Thai Curried Noodles With Shrimp

shrimp thai noodle curry

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 2 to 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
349 Calories
13g Fat
48g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 349
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1741mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 15g
Calcium 304mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This curry noodles recipe is a condensed version of an ancient Thai noodle dish called Kao Soy. It would take an hour or more to make the original recipe, but this simplified version is just as wonderful and can be mild or extra spicy depending on your preference. Use dried egg or wheat noodles for this dish -- or splurge and pick up some fresh noodles at your local Asian food store or grocery store deli. It's a fantastic, comforting noodle recipe you're sure to enjoy!


  • 2 to 4 bunches egg noodles (fresh or dried, or substitute wheat noodles)
  • 1/2 package tofu (medium-firm, cut into cubes)
  • 1 bell pepper (red)
  • 1 bell pepper (green)
  • 1 handful mushrooms (shiitake, fresh)
  • 1 handful coriander (fresh, generous amount)
  • 2 spring onions (sliced or cut lengthwise into matchstick pieces)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons oil (for stir-frying)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 chilis (fresh red, de-seeded if you prefer less spice)
  • 1 piece galangal (or fresh ginger thumb-sized)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or vegetarian fish sauce, or 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce)
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Optional: sugar (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook noodles according to instructions on package. If boiling dried noodles, be sure to rinse well after cooking with cold water to keep them from sticking together. (The noodles will be stir-fried later, so try not to overcook at this point.) Set aside.

  2. To make the curry paste, place all paste ingredients (turmeric, garlic, red chilies, ginger, ground coriander, cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, fish sauce, and sugar) in a food processor or chopper. Process well. Or, mince ingredients well and pound together with a ​pestle & mortar.

  3. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons oil and swirl around, then add the paste. Stir-fry briefly to release the fragrance (30 seconds to 1 minute).

  4. Add a few tablespoons of coconut milk and stir into the paste, then add the vegetables.

  5. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked and bell peppers are bright in color. Add a little more of the 1/2 cup coconut milk if your wok/pan becomes too dry.

  6. Add the remaining coconut milk plus the soy sauce. Stir-fry everything together, then add the noodles and shrimp.

  7. Using 2 utensils, gently stir-fry the noodles, lifting and turning them as you do so. Stir-fry in this way until noodles absorb most of the coconut-curry sauce and the shrimp are just cooked through (1 to 2 minutes).

  8. Taste-test the noodles, adding more fish or soy sauce if not salty enough, and a little sugar if too sour. If your noodles happen to be too salty for your taste, add 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice.

  9. Serve noodles hot from the wok with generous amounts of fresh coriander and spring onion sprinkled over. Add lime wedges on the side and squeeze over before eating.

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