Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup (2 Ways!)

It’s been so dark and dreary here in the Seattle area, which I guess should be no surprise because hello, Seattle + winter. I’ve finally hit the point where I’m wavering on my wholehearted embrace of fireplaces, fuzzy throws, hot tea, and a good book.

One thing is for sure, I am officially DONE with Hallmark movies for the season (and maybe forever) – turns out you can hit a saturation point, and last month I made it happen.

And so now, I dream of vacation somewhere sunny. But meanwhile, I’m living the dark and dreary winter life. Thankfully, this brothy noodle soup supports that in a serious way.

I first happened across the inspiration recipe about a week ago when I settled into the kitchen to make one of my favorite lentil soups. But then I stopped and thought, you know what actually sounds good? Something brothy. With noodles. And an Asian vibe.

So I found this amazing recipe from Once Upon a Chef, and, having very few of the ingredients on hand, attempted my own version with what I had in the pantry – completely different ingredients. My version … well, it tanked. We could barely choke it down, to be honest.

But I was determined to make this soup happen. So a couple days later, I bought the groceries that the recipe actually called for, with a few variations to make it a vegan version. And then I nabbed a rotisserie chicken for my guy’s situation. And made it.

WE LOVED IT. Capital-letter-worthy.

I can tell this Thai Green Curry Noodle soup will land on our instant-classics list – it hits all the marks for an easy weeknight dinner. 1) Delicious, 2) Fast, 3) Easy, 4) Flexible for our mixed-diet house, and 5) Delicious. (The delicious part is worth saying twice).

This Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup is made a bit differently. First, you whip up the broth. While that cooks, prep the toppings/stir-ins: Shredded rotisserie chicken or diced tofu, sliced scallions, cilantro. Set those aside and prep the noodles. You make those separately too – most rice noodles simply need a quick soak to soften up to the right consistency.

Note I have tried to just throw the uncooked noodles in with the broth for efficiency. It works alright, but it’s hard to control how much they cook when you make them that way (they can overcook and get mushy pretty easily). You’re better off prepping the noodles separately, rinsing in cold water to stop any cooking, and then separating them between bowls before adding broth, cilantro, scallions, sriracha, and protein of choice. 

In our house it’s tofu for me …

… and chicken for my guy.

This tasty, easy soup is enough to add sunshine to any day. Okay, okay … not really. But it does make a gray day better.

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Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup (2 Ways!)

A fast, easy, and comforting soup with Thai flavors, rice noodles, and your protein of choice – tofu for the plant-based folk, chicken for the meat-eaters.

Ingredients:

Broth:

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (from 1-2 medium shallots)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger (from about 1 thumb-sized piece)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste (I use Thai Kitchen brand which is vegan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional; I just like it for color)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from approx. 1 medium lime)

For the soup:

  • 4 ounces thin rice noodles, prepped according to package instructions*
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken (I use chicken from a grocery-store rotisserie chicken) PER BOWL
    -or-
  • 1/2 cup diced baked tofu or extra-firm tofu (I use savory seasoned baked tofu) PER BOWL
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste

Directions:

  1. Set a medium pot over low heat. Add the oil. When hot, add the shallots and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the green curry paste and turmeric (if using). Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, Tamari or soy sauce, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.
  4. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, chop/shred your toppings and prepare the rice noodles according to package instructions.
  6. Right before serving, stir lime juice into broth. Taste and add more salt if you like.
  7. To serve, divide the noodles between four bowls. Add protein – chicken or tofu – to each bowl. Ladle the broth over the top. Scatter cilantro and scallions over the top and serve with additional lime wedges and sriracha.

* I’ve been liking Royal Blossom rice stick noodles. However, the package does not include English instructions! Most rice noodles call for being placed in a bowl and covered with hot water until soft. So that’s how I prepare these and it works well.

Adapted from Once Upon a Chef

// All images and text © for Kitchen Treaty.

Kare

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.