Khao Soi Noodles
After the carbfest that is Christmas I fancy clean spicy flavours in January so leapt on this easy, delicious dish from Claire Thomson's The Art of the Larder which I included in my Christmas book round-up.
As the title suggests the book is designed to help you make the best of ingredients you may already have to hand and is an incredibly useful and inspirational resource for everyday cooking.
Claire writes: Thai curry pastes add a pungent boost to many dishes. You can make your own, but there are some brilliant versions available to buy fresh or with a longer shelf life. The trick to getting the most out of them is to almost fry the paste along with the garlic, unlocking the flavour, before you begin adding any other ingredients. Use wide at rice noodles here in this fragrant spicy broth.
Khao Soi NoodlesServes 4
50ml vegetable oil
4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste – use more if you like it spicy (or less!)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 boneless skinless chicken pieces (thigh is best), thinly sliced (equally, cold leftover roast chicken or pork here will work well enough)
200ml chicken stock
1 x 400g tin of coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
200g rice noodles
Put the oil into a medium saucepan over a moderate heat and cook the garlic for about 30 seconds.
Add the curry paste and the spices and cook for another 30 seconds, giving everything a good stir.
Add the chicken and stir to coat in the sauce. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce and finally the sugar. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, remembering that the fish sauce should make the sauce salty enough.
Cook the noodles according to the packet directions, then drain and divide them between the bowls. Top with the sauce and serve immediately with the garnishes.
Choose any or all of the below; you want to add texture to the finished noodles:
• thinly sliced raw shallot or red onion • sliced spring onion
• Thai basil leaves
• coriander leaves, roughly chopped
• mint leaves, roughly chopped
• peanuts or cashew nuts, roughly chopped • limes, cut into wedges
• chilli flakes
What to drink: Even if you're not doing Dry January I'm not sure I'd drink alcohol with this with the possible exception of sake. Kombucha (fermented tea) would be a good alternative.
From The Art of the Larder by Claire Thomson (Quadrille, £20) Photography: Mike Lusmore
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