Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hot Soup: Chicken Khao Soi

This soup graced the cover of Bon Appetit magazine and then graced our family table.

Boneless chicken thigh meat, chiles grounded into a paste with curry, garlic, cilantro, ginger and coriander, then simmered all together in coconut milk and broth are the highlights in this Thai inspired soup.

Topped off with fresh red onion, lime, cilantro and bean sprouts and this soup becomes soulful and comforting.


Chicken Khao Soi
Serves 6-8
Recipe from Bon Appetit




Ingredients:

Kaho Soi Paste

4 large dried new Mexico or guajillo chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
2 medium shallots, halved
8 garlic cloves
1 2" piece ginger, peeled, sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro stems
1 Tbsp. ground coriander
1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. curry powder

Soup

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 14-oz. cans unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, halved lengthwise
1 lb. Chinese egg noodles
3 Tbsp (packed) palm sugar or light brown sugar
Kosher salt
Sliced red onion, bean sprouts, cilantro sprigs, crispy fried onions or shallots, chili oil, and lime wedges (for serving)

Ingredient Info: Dried chiles are available at Latin markets; Chinese noodles and chili oil are available at Asian markets.  All can be found at many supermarkets.

Directions:

Khao Soi Paste

Place chiles in a small heatproof bowl, add boiling water to cover and let soak until softened, 25-30 minutes.

Drain chiles, reserving soaking liquid.  Puree chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder, and 2 Tbsp. soaking liquid in a food processor, adding more soaking liquid by tablespoonfuls, if needed, until smooth.

Soup

Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.  Add khao soi paste; cook, stirring constantly, until slightly darkened, 4-6 minutes.  Add coconut milk and broth.  Bring to a boil; add chicken.  Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is fork tender, 20-25 minutes.  Transfer chicken to a plate.  Let cool slightly; shred meat.

Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.  Add chicken, 3 tbsp. fish sauce, and sugar to soup.  Season with salt or more fish sauce, if needed.  Divide soup and noodles among bowls and serve with toppings.

39 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Wow and double wow. What a fabulous presentation Velva. This soup deserved to be on the cover.
Sam

Barbara said...

Velva, that looks marvelous! The photo alone would tempt anyone to try it.

From the Kitchen said...

If you've seen my post today, you'll know that I'm a big fan of Thai. This looks delicious!!

Best,
Bonnie

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Love Thai food and have all the ingredients to make this. Nice photo!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I've been wanting to try a recipe with coconut milk and this sounds like a wonderful place to start. I love Thai flavors!

Susan said...

This is great and your photo looks so much better than BA. This will definitely be on a to do list.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I think this soup sounds delicious. That's happened many times at our house, the magazine hits the coffee table and the recipe on the front cover hits our dining room table quickly.

Roz cP said...

Velva is this soup similar to Thai Tom Gha Kai? Anything hot and spicy with coconut milk is perfection in a bowl for me! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

A beautiful bowl full of color!

Frugal in WV said...

Beautiful photo! Sounds like a great recipe, I love any type of spicy food, yum!

chewingthefat said...

That looks SO good--and the photo is stunning and restaurant-worthy!

Rosemary said...

Oh, my, this should be on a cover of a magazine! Looks absolutely delicious!

Chris said...

Wow, I can't wait to try this once spring allergies kick in. This would burn out my sinuses, which I love about curries and curry based soups.

ChatterBlossom said...

Oh wow, this is really neat looking and I imagine tastes just as good! My husband would loooooove this!
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

That Girl said...

It looks so nice and spicy.

Karen Harris said...

Oh wow Velva, this looks delicious. What a perfect dish for our unpredictable Colorado spring days. I can't wait to try it.

By the way, I don't know if you got my e-mail, but you are one of my Better Than Bouillon giveaway winners. Please e-mail me with your address and flavor requests for you 4 jars.
klwharris@comcast.net

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

What a fantastic & filling colourful soup! It is liek a complete & tasty meal! Waw, Velva! Superlooking tasty!

Rhodesia said...

This looks perfect for our taste, we will certainly try this recipe out. Thanks Diane

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I here to tell you that is one pretty bowl of soup!

kitchen flavours said...

A lovely bowl of noodles soup! Looks so delicious!

TKW said...

Funny! I have that issue flagged for that very recipe! Once I saw it, I knew I had to try it.

Silvia C said...

Oh my word....this soup looks amazing and when I read the ingredients I want to dance. I can imagine what it must be when all these flavors come together! Thanks SO much for sharing this one. Can't wait to try it. Happy Monday ;-)

Hungry Dog said...

I don't even need to read the recipe--just one look at that picture and I know I need to make this!

teresa said...

what a gorgeous and warming soup! the flavors sound like pure comfort!

Julie said...

Beautiful soup! It's still soup here!

Debby Foodiewife said...

My mouth is watering. What layers of flavors. Looks pretty healthy, too!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

the chiles in this soup makes it the best to me! I love hot and spicy foods and this sounds amazing!

Joanne said...

It sounds like there is so much flavor and spice in this! Love it.

Dining Alone said...

This looks amazing, and spicy! I'd leave out the cilantro but the rest looks delicious.

Angie's Recipes said...

So flavourful and delicious!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Oh, so delicious looking. I love Thai food and have tried to stock my cupboards with many of the ingredients one would need to cook Thai food on a whim.

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

Looks so delicious and packed with flavor! love Thai food - and yours looks great!

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

Looks so delicious and packed with flavor! love Thai food - and yours looks great!

Kim said...

It's beautiful, colorful, and looks to be packed with flavor. I have no doubt it was delicious.

Looks like you are having a wonderful time on vacation. Snow, food trucks, the president, wonder what's next?

We Are Not Martha said...

Even though it's the first day of spring, it still feels like winter here in Boston and this would be the PERFECT dinner for tonight. So beautiful!

Sues

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I can't tell you how many times I've look at this recipe on the cover of the magazine. Glad it turned out great for you!

Claudia said...

I've been looking at the recipe... you are very convincing, Vela. Just gorgeous.

Betty said...

I'd love for it to grace my table too. :)

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