Red Curry, Coconut milk and Rice Noodle Thai Soup

February 4, 2012

We are Thai Food addicts. I mean I could eat Thai Food EVERYDAY.

But then if I were to eat Thai everyday, when would I eat Indian food? Dilemma!

I think our favorites are Pad Thai and Panang, but last night I felt like having soup. And not just some chicken and noodle soup. I wanted big flavors!

Plus, Karl is sick so I really needed to put some major flavors for him to actually be able to taste something…poor guy, he’s rarely sick but when he gets it, it’s bad!

Anyways! Since we can’t afford to actually go to Thailand just yet, I thought this soup was a good alternative! ;)

I have to warn you, the measurements are not quite exact. I am encouraging you to TASTE your food while you are cooking! Is it missing something? more curry paste? More salt? That way you base yourself on the ingredients listed but you make it your own! :)

soup thai 1

I just love the tiny mushrooms in the back! You knew mushrooms could be cute!

soup thai 2

See how cute the green onions are?

soup thai 4

Enjoy! :)

  • Course: Main Course
  • Servings: 6
  • Prep. time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 25 min


  • 1 long piece of lemongrass
  • 4 Tablespoon of red curry paste
  • 7 fresh lime leaves, washed
  • 3 cans of coconut milk
  • 3 Cup of chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breast, very thinly sliced
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup of bean sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup of thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/4 Cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 small red chillies, dried or fresh
  • 2 handfuls of rice noodles (pad thai style)
  • the juice of a lime
  • 6-7 mini carrots, thinly sliced ( reserve a couple of pieces to garnish)
  • 1 green onion (scallions) thinly sliced, to garnish

Cooking instructions:

  1. In a big pot, put your chicken broth and your coconut milk and heat up on high heat. Mix well and add in your red curry paste and season with salt. Bring the heat down to medium.
  2. On a cutting board, with the back of a knife, bruise your lemongrass (hit your lemongrass many times for it to break down a bit. That way the juices with leak out and flavor your broth).
  3. Add your lemongrass, lime leaves and dried chilies to your broth and mix well. Let the broth simmer for 5 minutes and add your red peppers,carrots, mushrooms, cilantro and noodles. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, mixing well to make sure the noodles don not stick together. Test your noodles. If they are about half cooked, throw in your chicken. Since you sliced the chicken very thin, it should not take more than 3-4 minutes to cook. Test your chicken and your noodles. If they are both ready, throw in your bean sprouts and cook for one more minute (I like my brean sprouts still crunchy).
  4. Take out your lemongrass and the lime leaves (or leave them in but I wouldn't eat them).
  5. Drizzle some lime juice in each serving bowl, on top of the soup.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!
  • salvador

    The bowl is staged wrongly. The chopstick tips belong on the low side through the hole.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    I did this on purpose for the look of the picture…

  • maximem

    You KILL me. This looks amazing. Your coconut milk soups do not fail me. This is awesome because it’s a full meal!! Can’t wait to make it :)

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    :):) it was sooo good! I love Thai good!!!

  • Daryl Dizon

    Looks great, I love a spicy curry when I’m sick, too.  A bit of fish sauce would be excellent here as well.  Some people are afraid of it, but it’s seriously amazing!

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    It was the “thing” missing in it but I ran out of it so that’s why I didn’t put any! But you are completely right! Fish sauce would be perfect!:)

  • Ce88

    Looks soo good! What type of store do you get some of the ingredients at? I don’t think I’ve seen some of the stuff at a regular grocery store…

  • Myfudo

    Delicious! My trip to Thailand was the most delicious trip I have ever had. Thai food is great! Thanks for the post!

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    I go to an Asian grocery store. It’s also usually cheaper too! :)

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Lucky you! Can’t wait to go!!:)

  • Vicky

    Sounds so good! I love thai food as well- especially the flavors of red curry mixed with coconut milk. Can’t wait to try this. 

  • Alex – I Adore Food!


  • maximem

    About to make this tonight :) Quick Q: how are the leftovers? I’m a bit worried about adding the noddles to it because I feel like it wouldn’t keep very well the next day. What do you think?
    This may have not occured to you because you probably didn’t have leftovers ;)

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Lol the noodles soak up more of the broth overnight so I would cook some noodles on the side and add it to both of your plates before serving but not in the main soup bowl:)

  • maximem

    Well, clearly should have known. This is amazing and we ate all of it in about 20 minutes.
    The broth!!!

  • Alex – I Adore Food!


  • Shirral

    Doh… It looks so delicious. I wish I could get all the ingredients where I live :(

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Thanks Shirral :)


  • Jen

    I am always on the look out for easy and delicious dishes and this one qualifies. I have the soup simmering now. Didn’t have all the various vegetables on hand so subbed in some asparagus to beef up the spread. We’ll see how it works. But the curry paste, coconut milk and lemongrass make for a heavenly combo! It is good for what ails you! Let you know how it was rec’d by the troops.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Great to hear! :)


  • Wes Bailey

    that looks great. Do you know the traditional name for it?… or is it just made up.. thanks

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Just made up but it would be close to a Paneng curry :)

  • Alex

    I know this is an old post, but I love those bowls. I have to ask, where did you get them? Are they a known brand?

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Hi Alex :) If I remember correctly, I bought them at a Stokes Store (in Canada) :)

  • Alex

    Thank you Alex! I actually found them (by accident!) on Amazon a few minutes ago. They’re currently sold out but maybe they’ll be in stock again some day.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    I really hope you get to have some soon :)