Laksa is a spicy, aromatic, soup, very popular in South-East Asia, and a meal in itself. It comprises a spicy laksa paste incorporated into a thick, rich coconut gravy, laced with spices and fresh herbs, to which is added seafood or chicken and is then served on a bed of fresh hot noodles. Although the preparation can appear daunting, if you gather all the ingredients and take it one step at a time, it is really very easy and a lot of fun. Here it is made with seafood. If you prefer chicken, omit seafood and add a pound of breast or thigh, sliced into thin strips, at step 9. Or, if you prefer, use tofu!