Everyone loves a simple chicken noodle soup. This is not that soup.
Curry Mee Noodle Soup has a broth rich with spices and creamy coconut milk. Ladled over a nest of noodles and topped with caramelized shallots – it sounds complex, but it’s definitely not.
We had some crazy weather this week. Lots of wind and so much rain that our backyard had pools of water everywhere. Our roof leaked a tiny bit too. Ugh. Just another thing to fix once the weather clears. At least we have soup – it’s one of the only redeeming qualities of cold weather.
Before the chilly weather disappears and the tulips start popping, I’d recommend adding this to your shopping list. You’ll impress yourself with your mad soup skills.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced lemon grass (I use the squeeze tubes found in the produce section)
- 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1- 2 teaspoons (depending on preferred heat) Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce, more for serving
- ¾ pound chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces (vegetarian option - use portabella mushrooms)
- 3 tablespoons curry powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 9 ounces Asian noodles (udon, soba, or vermicelli will work)
- Salt to taste
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 2 scallions, cut into thin rings
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced and deep fried in vegetable oil until brown (optional)
- 2 limes, quartered for serving (the limes make the soup - don't do without them!)
- In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, ginger and lemon grass. Cook about 10 minutes, until softened. If starting to brown, turn down the heat.
- Add garlic and chili paste, stir until fragrant - about 1 minute.
- Turn the heat up to medium high and add the chicken. Saute for 1 minute.
- Add curry powder and paprika and stir to coat the chicken (or mushrooms).
- Add coconut milk, chicken stock, turmeric, fish sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- While the chicken cooks, start the noodles following the package instructions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
- Taste the broth and adjust seasonings with salt.
- Divide noodles into large soup bowls. (store noodles separately for leftovers)
- When ready to serve, ladle hot broth over noodles.
- Top with cilantro, scallions and fried shallots.
- Serve with a squeeze of lime and additional chili paste.
*The original recipe notes that the base can be thickened by adding a few boiled potatoes.