and more authentic due to locally sourced ingredients and they tend to use more fat in their dishes(hehe). If you guys ever head to Malaysia, let me know, we spent some time in KL few years ago.

        We knew Germany would win 😉 it was no surprise!
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  8. Yum! I can just imagine how aromatic this is 🙂
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  9. Sue

    I made your Pina Colada Cheesecake for a dinner party on Saturday and it went down a treat. Will definately be making it again. Thanks Sue

    • I am thrilled to hear that it was a hit with the family! 😀 The Pina Colada Cheesecake is one of my all time faves. I’m really glad you enjoyed it too ♥ Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know. I always appreciate feedback on the recipes xx

  10. This looks fantastic! My sister, who I sometimes need to cook for, is a bit picky, but I do a coconut curry that she loves and recently did a soba stir-fry which she liked also – this dish looks like a perfect combination of the two! Pinning for later:D
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    • Hi Shonalika. If you sister likes coconut curry & noodles, then there’s a good chance that she’ll like this dish. I really hope it’s a winner for her! xx

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