Red Thai Curry Noodles

  • serves 4
Michael Smith
Michael Smith Chef at Home

A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason, this is also an account of what happens when I make this dish, so you’ll understand each step. Of course when you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!

I love being a culinary tourist in my own kitchen! The flavours of Thailand are easy to cook with when you understand that they’re just the ingredients that surround Thai cooks. They may seem exotic – and may take some hunting to find – but use them a few times and they’ll be as familiar to you as anything else in your kitchen.

292 Ratings
Directions for: Red Thai Curry Noodles


2 398 mL cans of coconut milk

2 Tbsp of red curry paste

1 bunch of cilantro, roots and leaves chopped separately

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

3 cup of chicken stock

6 lime leaves

1 small ginger root, frozen

3 Tbsp of fish sauce

2 stalks of lemon grass, tops cut off and the bottoms split open

1 227 g package of rice noodles

1 cup bean sprouts

4 green onions, minced


1. Preheat a large saucepan over medium-high heat then scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of one of the cans into it. Add the red curry paste as the cream melts into coconut oil. The mixture will start to sizzle as the oil then heats up. Add the cilantro roots and chicken and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the coconut juice from the first can as well as the entire contents of the second can of coconut milk, chicken stock, lime leaves, fish sauce and lemon grass. Grate the frozen ginger into the broth - noting how much easier it is to work with when it's frozen! Use a microplane grater if you have one or the side of a box grater. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the broth has begun to thicken slightly. Add the bean sprouts and simmer another minute or 2. Remove from the heat.

3. Place the rice noodles into the broth where they will quickly soften in about 5 minutes. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the cilantro leaves and stir gently.

4. Ladle into large bowls and garnish with the green onions and the remaining cilantro.

See more: Dinner, Hot and Spicy, Quick and Easy, Main, Herbs, Poultry, Thai, Pasta

More Recipes You'll Love