Khao soi / Chiang Mai curry noodles

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Weather has been good lately in this side of the world .

A good excuse to whip up a batch of piping hot noodles .

Note that I'm not really fond of soupy noodles er with some exceptions .

If that soup is made with peanut/sesame paste combo or it has some coconut milk/ spices in it , I'll say , yes , please !

I never knew that you can make khao soi paste from scratch - I just saw the recipe from Bon Appétit after I made my khao soi  -___-

Okay ,the sauce may look like a yellow curry , it does look like it actually , and it tastes wonderful ! Just imagine the taste by looking at all those ingredients below . Heck , even just the lime and soy sauce combination taste fantastic lol

I tweaked the recipe a bit , added 1 chopped shallots , more lime juice and some fish sauce to the soup /sauce . I marinated the chicken pieces with some lime juice , fish sauce and ground white pepper for 20 minutes before frying . I also added a drizzle of chili oil on top .

Recipe adapted from Quick and easy Thai

Serves 4 to 6

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons red curry paste
3/4 pound boneless chicken , cut into bite-size pieces (or boneless beef or flank steak , thinly sliced into 2-inch strips )
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce or soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 pound fresh Chinese-style egg noodles or 1/2 pound dried ( or angel hair pasta or spaghetti )

To garnish : 1/3 cup coarsely chopped shallots , 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro , 1/3 cup thinly sliced spring onions

* Heat some oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat , fry shallots until soften then add in garlic , fry until garlic turns lightly brown . Add in the curry paste , stir and cook for 1 minute . Add in the chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes . Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth , stir in the turmeric , soy sauce , sugar and salt , mix well . Bring to a gentle boil and adjust heat to maintain a lively simmer . Cook for 10 minutes , stir in the lime juice and fish sauce , give it a thorough stir and remove from heat , cover and keep warm . The sauce is thick and if you like it soupy just thin it out with warm water or broth , don't forget to adjust the taste .

* Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water (or after 5 minutes of cooking the sauce , start boiling the water ) cook fresh noodles for 2 minutes  and for dried noodles , cook according to the back label instruction . Drain and rinse well , divide noodles into individual bowls , ladle on hot sauce , sprinkle with shallots , cilantro and spring onions . Serve immediately .


  1. Hey Anne, this looks perfect. It's err colddddd in the UK and I have a cold, so looks like you have made this Khao Soi just for me :-)

  2. Anne, the noodle looks so flavourful and moreish. Well, can't go wrong with curry at this time of year. Beautiful clicks!

  3. this look absolutely beautiful Anne!!

  4. Your noodles are gorgeous!!! And I know they must taste as marvelous as they look...such lovely flavors in your recipe!

  5. Look at the colour of your curry noodles, I know this is a bowl of yummy noodles. Ya, I have do my part of donating from here..

  6. Hi there.. I live in Indonesia, I can't find the red curry paste here at my town. I'm wondering if you happen to have the recipe to make red curry paste??

    1. Woah , you haven't seen Thai red curry paste there ?! Anyway , here's an easy recipe Thai red curry paste

    2. well.. I live in a small town and Thai red curry paste is not common thing here. Anyway, thanks for the recipe, can hardly wait to try it out. ^_^

  7. It happens to be a very chilly day here in my corner of the world Anne. Your curry noodles not only sounds comforting but it sure looks like they are pretty darn tasty too. I think I would prefer it thick but oh that Marion, she likes soupy soup, lol...I must save this recipe, I bet I could use leftover turkey in it too! I just love the combination of flavors.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne...

    1. Louise , turkey's a great sub for chicken indeed :D

  8. Curry noodles look perfect, thou I have never seen noodles with curry.

  9. i was lucky to get to taste khao soi made by a friend is so fragrant...i'm salivating thinking of it now...and i'm sure yours is just as delicious. anne, you can submit this post to aff-thai, just submit your post thru the linky at my blog :)

  10. Hi Anne, your this bowl of curry noodles look extremely good. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

    Have a nice day.


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