Burmese Khow Suey (noodles in a curried coconut sauce)
If something can be called a bowl of happiness, this could well be it. Khow Suey is a delicious noodle dish from Burma made with egg noodles, curried chicken and coconut milk. Served with a variety of condiments, each spoon full of soup you eat will be bursting with flavours! Khow Suey is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Burmese cuisine.
3smallred chiliesOptional. You can use all green chillies.
2green chiliesslit lengthwise
1tablespoongram flour(chickpea flour/besan)
2sprigscilantro (coriander leaves)
1spring onions(preferably scallions/green onions)
4boiled eggspeeled and sliced into halves
Heat some oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame and fry HALF of the thinly sliced garlic.
As soon as they start turning brown, scoop them out on to a paper towel to soak up the oil.
Now fry HALF of the thinly sliced shallots. Keep them along with the fried garlic. Leave the oil in the pan.
Add chicken pieces to the pan and start frying them. Add more oil if you have to.
Once the chicken starts turning brown, add the curry leaves, grated ginger, and the remaining chopped garlic and sliced shallots.
Fry this for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Add the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, and salt.
Thinly slice the chillies. I added two green chillies and one red chilli to this mix. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Cook the egg noodles following the instructions on the package.
Drain the noodles, and wash them in cold water. Leave it on a colander to drain the water. (Tip: Don't leave the noodles out for long. They'll go dry and stick to each other)
Your curried chicken should be cooked by now with a nice aroma filling up the kitchen.
Add the coconut milk, stir well, and bring to a simmer.
Cook in medium heat. If the temperature goes high, the coconut milk will curdle.
Add salt if required. Switch off.
Serve hot - place some noodles and a sliced egg in a bowl, with some finely chopped cilantro, and pour the curried chicken over it.
Garnish with spring onions (ideally scallions, but I couldn't source this). Provide all other accompaniments in small bowls - fried garlic, fried shallots, cilantro, chillies and lime wedges. MUST DO: For the perfect taste, squeeze some lime into your noodle soup just before eating.
It'll be easy if you are using breast pieces of chicken. In my experience, using smaller pieces after removing bones (definitely time consuming) adds more flavour.
Coconut milk doesn't have to be thick. To reach the required quantity, it's okay to add some water.