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November 30: Myanmar

Burmese Chicken Coconut Soup

This is a simple and delicious cold-weather soup. My husband said he prefers the more pronounced taste of Thai and Indian curries, but I found this quite flavorful despite being mild. It was a perfect starter curry for my children, who tend to shy away from spices. The devoured it. We served it with some steamed edamame. Not quite the right country, but complimented the soup nicely.

Burmese Chicken Coconut Soup

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea/garbanzo bean or fava flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 12 to 16 ounces thin rice noodles (may substitute vermicelli)
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup dried onion rings, such as Durkee (optional)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, cut crosswise into slices (optional)
  • roasted chili powder or Srirracha (optional)

Cook noodles per directions (I added my eggs to this water to hard boil them). While doing so, puree first 3 ingredients with 4 tablespoons of water in a blender. Set aside. Add flour to small bowl. Whisk in 1 cup of chicken stock. Set aside.

Salt and pepper chicken. Brown on both sides in oil in a pan large enough for all soup ingredients. Once browned (does not need to be cooked through), add cayenne, tumeric, and paprika. Sautee together for 1 minute. Add remaining chicken broth, onion/garlic/ginger puree, and flour/chicken broth mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add coconut milk and simmer for 5 additional minutes. Add in cooked noodles.

To serve, ladle into large bowls. Squeeze lime on top of each bowl and garnish with an additional wedge. Garnish with egg and/or dried onions.

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Did you know?

The country was widely known as Burma until 1989, when the military government officially changed the English translations of many colonial-era names, including the name of the country to "Myanmar". This name change is still controversial.

In 2006 the capital of Myanmar was moved from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to Nay Pyi Taw.

The common local unit of weight is peiktha (viss), which equals to 3.6 pounds.



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