Thai Noodle Soup


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Thai curry paste
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from about 2 limes
  • 2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts or 1/2 block tofu thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • Handful basil, cilantro, and/or mint leaves
  • Handful sliced scallions

Set a large stock pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add curry paste and cook, pressing it into the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon until fragrant and sizzling, about 1 minute. Whisk in chicken broth, fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice. Add chicken breast halves.

Allow mixture to come to a simmer and cook until chicken or tofu is cooked through, about 10 minutes. If using chicken, transfer to a bowl and, wearing gloves or working under cold running water, tear chicken into bite-sized strips.

Cook noodles in boiling water according to package instructions.

To serve, divide noodles and chicken or tofu between four large bowls. Season broth to taste with more lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and salt as desired, then pour over chicken and noodles. Divide herbs and scallions between bowl, and serve immediately with extra lime wedges.

Serves 4. From Serious Eats


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