Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lao Khao Soi

Lao Khao Soi is a Burmese influenced noodle dish that takes plenty of variations all around the world. Some are made with fermented bean paste and some with pickled vegetables and crispy noodles. My version follows more of the Laotian diet filled with plenty of cilantro, tomato and shallots. Dried chilies give this thick broth a wonderful, rich depth of flavor. Find all different kinds of dried chilies in the Mexican section of the store and play around with which one you like better.

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Homemade chili paste made with guajillo chilies, cilantro, shallots and ginger slowly simmered until thick and served in a bowl with fresh noodles, watercress, seitan and chili oil.

Lao Khao Soi
serves 3
4 dried guajillo chilies, whole
2 shallots, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic
1" piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, leaves and stems
1 tbl ground coriander
1 tbl turmeric
1 tsp yellow curry paste
2 tbl coconut or canola oil
8 oz soy curls(left as is) or seitan, roughly chopped in small pieces
1-15oz can coconut milk
1-15oz can tomato sauce
2 cups vegetable broth
6 oz udon noodles
3 tbl tamari
1 tbl palm sugar organic light brown sugar
lime wedges, bean sprouts, thinly sliced red onion, watercress leaves, cilantro and chili oil

Cook the dried chilies in boiling water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Remove the chilies (reserving the soaking liquid) and discard the stems and seeds.
Combine the chilies with shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro, coriander, turmeric and curry paste in a blender or food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of soaking liquid and blend into a paste. Add more soaking liquid if necessary to smooth out the paste.
In a large pot, heat the oil and add the paste and seitan or soy curls. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until the paste darkens and the seitan is firm. Add the coconut milk, tomato sauce and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes.
While the broth is cooking, cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
Add the tamari and palm sugar to the broth and stir to combine. Taste and season with more tamari if necesary.
Divide soup and noodles into bowls and garnish with toppings.


  1. I just want to say that I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog. As much as it pains me to admit it, I have bored lately with the traditional fare that is found on most vegan blogs and have been gravitating toward the few out there that are highly inventive. I was looking for something new and exciting and that is exactly how I would describe the dishes you are featuring here. This particular dish, for example, is something that I have never seen before and I can't wait to give this a try at home. I am also immensely impressed by the fact that you cook all day for a living and then come home with energy and creativity intact enough to create such tremendous delicacies. Your blog has very quicly become a favorite!

  2. Wow! Thank you! I hope you try some stuff and let me know how it goes.


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