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Khao Soi – Chiang Mai Curry Noodle Soup

The true origin of this dish is debatable. Some will tell you it comes from the Shan State of Burma, while others say it arrived in Thailand with Muslim traders from Yunnan. Whatever the origin, this dish is delicious and easy to make (once you’ve made your red curry paste). The recipe is traditional made with beef, though we’ve used chicken here. Chinese egg noodles can be found at most Asian groceries. They come in 500g packages and the noodles look similar to linguine noodles.

 

 

Khao Soi - Chiang Mai Curry Noodle Soup
The recipe is traditional made with beef, though we’ve used chicken here. Chinese egg noodles can be found at most Asian groceries. They come in 500g packages and the noodles look similar to linguine noodles.
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Cuisine: Thai
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (homemade is best, but you can use store bought paste also)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3 cups coconut milk (reserve ½ cup of the thickest milk in a separate container)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • peanut oil (for frying crispy noodles for topping)
  • 500 g Chinese egg noodles (some reserved for frying)
Optional condiments
  • ½ cup minced Asian shallots
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 - 3 chillies
  • pickled cabbage
Instructions
  1. In a mortar (or a bowl), pound the garlic, turmeric and red curry paste until of a consistent texture. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bowl or wok, heat the oil. Stir fry the paste of red curry, turmeric and garlic in the oil for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the ½ cup of reserved coconut milk and stir constantly until the paste has been incorporated into the milk.
  4. Add the meat and sugar and cook until the meat is cooked just on the outside.
  5. Add the remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer.
  6. Add the block of noodles (minus the ones you’re saving for the topping) and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, occasionally working to stir the noodles around in the pan to break them up. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.
  7. To make the crispy egg noodles to top the dish, heat a wok or large pot with peanut oil. When the oil is hot, drop in the noodles, stirring once and then quickly removing. These only take a few seconds.
  8. Place a plate lined with paper towels and reserve for topping the khao soi.
To serve
  1. Spoon the khao soi into a shallow bowl and top with crispy egg noodles, lime and any of the other optional condiments from above. This is one of those dishes that Thais “customise” to their liking at the table.

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