Laksa - excuse my ignorance but . . .
What is laksa exactly?
A basic definition of laksa is "a one-dish meal of rice noodles and seafood in a spicy soup. The Singaporean (Laksa Lemak) version is rich with coconut milk, while the Penang (Assam Laksa) version omits the coconut milk and is piquant in flavor."
This definition comes from the wonderful Charmaine Solomon who has written numerous Asian cookbooks. She also markets a Singaporean Laska paste(available in stores in Australia or via her web site-attached in this message). I tried her paste and it was great (although I used a lot more of the paste than specified).