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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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).

  • 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.

Cook's Notes

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

Reviews (7)

54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2017
Yammi
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2012
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!
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Rating: Unrated
01/23/2012
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!
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2012
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!
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2012
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!
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Rating: Unrated
01/23/2012
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!