Chicken noodle soup

 A fragrant, spicy broth with egg noodles and chicken. Garnished with coriander, sliced chillies, cucumber, boiled egg and beansprouts.

This recipe is inspired by the wonderful fragrant noodle soups enjoyed across South East Asia.

The broth is made from chicken stock flavoured with a fresh homemade curry paste. This is simmered for around 45mins to an hour to bring out all the flavours in the paste. Cooked chicken is laid on top of cooked egg noodles in a deep soup bowl. The broth is ladled on top then the bowl is completed with the garnishes.

I don’t really think the pictures do this recipe any justice. I will be making this one again for certain!

This recipe can easily be adapted for seafood such as prawns, mussels and white fish. For a vegetarian option use tofu, substitute salt for seasoning and use vegetable stock.


This recipe is for two people

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour

A mini chopper or mortar and pestle is required for this recipe.

A sieve is required to strain the broth.


For the paste:

4 red bird eye chillies (remove seeds for less spicy)

1 red bell pepper

1 whole medium garlic bulb

2 sticks lemon grass (bruise and use inner part only- thinly slice)

3 small red onions

Thumb sized piece root ginger (peeled and chopped)

Teaspoon of tamarind pulp (or pure if unavailable)

Teaspoon of shrimp paste

Tablespoon of fish sauce

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar (palm if available, demerara if not)

2 lime leafs (thinly sliced)

Teaspoon ground turmeric

Teaspoon ground cumin

Teaspoon ground coriander

4-5 coriander stalks

Put all the ingredients in a mini chopper or mortar and pestle and form a smooth paste. Chopping the ginger and lemongrass before hand makes this job easier.

For the main dish:

1.5 litres of chicken stock

1 hard boiled egg (remove shell and slice in half)

2 portions of medium egg noodles (cook as per packet instructions)

2 small handfuls beansprouts

6 slices of cucumber (slice on diagonal) 

200-250g Cooked chicken slices (bring to room temperature before adding to dish)

Tablespoon of chopped coriander leaf

1 large red chilli thinly sliced

Get cooking

  1. In a deep pan bring the chicken stock to the boil then add the curry paste. Boil for 10 minutes then reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer the broth for 45 minutes to an hour to let the broth infuse with all the flavours from the paste.
  2. Cook the noodles as per the packet instructions, drain and then place them in deep soup bowls. Layer the chicken on top. Place a small handful of been sprouts in each bowl.
  3. Uncover the broth then bring back to a boil before turning off the heat. Ladle the broth through a sieve into each bowl covering the mixture completely. Using a sieve is important as it forms a smooth clear broth.
  4. Complete the dish with the garnishes as shown in the pictures. Place boiled egg in centre of bowl, three cucumber slices around it, then sprinkle some red chilli and coriander leaf to finish.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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Ferret Chef

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. With a love of travel and food, I have travelled the globe for authentic and great tasting food. I am a former Pharmacist turned recipe blogger following a life changing car accident. I have been left with very poor mobility and severe pain, cooking is my escape with the help of my wonderful wife. I love good food whether it is comfort food or an exotic curry. I am not a fan of pretentious food or food snobbery.

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