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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Coconut Noodles

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4




  • Coarse salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) thin dried rice noodles
  • 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 piece (2 inches) peeled fresh ginger, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 small fresh red chiles, halved, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 fresh lemongrass stalk, bottom 4 inches only, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook noodles until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Bring coconut milk and chicken stock to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, process cilantro, basil, garlic, ginger, and 1 chile in a food processor until coarsely chopped, 5 seconds. Add cilantro mixture, fish sauce (if desired), lemongrass, and sugar to broth; simmer 6 minutes. Discard lemongrass.

  3. Step 3

    Add noodles; cook until just heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice. Finely chop remaining chile. Divide noodles among bowls; top with cilantro, basil, and chile.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2004