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Laotian Coconut Noodle Soup (Khao Poon)

A light and amazing coconut noodle soup for Laos.  Serve it up with greens, sprouts and mushrooms and lots of condiments so people can add the flavors they like best.  We love it!

Course Soup
Cuisine Laotian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 443 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 whole chicken cut into large pieces
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (chopped into about 4 pieces)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 can sliced bamboo shoots rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or to taste
  • To serve with the soup:
  • meat from the boiled chicken
  • mushrooms
  • baby bok choy
  • cilantro
  • bean sprouts
  • shredded cabbage
  • chopped green onions
  • 1 package vermicelli noodles


  1. In a large stock pot add the chicken pieces in the pot cover it with water (about 8 cups or so) and add in the lemongrass and a couple pinches of salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. (about 45 minutes to 1 hour)
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and debone and shred the chicken into pieces. Put the bones back into the pot of broth.
  3. In another pan with a touch of oil, fry the red curry paste for a minute or two. You can add more or less paste based on your heat tolerance, Add 1/2 can of coconut milk to the pan, make sure you shake and stir the can first. Combine together the curry paste and coconut milk and bring to just the beginning of a boil and then remove from heat.
  4. In the pot of chicken broth, add in the red curry mixture and bring to a boil.
  5. Add in the tomatoes and bring to a boil again.
  6. Add in the fish sauce and reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes
  7. Put on a pot of water and cook the vermicelli noodles according to package directions
  8. Set aside and put noodles in bowl.
  9. Remove and throw away the bones and lemongrass from the stock pot
  10. Adjust the seasonings to taste and ladle broth over the noodles
  11. Serve with the chicken meat, greens, mushrooms, bean sprouts, cilantro, etc.
  12. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Laotian Coconut Noodle Soup (Khao Poon)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 469mg13%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 695IU14%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.