Prima Taste Laksa La Mian

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Chicken and egg not included in the package

It all started when Su-Lin tweeted about the possibility of obtaining the Prima Taste Laksa La Mian. This piqued my interest because next to Mee Siam, Laksa is my favorite noodles.

However, both Mee Siam and Laksa require a lot of work to make, so any commercial effort to make these two noodle dishes easy-to-prepare would be an instant hit.

Wouldn’t it?

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Prima Taste has an established reputation of packaging fairly authentic and delicious mixes for Asian dishes like Laksa, Curry Chicken and my favorite Mee Siam. One of my friends who is a fantastic cook is inevitably called to cook a dish on her overseas visits to friends and relatives; her secret is to have a pack or two of Prima Taste pre-mixes.

So you can imagine the interest that was generated when the Prima Taste Laksa La Mian was introduced in Singapore. I was curious since Su-Lin mentioned it and there was a minor confusion about it among my co-workers (price, serving size, etc), so I decided to buy a few packets and see what’s what.

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The cooking instructions were fairly easy to follow and as I dumped the Laksa paste into the water, I almost swooned at the almost immediate rush of spicy shrimp aromatics; genuine stuff cannot bluff.

I was a little concerned at the premix of coconut powder and other spices as it clumped slightly but nothing a spoon and some elbow grease can’t fix.

And as the mixture started bubbling, I added the La Mian. This was when I realized that there was too much water specified by the instructions. The 500ml of water would cook the noodles properly but yields a very weak, almost tasteless broth. As you can see from the photo at the end of this post, there’s just too much broth; I had to pour away almost half but by that time (see the levels of broth in the first photo of this post), the broth was too diluted.

The La Mian noodles, following the cooking timing, turned out very good, al dente and flavorful. Unfortunately, Laksa uses Rice-flour based noodles like Vermicelli and the like. This is because with the heavy gravy (not broth!), you need something slippery, light but still chewy to balance out. Using wheat flour noodles like the La Mian gives a very dense mouthfeel; coupled with the spicy gravy, it makes eating the whole ensemble heavy going.

While this may be the intent of the designers, it is definitely not what I look for in traditional Singaporean Laksa.

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Even though I get the need to make cooking the Prima Taste Laksa La Mian easy and hassle-free (all in one pot, just add water), I would prefer a tastier Laksa and I don’t mind working for it (up to a point).

As such, this is what I would propose: cook the noodles separately in another pot with the 500ml of water and, using about 250-300ml of water to make the gravy in another pot. Once the noodles are partially cooked, drain and finish off in the pot of bubbling gravy. Serve with hard-boiled egg, steamed prawns, beansprouts and, in my case, steamed chicken.

If you decide to replace the La Mian with rice noodles, don’t chuck the La Mian away; save it for another dish because it really is very good.

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To conclude, the individual components of the Prima Taste Laksa La Mian are authentic and fairly high-quality, unfortunately there is a lack of synergy when combining the two as I feel too much water was specified which diluted the gravy too much and the “inappropriate” noodles were used which threw my mouthfeel off. However, this is not to say that it is all bad and throw the baby out with the bath water because all it takes is just a another pot and very soon, you’ll get a taste of Laksa that’s a slice of Singapore.

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Posted on 1st Jul 2011 in Asian, Food and Drink, Peranakan, Singapore

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There Are 4 Comments

 

XY commented on July 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm


I tried this sometime when it first came out, and I thought it tasted pretty decent for instant noodles. My mum didn’t think so because of the coconut powder mix. I like the chewy noodles but I think it doesn’t click very well with laksa gravy/broth.


 

Su-Lin commented on July 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm


It looks like their soup base is exactly like the laksa soup they sell in the bigger packets – and it’s certainly decent. Glad to hear the noodles are pretty good (though not right for laksa).


 

ivan commented on July 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm


@Su-Lin: You’re absolutely right. BTW, I haven’t forgotten, just been busy. Would you like some Gula Melaka too?


 

Raymond Wong commented on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 am


Worst Laksa I have ever tasted! Selling at S$2.70 per single packet at NTUC.
It does not contain any Laksa Leafs in it’s spices …. Maybe Prima Taste have never heard of this spice!
For S$3, I can have a bowl of decent bowl of Laksa WITH COCKLES CLAMS! Eating Laksa without cockles clams is like eating pizza without cheese! The Noodles still tasted uncook after a long period Boiling. (Any instant noodle other brand only needs 4 minutes of boiling!)
Prima Taste place the name “Singapore Laksa La Miam” on this packaging, Please Do Not Disgrace our Singaporean Taste buds, We Singaporean would have gladly Flushed this down the toilets after the first bite!
I greatest disappointment in instant noodle eating to date!


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