Quick & Healthy Recipes: Thai Kingklip Laksa Curry

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Quick & Healthy Recipes: Thai Kingklip Laksa Curry
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 19 January, 2024

There’s nothing better than a bowl of really good food. This quick-to-make, fragrant Thai Kingklip Laksa will be your weekly go-to once you’ve tried it. Not only is it delicious, but it gives your immune system a healthy boost too.

“Fragrant Thai dishes often come with garlic and ginger, two of my favourite winter immune-boosting ingredients,” said John Berry, Head of New Product Development at Kauai.

Serves 4

We’ve swapped cream for coconut milk and plain yoghurt. Use baby marrow noodles for a carb-free option, or serve with brown basmati rice for an added energy boost.

2 Tbsp (30ml) olive oil.
2 onions, chopped.
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped.
4cm knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated.
2cm knob fresh turmeric, peeled and grated (or whisk a pinch of ground turmeric into coconut milk).
1 sachet (100g) Thai red curry paste.
2 cans (400g each) coconut milk.
21/2 –3 cups (625–750ml) veg or chicken stock.
1 stalk lemongrass, halved and bruised.
10 lime leaves (curry leaves work well too).
Salt and pepper.
2 tsp (10ml) ground or grated palm sugar (or brown sugar).
1 tsp (5ml) cornflour.
1 cup (250ml) plain yoghurt.
Juice (60ml) of 2 limes (or 1 lemon).

To serve:
800g – 1kg kingklip.
600g green veg (such as broccoli, sugar snap peas, fine beans).
1 packet (300g) spiralised baby marrow.
Ruby micro herbs and chopped chilli (optional).


  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion for 8–10 minutes until golden.
  • Add garlic, ginger, turmeric and curry paste and fry for 3–5 minutes.
  • Stir in coconut milk and stock, then lemongrass and lime leaves.
  • Season and add sugar.
  • Let the food simmer uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk cornflour into yoghurt, and stir mixture into the sauce.
  • Simmer on low for about 5 minutes or until thickened and cooked.
  • Add lime juice and set the sauce aside, keeping it warm.
  • Prepare fish to your liking, pan-fried or poached in the sauce.
  • Blanch veg in boiling water for 1–2 minutes.
  • Place vegetables and fish in bowls and ladle over hot sauce.
  • Serve sprinkled with micro herbs and chilli.

We’ve got two extra tips for you! You can also use hake or any white fish if you can’t find kingklip. If you’re not carb-conscious and, in fact, need the energy that carbs give you to exercise, swap the veg noodles for buckwheat noodles. Discover more easy-to-make, quick and healthy recipes here.