Chicken Khao Soi
In the mood for a creamy, coconut Thai soup for dinner? Check out this Thai recipe for a Thai soup popular in northern Thailand!
- * Khao Soi Paste *
- 4-8 dried Thai chili peppers (depending on spice preference)
- 2 medium shallots, halved
- 10 garlic cloves
- 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 c. chopped cilantro stems
- 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
- 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- * Soup *
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
- 2 14-ounce cans of unsweetened coconut milk (Chaokoh Brand works best in my opinion)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, halved lengthwise
- 1 lb. Chinese egg noodles
- 3 tbsp. or more of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp. palm sugar or brown sugar
- * Toppings *
- 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup crispy fried shallots
- 1-2 limes quartered
- chili oil to taste
For Khao Soi Paste: Place chiles in small bowl and add boiling water to cover. Let soak until soft for 25-30 minutes. Drain chiles and save soaking liquid.
Puree chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder and 2 Tbsp. of soaking liquid in food processor. Add more liquid by tablespoonfuls if you need to until it's smooth.*Or you can be hardcore and use your mortar and pestle to puree the ingredients, instead of a food processor. Sadly we live on the second floor now, so I didn't want to irritate my neighbors by my bok-boking on the floor. But feel free to use yours if you want!
For Soup: Heat oil in heavy pot over medium heat. Add khao soi paste. Cook stirring constantly for 4-6 minutes until darkened. Really make sure you cook it for at least 4 minutes or you won't get as much flavor.
Add coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil.
Add chicken and reduce heat and simmer until chicken is fork-tender, 20-25 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a plate and shred it. Or you can be lazy and improper like me and shred it with a fork and knife in the pot.
Cook noodles according to package directions.
Add chicken, fish sauce and sugar to taste to soup. Divide soup and noodles among bowls and serve with toppings.
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