Khao Soi with Green Jackfruit
Chiang Mai is the gateway to the lush, mountainous north. After a hard day’s trekking, there’s nothing like returning to this comfortingly creamy and tangy noodle curry. The name means ‘cut rice’, but it could also come from the Burmese word for noodle, ‘Khao Swe’. It blends traditional Thai red curry paste with the more earthy aromatic spices from neighbouring Burma and the northern spice routes.
|2 tbsp||vegetable oil (optional)|
|10g (¼oz)||dried rice vermicelli noodles (optional)|
|120g (4¼oz)||dried egg noodles (or use egg free yellow noodles for vegan option)|
|For the curry broth:|
|1||Chinese dried mushroom, or use 1 dried or fresh shiitake mushroom|
|2||large red chillies, ﬁnely chopped|
|½||small red onion, ﬁnely chopped|
|1||lemongrass stalk, ends trimmed and outer layer removed, or 1 teaspoon ground dried lemongrass|
|1 tsp||ground cumin|
|½ tsp||ground cinnamon|
|A few sprigs of||fresh coriander (cilantro), ﬁnely chopped|
|1 tbsp||mild or medium curry powder|
|½ tbsp||ground turmeric|
|1 tsp||garlic paste, or 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped|
|1 tsp||ginger paste, or 1cm (½in) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and ﬁnely chopped|
|2||kaffir lime leaves, fresh or frozen (or use 3 dried leaves)|
|2 tbsp||light soy sauce (or use tamari for a gluten-free alternative)|
|1½ tbsp||agave syrup (or honey, if not vegan)|
|500ml (18ﬂ oz)||boiling water|
|560g (20 oz) tin||young/green jackfruit, drained, rinsed and roughly chopped into pieces|
|400ml (14ﬂ oz)||good-quality coconut milk|
|For the toppings:|
|¼||small red onion, ﬁnely sliced|
|1||small gherkin, ﬁnely sliced|
|2||wedges of lime or lemon|
|½||red chilli, ﬁnely sliced|
|A small handful of||fresh coriander (cilantro), including stems, ﬁnely chopped|
If you want to make crispy vermicelli noodles as a topping, heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan (skillet) over a high heat. Add the rice vermicelli noodles and shallow-fry until crispy. Remove the noodles from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
Place a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat and add all the broth ingredients, except the coconut milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes over a medium heat.
Now stir the coconut milk into the mixture and bring it back to boil, then take off the heat immediately and set aside.
Half-ﬁll a small saucepan with boiling water and place over a high heat. Add the egg or yellow noodles and cook for 2–3 minutes, depending on whether you like ’em chewy or soft. Drain well and then divide between 2 bowls.
Pour the soup broth all over the noodles. Scatter the toppings over the noodles, along with the fried vermicelli, and serve immediately.