Kuch­ingStyle laksa

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16- 20 jumbo shrimps, de­veined, tails in­tact, shells re­served for stock 1.8 L chicken bone broth 1 large bone­less chicken breast ¾ cup Sarawak Laksa paste 2 large eggs 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari 1 tsp veg­etable oil 28 gm rice ver­mi­celli 1 cup co­conut milk 2 cups mung bean sprouts Fresh cilan­tro, to gar­nish Lime wedges, to gar­nish Sam­bal bel­can paste, to taste


Cover the shrimp shells in wa­ter, and bring to a boil. Let it sim­mer for 20 min­utes. In a heavy bot­tom pot, bring the bone broth to a boil, then add in the chicken breast. Re­duce to a sim­mer, and let it cook for 12 min­utes. Turn off heat, cover pot, and let chicken sit for 12- 15 min­utes. Re­move chicken from the stock, and when cool, shred and set aside. Stir the laksa paste into the stock. Us­ing a strainer to hold back the shrimp shells, add the shrimp stock into the chicken stock and laksa paste mix­ture. Cover and let the stock sim­mer on low heat for 30 min­utes. While the stock sim­mers, whisk the eggs to­gether with soy sauce in a bowl. On medium heat, heat oil in a thick- based pan and pour the egg mix­ture on top. Let it cook for two min­utes, then flip over with a spat­ula and turn off heat. Once the soy sauce egg has cooked, let it cool, cut into strips and set aside. Place rice ver­mi­celli in a bowl, and pour hot wa­ter on top. Let it sit for 5 min­utes; ag­i­tate them a bit to keep from stick­ing, then drain wa­ter and toss the ver­mi­celli in a few drops of oil, if they seem too sticky. Set aside. Strain the stock mix­ture through a sieve, re­turn to a high flame, and add in shrimps. Af­ter 30 seconds, re­move shrimp and set aside. Add co­conut milk into the stock mix­ture, bring to a boil, then re­move from heat and pre­pare to serve. Di­vide the bean sprouts, chicken, shrimps and ver­mi­celli among four bowls. Pour hot laksa broth on top. Serve with cilan­tro, lime wedges, chili pep­pers and sam­bal bel­can.

Novem­ber 15, 1991 ( age 25), Cal­i­for­nia, US

DID YOU KNOW? Shai­lene was con­sid­ered for the role of Kat­niss in the film adap­tion of the book, The Hunger Games.

“Jane is told that she’s too nice in a town where the moms aren’t al­ways that way,” Wood­ley said. “Every­thing about her is dif­fer­ent. She doesn’t dress like the other moms. She has a job, un­like most of them. She doesn’t fit.”

Or, as an­other mom de­scribes her: “She’s like a dirty old Prius parked out­side Bar­neys.”

“I can’t t ell you much more,” Wood­ley added, “be­cause it’s filled with twists and turns.”

The minis­eries, pro­duced by Kid­man and Wither­spoon, among oth­ers, was writ­ten by David E. Kel­ley and di­rected by Jean- Marc Vallee, best known for Dal­las Buy­ers Club ( 2013) and Wild ( 2014).

It was Dern, a friend, who first ap­proached Wood­ley about t he minis­eries. Sched­ul­ing is­sues stood in her way, but Dern was in­sis­tent.

“Laura said, ‘ You bet­ter do this project,'” Wood­ley re­called with a laugh. “It was a lot of fun be­cause JeanMarc Vallee, who did Dal­las Buy­ers Club and Wild, di­rected. I felt like we were mak­ing one long movie, but with so much char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment that you can’t do in many films.

Hav­ing worked with the likes of Clooney and on the Di­ver­gent se­ries, Janet Mcteer and Naomi Watts kept Wood l e y f r o m b e i n g u n d u l y i ntim­i­dated to find her­self act­ing along­side the likes of Dern, Kid­man and Wither­spoon.

“They’re amaz­ing women,” she said. “I keep hear­ing, ‘ What was it like to go up against them?’ The key thing here is that we worked to­gether and not against each other.

The young ac­tress hopes to split her time be­tween in­die films, in­ter­est­ing projects like this one and big- bud­get fare like Di­ver­gent ( 2014).

“I want to ex­plore emo­tions,” she said. “On some movies, some­times, you don’t get to ex­plore the depths of the char­ac­ter’s re­la­tion­ships be­cause there is so much story that has to take place. On the smaller, in­die films, I don’t learn as much about ac­tion or the tech­no­log­i­cal side of film­mak­ing, which I also find fas­ci­nat­ing.

“Both types of projects are re­ward­ing in dif­fer­ent ways.”

A na­tive of Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, Wood­ley is the daugh­ter of a mid­dles chool coun­sel­lor and a s chool prin­ci­pal. Pho­to­genic from in­fancy, she be­gan modelling at 4, and act­ing roles fol­lowed. She made her smallscreen de­but in the tele­vi­sion movie Re­plac­ing Dad ( 1999), then did a twoyear stint on The Dis­trict ( 2001- 2003), a year on The O. C. ( 2003- 2004) and then Cross­ing Jor­dan ( 2001- 2004).

Wood­ley­wasstar­ringasamyjuer­gens on the pop­u­lar se­ries The Se­cret Life of She’s been busy: 1 Shai­lene got in­ter­na­tional fame when she played Tris in the Di­ver­gent se­ries 2 young Shai­lene in Felic­ity: An Amer­i­can Girl 3 As hazel in the highly- ac­claimed The Fault in Our Stars 4 Play­ing George Clooney's trou­bled daugh­ter in The Descen­dents 5 Op­po­site Gor­don- Levitt in Snow­den In the teen drama White Bird in a Bliz­zard

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