Our Foodie Contest Winner & the YUM Recipe Behind it!

Congratulations to Monica Lo, the winner of our San Francisco Foodie Photo Contest, whose entry, which showcased homemade Laksa, made the GuideAdvsior team drool.

We had so many great entries that showcased everything from ice cream and coffee to tacos and pizza but it was Monica’s picture of a dish of Laksa (a spicy noodle dish that’s popular in Malaysia and Singapore) that really grabbed our attention with its contrast of hot food on a cool backdrop. When we read Monica’s description that indicated she had made it herself using ingredients from the Chinatown district in San Francisco, we were sold.

It turns out Monica (an art director by trade) was a perfect choice for our winner as she just moved to San Francisco three weeks ago and is still in the throws of discovering her new locale. She’s about to learn even more because her prize is a tour for two around the Mission District of San Francisco with Edible Excursions and food guide extraordinaire Lisa Rogovin!

The adventure Monica and a friend are going on is called the Mission 18th Street Tour and the GuideAdvisor team can speak from experience (having recently taken a tour with Lisa Rogovin) that they’re in for a great time: delicious food tastings, beautiful viewings of the colourful murals in the area and a fascinating description of its historical significance.

When we let Monica know that she had won, we also asked if she’d be willing to share her recipe with us and she agreed. This is what she wrote:

Laksa Recipe – the San Francisco Foodie Contest Winner


  • Singaporean Laksa paste
  • Fresh veggies
  • Rice vermicelli
  • Eggs
  • Bean sprouts
  • Chinese long beans
  • Can of coconut milk
  • Boiling Water
  • Fried bean curds
  • Shallots, thinly sliced


  1. Cook rice vermicelli in boiling water and drain
  2. Fry the shallots until crispy
  3. Boil the eggs and quickly poach bean sprouts and Chinese long beans
  4. In another pot, bring the coconut milk & two cups of water to boil, add in some fried bean curds and mixed in the Laksa paste to taste.
  5. Pour Laksa broth in two bowls then arrange the fried bean curd, hard boiled egg, bean sprout and Chinese long beans on top
  6. Garnish with crispy fried shallots

Congratulations again to Monica and a big thank you to Lisa Rogovin and Edible Excursions for helping us out with our first-ever San Francisco Foodie Photo Contest. We’ll definitely be doing another one again.

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