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Chicken Noodle Soup with Turmeric and Coconut Milk

4 Servings

1 hour 10 minutes 40 minutes active

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The popular Burmese soup known as ohn no khao swe is a culinary melting pot featuring ingredients and influences from Burma’s neighbors, including chickpea flour, turmeric and ginger from India; coconut milk from Thailand; and noodles from China. This is our rendition of that rich, fragrant, flavor-packed meal in a bowl. The chickpea flour helps to thicken the soup and lends a silky texture; if you prefer to omit it, just add all of the chicken broth to the soup at once. We prefer thinnish Asian egg noodles, but feel free to swap in other types, such as flat rice noodles, thicker round rice noodles or even dried egg fettuccine or tagliatelle. The classic way to serve the soup is with multiple garnishes that lend even more flavor and texture. If you like, offer these on the side for diners to add as they please: fresh cilantro leaves, hard-cooked eggs, crunchy wonton strips and chili-garlic sauce.




Don’t use light coconut milk, as it will result in a thin, less flavorful broth. Also, be sure to stir the coconut milk before use to recombine the fat that separates to the top with the liquid below.

1 hour 10 minutes

40 minutes active


  • pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 6

    medium garlic cloves, finely grated


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Karen W.
February 5, 2024
Complex with savory umami kick
I loved this soup. It was savory and comforting. I had to make a few modifications based on what I had but turned out delicious. I used Italian wheat noodles, not Chinese and 12 oz. since I was using dried and not fresh. I added some cilantro and tender minced stems after caramelizing onions as well as some carrots and celery that needed to be rescued from the veggie bin. Finished with a big squeeze of lime juice and chile garlic sauce (I did cut cayenne to 1/4 t. and it was plenty spicy). I bet this would be great with the addition of some chickpeas, time!!
Janine W.
January 19, 2024
A Warm Hug in a Bowel
This soup is like a warm hug - delicious and comforting. It was also super easy to make and a great soup to make on a cold day. Highly recommend
Bethany S.
May 18, 2023
What you want all chicken noodle soup to be like
I have a cold right now so my review is definitely from that perspective - and boy is this the PERFECT soup if you are sick! In terms of taste - with the ginger, spices, coconut milk, creamier texture, etc., just already a drastic improvement to traditional chicken noodle. And in terms of being sick - also, because of the ginger, cayenne, & that its non-dairy, it really is a feel-good soup. I threw in leftover carrots & celery I had on hand during the last 5 ish minutes (keeps them on the crunchier side which I like) which may not be the most traditional way this soup was intended but it worked great to use up some leftovers and this soup does lend itself very well to simple customizations like that!