A easy curry paste offers this northern Thai–inspired soup remarkable depth of flavor.
Khao Soi Paste
four big dried New Mexico or guajillo chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
2 medium shallots, halved
8 garlic cloves
1 2″ piece ginger, peeled, sliced
¼ cup chopped cilantro stems
1 tablespoon floor coriander
1 tablespoon floor turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 14-oz. cans unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups low-sodium hen broth
1½ lb skinless, boneless hen thighs, halved lengthwise
1 lb Chinese egg noodles
3 tablespoons (or more) fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1 tablespoon (packed) palm sugar or pale brown sugar
Sliced red onion, bean sprouts, cilantro sprigs, crispy fried onions or shallots, chili oil, and lime wedges (for serving)
Dried chiles are accessible at Latin markets; Chinese egg noodles and chili oil are accessible at Asian markets. All might be discovered at many supermarkets.
Khao Soi Paste
Place chiles in a small heatproof bowl, upload boiling water to cover, and allow soak till softened, 25–30 minutes.
Drain chiles, booking soaking liquid. Purée chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder, and 2 Tbsp. soaking liquid in a meals processor, including extra soaking liquid via tablespoonfuls, if needed, till smooth.
Heat oil in a big heavy pot over medium heat. Add khao soi paste; cook, stirring constantly, till somewhat darkened, 4–6 minutes. Add coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil; upload chicken. Reduce warmth and simmer till hen is fork-tender, 20–25 minutes. Transfer hen to a plate. Let cool slightly; shred meat.
Meanwhile, cook dinner noodles according to package deal deal directions.
Add chicken, 3 Tbsp. fish sauce, and sugar to soup. Season with salt or extra fish sauce, if needed. Divide soup and noodles amongst bowls and serve with toppings.
Recipe via Ravin Nakjaroen of Long Grain in Camden, ME
, Photos via Ditte Isager
8 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 700 Fat (g) 36 Saturated Fat (g)24 Cholesterol (mg) 150 Carbohydrates (g) 65 Dietary Fiber (g) 6 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 35 Sodium (mg) 950