Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chiang Mai Curry Noodles with Chicken

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Our three year old sous-chef.



...and the kitchen apprentice who was born with a wooden spoon in his mouth.

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Tonight was an unplanned noodle night. That's not an unusual occurrence when my family gathers, but having to alter at least one of the recipes to please the tastes of a three year old is something I haven't done in a very long time. I was given very specific instructions. He wanted fat noodles with chicken and yellow gravy and he agreed to be my official taster. We added and subtracted things from a Thai recipe called kao soi and came up with a curry noodle dish that he actually enjoyed. Half the fun, of course, was slurping slippery noodles, but he ate some chicken and had a few vegetables and shared his dish with others at the table. What I hadn't counted on was that those who are no longer three would also enjoy it. Who knew? While the noodles only resemble a dish in the Thai or Asian cooking repertoire they are a wonderful introduction to the food of the region. The rice noodles and vegetables I added to the recipe are atypical, but crispy noodle nests always top the dish when it is served in Thailand. I make my mine by reserving a small portion of cooked egg noodles and deep frying them. This is extremely easy to make and all the ingredients can be found in a good sized supermarket. I've cut way back on the curry paste and powder that give this recipe its heat. I'm including the authentic amounts in parenthesis for those of you who want to sample the real deal. This is a great family recipe and I hope that those of you with adventurous souls will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Chiang Mai Curry Noodles with Chicken...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons red curry paste (2 tablespoons)
1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken, cut into chunks
1 large carrot, cut into fine julienne strips
1 small red pepper, cut into fine julienne strips
1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 (14-oz.) can coconut milk
1-3/4 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon ground turmeric (2teaspoons turmeric or curry Powder)
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
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1/2 pound dried Chinese-style egg noodles or wide rice noodles
1/3 cup coarsely chopped shallots
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion

Directions:
1) In a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, warm the oil until it begins to ripple, and then add garlic. Cook for about a minute and add red curry paste, stirring it to soften it, about a minute. Add chicken and cook for about a minute, tossing to combine it with the curry paste. Remove chicken from pan and add carrot, red pepper and onions. Stir over medium-high heat until softened. Return chicken to pan. Add coconut milk, chicken stock, turmeric, soy sauce, and sugar, and stir well. Bring to a slow boil, and lower heat to bring it down to a simmer. Cook for about 8 minutes, until flavors have begun to meld. Stir in the lime juice, remove from heat, and cover to keep warm.
2) Cook the noodles per package instructions. Drain, rinse in a colander under cold water, drain again, and divide noodles among serving bowls. Ladle on hot curry, and sprinkle each serving with shallots, cilantro, and green onions. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

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57 comments:

Martha said...

Jim loves Thai curry and I will have to try this.

Ginny said...

I love noodles and this looks great. A cutie pie in the picture with a very funny caption. Are you still without washer and oven?

KathyB. said...

Your grandson is adorable and a wooden spoon in the mouth means he gets the best of what is stirred in the pot. The noodle dish sounds like one all of my grandchildren and their parents would love. I will be making this!

Emmalene said...

Your grandson is just the cutest!! He's way more adventourous than me! I generally don't like Asian flavours, but seeing as the recipe comes tried and tested from the palate of someone born with a wooden spoon in his mouth, I'd be willing to give it a try.
Blessings Mary...from Emmalene

Lucie said...

How great to have such open and welcoming taste buds at such a young age! I will really enjoy trying this :)

Alessandra said...

I love thai curry noodles, especially if they have coconut milk or cream in it. This I can do, but using tofu instead of chicken (being a veggie), and it works well because the tofu absorbs the curry and coconut flavours.

But while I am in Italy i cannot find easily all these ingredients, so I will wait to get back to New Zealand to make curries again!

Thank you for reminding me that curries exist! :-)

ciao
A.

Katerina said...

These noodles look really good. I am glad you reduced the amount of spices. I like my meals mildly spiced.

My Little Space said...

According to the ingredients you have given, this sounds more sweetness than spicy. I'm sure your grandchildren would love it. But I never thought the little chubby enjoying it too! How great! Haha.... He must be having lots of fun here! Oh I'm sure you & Bob having a fantastic time too. Enjoy your day.
Blessings, kristy

jelena said...

Ooooooh, yes it's hard to cook when there are children involved, acomodations for everyone have to be made. But it's the little one that count the most and heir smile is a thanks for all the effort an empty bowl!

From the Kitchen said...

We do enjoy a good Thai curry. I'd cut back on the heat for a handsome little fellow with a wooden spoon in his mouth too. Hope you're continuing to enjoy the visit with family.

Best,
Bonnie

Lea Ann said...

ok, That photo with wooden spoon caption is too funny! Love curry, thanks for this recipe.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have to agree with every one's comments, Thai curry is always good. Diane

Cooking Gallery said...

I love noodle and I love curry, this recipe cannot go wrong for me...! And your grandson is adorable...:)!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, My little grand-daughter always insists on cooking with me when we're together and nothing ever comes out resembling what was intended- but we've never had a bad meal together. He's just beautiful!
xoxo Pattie

Design Wine and Dine said...

We LOVE Thai food but I haven't tried it on my kids yet - your story inspires me to give it a try! Thanks for your kind words on my blog...it made me smile. Things are looking up! :) Thanks Mary!

PeggyR said...

Yum another winner of a recipe!

What's next said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to trying it. I love Thai food!

Lyndsey said...

Yes I love Thai curry and have to adjust the seasoning too. Both daughter and husband can't take it too spicy, but we are willing to sacrifice for our family! :D

nancy at good food matters said...

