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Burmese Khow Suey - Curry Noodle Soup

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Khow Suey is a soul comforting, Burmese one-dish meal consisting of a massaman style yellow coconut curry with vegetables, beef, or chicken served over egg noodles and topped with assorted ingredients like fried garlic, roughly ground peanuts, fried noodles, bean sprouts, coriander, chopped chilies, lime wedges, boiled shrimp, chopped boiled eggs and chopped spring onions. Khow suey is also known as Khao soi or khao soy in Laos or northern Thailand and is a popular street food there. Its similar to the Indonesian “Laksa.”
For the curry
  Onion 1 Large, finely chopped
  Boneless chicken/Beef / shrimp / fish / carrots, green beans and cauliflower 1 Pound, cut into strips
  Chickpea flour 1 Tablespoon
  Stock/Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Coconut cream 400 Milliliter (1 Can)
  Oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Preferably Peanut Oil)
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon (Preferably Roasted Before Grinding)
  Turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 2 Teaspoon, minced
  Fresh ginger 2 Teaspoon, grated
  Paprika/Chili flakes 1 Teaspoon (Don'T Use, If Using Thai Paste)
  Salt To Taste
  Curry powder 2 Teaspoon
For the accompaniment
  Cooked egg noodles/Spaghetti 8 Ounce (2 Packets)
  Onion 1 Large, thinly sliced and deep fried until brown and crisp.
  Garlic bulb 1 , slivered and deep fried until golden and crisp
  Lemons 4 , cut into wedges
  Boiled eggs 2 , chopped
  Spring onion 1 Bunch (100 gm), finely chopped
  Coriander leaves 3⁄4 Bunch (75 gm), finely chopped (1 Small Bunch)
  Green chilies 5 , finely chopped
  Peanuts 1 Cup (16 tbs), crushed
  Paprika/Chili flakes 2 Teaspoon (To Sprinkle On Top)

1. Have all the accompaniment ready. This can be done a day prior to serving, except the noodles which need to be freshly boiled and drained.
2. Prepare the curry paste by combining all the its ingredients in a large bowl. Blend well.

3. Use a large wok to a deep skillet to make the dish. Heat the oil over high.
4. When hot add the onion and sauté it until it is soft and lightly browned.
5. Now stir the prepared curry paste into the oil and sauté it until fragrant. Your kitchen will be filled with the divine aroma giving you a hint of what your curry will taste like.
6. Next add the chicken or what ever you wish the main ingredient of your curry to be. Sauté to coat with the curry paste and until the chicken turns white.
7. Add the chickpea flour and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until cooked. Unroasted chickpea flour can give the curry an unpleasant taste. This is similar to making a roux for white sauce.
8. Now gradually add the stock or water, stirring constantly to blend the ingredients and get a smooth consistency. You do not want a lumpy curry.
9. Bring the curry to a boil, stirring constantly.
10. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and stir in the coconut cream milk.
11. Allow the curry to simmer gently, for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken, or meat is tender, stirring occasionally. This is when flavors of all the ingredients marry each other.
12. While the curry simmers, boil the noodles. Make sure your noodles are not too soft and soggy. The curry makes them more soggy.

13. Place all your condiments and accompaniments in small bowls and place in a tray.
14. Dump the noodles into a large bowl.
15. Ladle the curry into another large bowl.
16. The way to eat this dish is to heap noodles into a bowl. Then drown them in the delicious hot coconut curry.
17. Add the toppings you like.
18. Your sure to have more than one helping!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Holiday, Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
This recipe of Burmese Khow Suey or Khao Soi is my favorite “assemble your self” noodle dish. The first time I ate this dish at a Thai-Burmese restaurant, I ate so much of it that I needed to open the button of my jeans! And yet I hadn't had enough so I tried making it the very next day (which was Sunday) for lunch! I now make this dish every time I throw a house party. It’s the best pot luck meal ever! It is an impressive dish to serve. Seeming to be a complicated dish to prepare, involving preparation of a curry and a large assortment of toppings surrounding a bowl of noodles, it's actually really very simple and worth every minute you spend in the kitchen. This recipe of khow suey has been tried and tested several times and is the closest I got to achieving the taste of my first bowl of this simply divine noodle curry soup!
Khao Soi

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 906 Calories from Fat 445

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 52 g79.7%

Saturated Fat 17.3 g86.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 92.5 mg30.8%

Sodium 348 mg14.5%

Total Carbohydrates 88 g29.4%

Dietary Fiber 9.9 g39.5%

Sugars 42 g

Protein 32 g64.4%

Vitamin A 49.7% Vitamin C 111.9%

Calcium 13.3% Iron 29.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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