Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup)

It’s time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe challenge and we’re heading to Laos!

The flavors in the recipes from Laos sounded amazing, and with the turn in the weather, I was immediately drawn to a Lao version of chicken noodle soup!

The spices brought extra dimension to the chicken noodle soup we know and love.  It was a wonderful change of pace!

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Recipe note:

*Because I had chicken broth and shredded chicken already on hand the day I made this, I made a quick version of the soup.  If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, use water instead of broth and a whole chicken.  Simmer the chicken for an hour with the spices from step 2.

*The original recipe called for Kaffir leaves or lemongrass.  Since I was unable to find either ingredient, I used a combination of lemon zest and coriander.

Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.  

Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup)

Adapted from Cooking with Lane

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, diced

Salt & pepper

½ teaspoon ground coriander

2 quarts chicken broth

1 quart water

Zest from ½ lemon, peeled in strips

6 slices of fresh ginger

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoons chicken bullion

4 ounces rice noodles

3 cup shredded cooked chicken

Fried onions, optional

Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and fry until it is a deep brown.

Season with the salt, pepper, and coriander.  Add the chicken broth , water, zest, ginger, soy sauce, & bullion.  Simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Remove the zest and ginger.  Stir in the rice noodles and chicken.  Cook until the noodles are tender and serve with a topping of fried onions.

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  1. This sounds amazing. Perfect now that the weather is cooling off. Hope to see you next week. I know it is a short visit.

  2. I love the flavors of the broth!it looks so Delicious!

  3. Yumm!! That looks like such a perfect comforting cozy soup!

  4. Mmm, that looks like the best kind of comfort food in a bowl - perfect for the cooler weather coming.

  5. A next level chicken soup with an awesome boost of flavor. Perfect for a cold rainy day like today!