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Thai Chicken Khao Soi

This Khao Soi is a Thai coconut noodle soup that is perfect for a cold evening. This soup is extremely delicious and is widely eaten in North Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. You will fall in love with this dish that has noodles in a thick, rich coconut broth, and usually chicken or beef.

A bowl of Chicken Khao Soi with noodles and toppings, accompanied by lime wedges and herbs on the side.A bowl of Chicken Khao Soi with noodles and toppings, accompanied by lime wedges and herbs on the side.

You will need:

  • 2 dried chillies, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften

  • 1 long red chilli, chopped

  • 2 eschalots, roughly chopped

  • 2 tsp mild curry powder

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • 1 1/2 lemongrass stalks, bruised, thinly sliced

  • 3 tsp coriander seeds, toasted, crushed

  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed, seeds reserved and pods discarded

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander roots & stems, plus leaves to serve

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil

  • 8 cups (2L) chicken stock

  • 2 kaffir lime leaves

  • 400ml can coconut cream

  • 8 chicken drumsticks

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fish sauce

  • 2 tbs lime juice

  • 1 tbs caster sugar

  • 200g dried rice noodles, cooked

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced, to serve

  • 1 cup (50g) crispy noodles, to serve

  • Lime wedges, to serve


1.Place chillies, eschalot, curry powder, turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, coriander seeds, cardamom seed, coriander root and stem, and 2 tbs oil in a food processor and whiz to a paste.

2.Heat remaining 1 tbs oil in a large non-stick stockpot over medium-low heat and add the spice paste. Cook, stirring, for 8-10 minutes until lightly caramelised. Add chicken stock, kaffir lime leaves and coconut cream, and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and simmer for 35 minutes or until chicken has cooked through and sauce is rich. Remove chicken and reduce broth for 10 minutes. Season with fish sauce, lime juice and sugar.

3.Divide rice noodles among bowls and ladle over the soup. Add chicken and top with onion, coriander leaves and crispy noodles. Serve with lime wedges.

This coconut curry noodle soup or Khao soi will become a staple on your weekly dinner menu!

Recipe and image by Delicious


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