I reckon at the word ‘sardine’ a lot of people will have passed this recipe by.
I love tinned sardines. I buy just sardines in oil and usually mash them on toast with a sprinkle of vinegar and salt, but today for some reason I remembered a laksa we had backpacking in Malaysia many many years ago. And thanks to the wonderful internet I have managed to locate some recipes and make it with ingredients more readily available in a UK supermarket than South East Asia.
500ml boiled water
1 layer of noodles or 1 handful of basmati rice (I used rice today)
1 low salt stock cube
1 tsp red or green thai curry paste
1 tbsp tamarind juice or 1 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tsp sugar
1-2 pellets of frozen spinach, or handful of green beans or peas (optional)
1 tin of sardines in oil
1/2tbsp dried mint or 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/4 of a small onion, very finely sliced
Boil the noodles for 5 minutes, or rice for 10 minutes, in the water together with the stock cube, curry paste, tamarind juice (or lemon & sugar) and vegetables if using.
Whilst this is cooking, roughly mash the sardines in the bottom of a deep soup bowl then add the sliced onion and mint.
When the noodles or rice are cooked just pour over the sardines in the bowl and away you go.