It's always wonderful to have the children involved in the design and prep of a meal; they can't help but enjoy (or at least try!) the creation.

Great recipe to open up American tastebuds to the bold flavors of Southeast Asia.

Such a sweet photo too!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe and lovely pic of your grandson...he looks so cute..

Kath said...

You have adorable grandsons! Of course you would make the noodles that the 3-year-old likes, and it looks like he has great taste!

Susi said...

This looks great! My husband is not a giant curry fan but by cutting back on the amount, I think he would go for it. Your grandsons are adorable :o)

Ana Powell said...

Really cute, your sous-chef and apprentice are absolutely lovely.
Delicious and great noodle dish presentation.
Very creative too.
Wishing you a happy Sunday ♥

Kim @ Two Good Cookies said...

I love Asian noodle dishes but always feel so overwhelmed by the recipes. This looks delicious. And easy. I can't wait!

Kamalika said...

they look so cute and cuddly..lovely recipe...

Keeley said...

This looks delicious and I have almost every ingredient on hand. We purchased some Thai red curry paste last month and I felt that two tablespoons was way too spicy for my family. I can't wait to try this dish.

scrambledhenfruit said...

So wonderful you're enjoying your family! Kids and noodles just seem to go together. All of my children (and grandson) love noodles and it's the perfect dish for young and old alike. Thanks!

Adelina said...

Will try it-what a gorgeous dish again. You little grandson is soooo cute!

Jen_from_NJ said...

What little cuties! I am definitely adventurous and would love to give this noodle dish a try.

Monet said...

Such cuties! I loved seeing these photographs of your precious family. I always love noodle night, and this looks like a creative bowl of good eats!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Wow, Mary! I overcame my aversion to curry by falling in-love with red curry. I have all of these ingredients. I especially love the idea of the coconut milk. I have bookmarked so many of your recipes that when I say "I want to make this", it will take a while to go through all the others that look so good. I definitely will make this, though. I can almost taste the flavors.

Houdini said...

Nice dish. Joyce, my Thai cooking instructor in the mountains of Northern Thailand, told me in every Thai curry you start with garlic and cilantro roots, jointly pounded. That's one of the very few differences between your recipe and what I learned. I also observed that Thais add the meat to the boiling liquid, water or coconut milk, not fry it first, as we would.

Pacheco Patty said...

I have to try this recipe, it really looks good, your sous chefs are adorable:-)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
le foto dei bimbi sono semplicemente fantastiche :-)
Chi sono ?
Buona giornata.

Farmer Jo said...

Oh, it looks like a great twist on Kao Soi! I can't wait to try it!

Faith said...

Your little sous chefs are just too cute! I love a good curry and this noodle dish looks fantastic! I haven't tried making a Thai curry at home but I'm inspired to with your lovely recipe!

Jenn said...

This dish looks so delicious! I love your sous chef and soon to be sous chef...they are darling!!

Kerstin said...

Awww, what cute little helpers! And such a tasty meal too - I can never pass up curry of any kind!

JEANNE said...

Hello Mary, your post is adorable. Your little guy is worth every altered recipe one might cook. I have never been a fan of curry. I think I would prefer the altered recipe by far. Big smile.

Thanks for your sweet comment.
Hugs, Jeanne

Biren said...

I like a bowl of spicy noodles any time. Even my teenage boys will enjoy the mild version. I of course would prefer the spicier version.

I am really impressed that the cute little guy enjoys curry :)

Krista said...

This is a beautiful noodle dish. I'm used to designing recipes around pre-schoolers, and this one trumps anything that I've come up with lately. Definitely one the whole family will enjoy. I wish I had a bowl right now.

Your grandsons are adorable!

Lori said...

A delicious meal! I love the pics of your grandkids. Love that line about being born with a wooden spoon in his mouth. Love that Mary.

penny aka jeroxie said...

You have beautiful grandkids! And lucky ones to have you as well.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

YUM! Lots of my favorite ingredients. . . can't wait to try this one.

Fondly,
Glenda

Debinhawaii said...

Such adorable boys. ;-) The noodles look wonderful for my curry noodle cravings--a fun and creative dish.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

My family love noodles too, your noodle sound delicious and nice.Your grandkids are cute and adorable.

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
I love noodles and that recipe sounds delicious. Amazing pictures from the sous chef and the apprentice. They are so handsome!!
Love,
Lia.

Sophie said...

You have an adorable grand son!!! that noodles dish looks super tasty!!

georgous pictures too, dear Mary!

Sage said...

Your sous chef is adorable!

Gloria said...

Love your pictures! gloria

Baking Barrister said...

Totally adorable sous chefs ;) And totally awesome dish--I love these flavors and am trying to add them into my cooking. Great place to start!

Cheryl said...

Those babies are adorable and the noodle dish looks soo tempting. You have quite the wide range of cooking skills!

Foodessa said...

Mary...this dish is not only lovely...it has the making of an all aournd pleaser too. I do love Asian food so much that I fusion it with some of my Italian dishes.

Your grandson has a very inspiring look ;o)

The recipe seems a little long, however, I know that it's all needed to make it the best...so thanks for everything as usual ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

JG said...

A good sous chef is always needed! :)

Your Curry Noodles look so good. My family enjoys noodles in any dish.

Zupan's Markets said...

There's something about this recipe that is calling to us....it instantly made our stomachs growl over here. Can't wait to try it!

~RED~ said...

This caught my eye immediatly! I havne't made a "real" curry yet and i think this would be great to try out!
Your grandson is adorable and one lucky little boy!

Reeva krev said...

the kid just cute....

nice article btw

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