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The Best Thai Laksa: Spicy Coconut Pumpkin Soup

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 large bowls 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Flavor packed homemade Laksa paste is combined with pumpkin, broth, and coconut milk in this Asian fusion spicy Thai pumpkin Laksa. Topping options are endless in this spicy soup, we went in for cilantro, scallions, shrimp, egg, pepitas, habanero, lime, and mint. Super warming (read: so spicy) fall-inspired soup you will come back to again and again.




7 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 Tbsp garlic paste)

2 tsp sugar

2 Tbsp ginger paste

1 tbsp lemongrass paste

1 Tbsp fish sauce

1 Tbsp chili paste

1/4 cup chopped cilantro stems

1 small habanero, seeded, and minced

1 tsp salt


2 cups pumpkin puree

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 14oz can coconut milk ( I used light)

3 dashes fish sauce

Juice of 1/2 lime


8oz Thai Vermicelli prepared

2 medium onions

2 Tbsp sesame oil

Cilantro leaves, chopped

Scallions, thinly sliced

2 Eggs, soft to hard-boiled, halved

Lime wedges


Habanero, sliced

1 lb shrimp, peeled and steamed


  1. Make Laksa Paste: Start by making the paste. You can chop everything or use a Magic Bullet Blender. Combine garlic, ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, chili paste, cilantro stems, habanero, and salt.
  2. Saute: Saute onions in sesame oil over medium heat, stirring often until they are deep brown (20-30 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Fry Paste: In the same pan, heat the Laksa paste over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Add Pumpkin: Add pumpkin puree, and continue cooking 3 more minutes.
  5. Simmer: Whisk in broth and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. During this time, boil the Vermicelli noodles, drain, and set aside. hard boil the eggs for 6 minutes (soft) or 9 minutes (hard) or use my favorite egg cooker to get it perfect quickly.
  7. Simmer: Stir in coconut milk and lime juice, simmer 5 minutes.
  8. Assemble: Serve with Vermicelli, halved egg, and protein in the broth, and your favorite topping on top (cilantro, mint, pepitas, scallions, lime wedge, caramelized onions)


*Nutritional data includes egg, shrimp, and light coconut milk.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Thai

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