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I have soup and stories to share today!!
And for once they both go together!! No random out of nowhere talk today because the recipe and the story go hand in hand. Cool!
OKok, so you may hear me talk about my brother Brendan and his girlfriend Lyndsie from time to time. Well, those two are the inspiration, and honestly the reason this recipe came to be. The two of them just returned from a month plus trip to Thailand. They were supposed to be shopping for home goods and such for Lyndsie’s sister Amber. Amber is an interior designer in LA with a shoppe in Calabasas. While I suppose they did manage to squeeze in some of that, I really think they just drank Mai Tai’s, ate delicious food, rode elephants, and hung out by the pool…when in Thailand, right?
While they were searching for all their goods, they also came across new recipes. This Chicken Khao Soi Soup is Lyndsie’s favorite and she demanded I make it right away. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but she said it is her all time favorite, and the moment I looked up the recipe I knew she was on to something that I had to make. I also knew just how to put my own little spin on the recipe.
Chicken Khao Soi is a northern Thai chicken noodle soup made up simply of curry paste, coconut milk and chicken. Honestly, this is one of the easiest recipes ever. The secret is the khao soi curry paste, which Brendan and Lyndsie sent me straight from Thailand along with the egg noodles also needed to complete this soup. They sent me a bunch of other foods too…but it’s all in Thai and I have not a clue as to what it is. Think of things that look like dried mushrooms, chile peppers, spices and some weird white things that look like they belong on the bottom of the ocean…not gonna lie, I’m kind of creeped out by them. Maybe those guys can enlighten me when they come for Christmas.
Anyway, the point is that they helped me to create this soup, and without their adventures I would never have been able to experience the deliciousness that is Chicken Khao Soi. I also wouldn’t have been able to share it with you guys!!
And um, I am SO very excited to share it!
Oh and aside from all the food, they sent back a ton of dishes, like the middle bowl you see in these photos, and the chopsticks too! So I mean, I have some pretty authentic Thai food happening right now, and if I didn’t already make it clear (I did, I know) I’m pumped about it.
Alright, so here is the deal with this Thai pomegranate chicken khao soi noodle soup. Like I said, it’s simple and the secret is truly in the khao soi Paste that they sent back. Unfortunately, I’ve searched high and low on Amazon, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Bon Appetit has a great homemade recipe that I highly recommend trying when you have the time. But if you’re just looking for a quick meal, I remade the soup using just Thai Red curry paste and it was still delicious. Just add an extra pinch of cayenne for a little kick of heat.
As I mentioned, traditionally the soup is just khao soi paste, coconut milk, chicken broth, chicken, fish sauce and egg noodles, but I when I read the ingredients I could not help but think that the addition of kabocha squash and pomegranate arils would be kind of amazing. So my version includes thin wedges of kabocha squash, pomegranate molasses and fresh pomegranate arils for topping.
I know I say this a lot, but guys, this soup is incredible! It’s spicy, but the heat is balanced by the coconut milk, squash and sweet pomegranate. The egg noodles are a must, I mean obviously, and while the pomegranate might seem odd, it completes the recipe, giving the soup a burst of freshness. Words cannot describe how much I love this bowl of soup. New winter favorite right here.
Best part? Very minimal hands on time, ten ingredients, twelve with the cilantro and lime garnishes, and it’s ready to eat in under forty-five minutes. Best meal ever. <– for real.
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So everyone please thank the brother and his girlfriend for this one…and then make bowl after bowl.
Would it be possible to use shredded rotisserie chicken for this recipe?
Totally, that would be a great idea!! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
I’d love to make this but I am gluten intolerant. Do you think I could substitute in rice noodles instead of egg noodles?
Yes, I think rice noodles would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions!! xTieghan
Loved this soup. I used the linked recipe to make khao soi paste and I’m so glad I did. The flavor was amazing and I like how it added other flavors than just curry paste would.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Ok, I’m definitely going to have to try this. I went to Thailand on my honeymoon and we had INCREDIBLE khoa soi at this little roadside stand down the street from our hotel. I’m almost nervous to even try to top it, but I love the idea of adding squash and pomegranates.
I hope this one is just as tasty for you, Courtney! Thank you so much!
I would love to try Khao Soi one day! SO yummy. And I never knew that Amber owned a store in Calabasas–I used to live there!
This recipe is AH-MAZING! So good, the textures and flavors are awesome, and it’s healthy. It’s a win-win. Keep it up girl! 🙂
Thanks so much Ella!! (:
I love Thai flavors, a big bowl of this soup is just what I’m craving!
You should make it!! And thank you as always!!