Ohn No Khauk Swe (Burmese Chicken Coconut Noodle Soup)

Serves 6-8

3 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 tsp ground turmeric
900g boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 tsp ground paprika
5 cups coconut milk
7 cups chicken stock
½ cup garbanzo bean flour
900g fresh or 1 pound dried thin Chinese egg noodles

6 hard boiled eggs peeled and cut crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices
4 t tbsp ground dried red chilies pan roasted until fragrant
1 large sweet or red onion halved, cut into thin crescents, and soaked in water
2 green onions chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro
3 limes quartered
Fish sauce to taste


In a medium bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.

Mix in the chicken using gloved hands.

In a large pot, drizzle oil over medium high heat. Once thoroughly heated and shimmering, add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes.

Mix in the paprika, then the chicken with marinade. Cook, stirring often, until all sides of chicken are browned, 4-5 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk and chicken stock. Stir constantly and once it begins to boil, reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk the garbanzo bean flour with ½ cup warm water until smooth.

Stir into the soup and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer over medium low heat until slightly thickened, 5-10 minutes. If too thin, add more garbanzo bean flour mixed with water. If too thick, add a little more water.

Season with fish sauce or soy sauce to taste. Keep over low heat until ready to serve.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add noodles and cook just until al dente, just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drizzle a little oil and mix to keep the noodles from sticking.

Divide the noodles among serving bowls. Top with the chicken coconut.

Garnish as desired with hard boiled eggs, red chilli powder, soaked onions, cilantro, lime, fish sauce and fried chips made with bottle gourd or beans chips.

Serve immediately.