Burmese coconut noodles with chicken

Burmese coconut noodles with chicken

This recipe for ohn-no kauk swé comes from Burmese restaurant Lahpet in Covent Garden, London. It's a brothy, coconut-laced dish with chilli, ginger, paprika and fish sauce
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large, sturdy pan over a medium-low heat and cook the onions, ginger, chilli and garlic for 10 minutes until soft and just golden.
  2. Step 2

    Add the chicken followed by the paprika, turmeric and fish sauce. Keep stirring until the surface of chicken has turned white.
  3. Step 3

    Add the stock and cook for a further 10 minutes over a medium heat before adding the coconut milk and whole shallots. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is meltingly tender.
  4. Step 4

    Whisk 500ml of just-boiled water with the toasted chickpea flour in a jug until smooth. When the chicken and coconut broth is velvety and aromatic, gradually add the chickpea flour mixture, whisking continuously until the broth just begins to thicken – but be careful it doesn’t become too thick.
  5. Step 5

    Taste and add more fish sauce to season, if needed, or a little more water if it needs to be diluted slightly. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Ladle the broth into large, deep bowls along with 60-70g of cooked egg noodles each and the chicken pieces. Top with the boiled eggs, sliced shallots, spring onions, coriander, dried chillies and puffed rice noodles, if using. Squeeze over a lime wedge and serve with extra lime wedges on the side for squeezing over.