Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

Chicken Noodle Soup - Khaub Piaj
Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

This soup will definitely relax you on any cold winter day and tastes oh so good when it’s eaten immediately from the hot stove. My mom told me that in Laos the Hmong have taken this soup into their own homes as it is a very inexpensive and easy way to prepare for their big families. For the healthy and the sick, this could be anyone’s favorite soup so I hope you will also enjoy it.

Ingredients for 10-12 servings

  • Lai Fun Noodles (can be bought at asian store)
  • whole chicken
  • Lemon grass stalk
  • 1-2 TB knorr chicken powder (optional)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • about 15 cups of water


Condiments for the porridge:

  • a batch of chopped Cilantro
  • a batch of chopped green onions
  • asian hot sauce (sriracha rooster brand)
  • chili garlic oil (optional)
  • fried garlic (optional)

1. Boil a pot of the water with a whole chicken (~or 4-5 chicken thighs). Add about 1 TB salt  and 2 tb of knorr powder to start with.

2. While you wait for the chicken to cook, prepare your condiments by rinsing & mincing green onions and cilantro and then setting them aside. When chicken is cooked take the chicken out and shred with a fork or mince the chicken meat and then put the meat back into the pot again.

3.   slowly pour small amounts of noodles into the pot at a time, stirring the pot of soup steadily as  you do it. (I like my soup less starchy to do this, boil the noodles in a separate pot, drain, then add noodles into the main soup pot at the end).

4. Cook the noodles for ~15 minutes or until it becomes less chewy and more edible. biting into a string every now and then will help determine when the noodles are cooked.

5. In your bowl of soup add black pepper, green onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon and asian hot sauce. Mix and serve hot.

4 thoughts on “Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

  1. Interesting. I’ve been on a big noodle craze lately, I have absolutely no idea why – I just got a crazy craving for noodles!! Is that even possible? I’ve already tried nearly half of all the noodle recipes here and looking for more still! Crazy huh. I should probably stop soon, I dont think eating noodles every day isnt so healthy for me…

  2. This is really good when you feel sick. I’m use to making the American version which is good too. I actually add carrots to this soup it makes it a little sweeter and makes it pretty too.

  3. hey .. i really really love this dish so much i can eat it everyday..lol yummy .. but i was wondering if u can email me the homemade recipes.. phouam@yahoo.com .. it would great help

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