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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup

Inspired by Malaysian laksa, a traditional dish of noodles in hot spicy broth, this easy-to-prepare soup gets its complex flavor foundation from store-bought curry paste. It can be topped with cooked chicken (such as the Chicken with Basil and Lime), seafood, or tofu. Try other traditional garnishes, such as scallions, cilantro, chiles, peanuts, or hard-cooked eggs.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Chinese wheat noodles (mein), or rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Thai yellow curry paste (from one 4-ounce jar or can)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced, for garnish

Cook's Note

Noodles can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before using.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil.

  2. Step 2

    Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook curry paste, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in stock. Raise heat, and bring to a boil. Whisk in coconut milk. Cook until just simmering (do not boil).

  3. Step 3

    Cut lemon in half, and squeeze 1 half into saucepan. Cut remaining half into 4 wedges. Divide noodles and soup among 4 bowls. Garnish with basil, cucumber, and lemon wedges.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2011

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Reviews (6)

  • 16 Jul, 2013

    This was a nice dish and great as is or varied with endless possibilities. I made this with my young daughter and the whole family loved it. The cucumbers were a wonderful touch. To make it a bit heartier I think one could simply dice the cucumbers into bite size pieces. The thin slice make a delicate and lovely presentation piled in the middle.

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    This soup is so wonderful. The cumcumbers and basil taste fabulous. I am going to add potatoes next time. It was nice to use my homemade curry paste because I combined hot curry and sweet curry to spice it up a bit more. The rice noodles were a first for me. Yum!

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    This soup is so wonderful. The cumcumbers and basil taste fabulous. I am going to add potatoes next time. It was nice to use my homemade curry paste because I combined hot curry and sweet curry to spice it up a bit more. The rice noodles were a first for me. Yum!

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    This soup is so wonderful. The cumcumbers and basil taste fabulous. I am going to add potatoes next time. It was nice to use my homemade curry paste because I combined hot curry and sweet curry to spice it up a bit more. The rice noodles were a first for me. Yum!

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    This soup is so wonderful. The cumcumbers and basil taste fabulous. I am going to add potatoes next time. It was nice to use my homemade curry paste because I combined hot curry and sweet curry to spice it up a bit more. The rice noodles were a first for me. Yum!

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    This soup is so wonderful. The cumcumbers and basil taste fabulous. I am going to add potatoes next time. It was nice to use my homemade curry paste because I combined hot curry and sweet curry to spice it up a bit more. The rice noodles were a first for me. Yum!