Chiang Mai noodles soup

Red curry is one of the classic Thai curries (along with yellow, green, masaman, jungle, and other curries) and is usually used to make wonderful main courses. Here it is used subtly in a soup adding that beautiful pop of flavor.

This is a big soup that can be almost served as a meal. The soft noodles are paired with a delicious red curry soup and topped with beautifully poached Asian style chicken, and the spicy red chilies. The soup is spicy, tart and full of flavor. The chicken is from a recipe for Asian style chicken broth, but you may substitute any roasted or cooked chicken here.

This was one of my early cookbooks, one that I have cooked at least half the recipes from. There are soups from around the world, including simple soups like this one to elaborate one-dish meals. This is one of those books that will make you fall in love with soup!

For more recipes from this cookbook click here.


1 teaspoon oil

2-3 tablespoons red curry paste, I like Real Thai brand

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2-34 cup coconut milk

1 cup shredded chicken thigh or leg meat from Asian Chicken stock , or any roasted chicken

2 cups Asian chicken stock

1 teaspoon fish sauce, Thai preferred

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Thai red chilies, halved longitudinally or cut into thick circles

Salt, to taste

Juice of 1/2 -1 lime

2 cups thin egg noodles, cooked as per directions on package

1 bok choy, leaves and stems finely diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

3-4 scallions, finely sliced

A handful cilantro, minced + for garnish

Red chilies, finely sliced, Thai preferred