Friday, September 19, 2014

Quick & Easy Burmese Ohno Khauk Swe - Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Ohno Khauk Swe in the Bowl
Boiled Egg Noodles
Chicken in Coconut Soup
This Burmese meal is a popular street food that is brought to your doorstep by hawkers on foot in Yangon, Myanmar. It is a breakfast meal which we can now have any time of the day because it's prepared at home.

Ohno Khauk Swe in the Bowl
The one-pot meal comprises a bowl of noodles topped with chicken in a coconut soup and garnished with a number of fresh and deep-fried condiments. Gather friends and family together to share in this heartwarming meal that is ideal for a rainy or snowy day.

Boiled Egg Noodles
Fresh egg noodles are readily available in North America at Asian markets. These are easy to prepare by simply soaking in boiling water for less than 5 minutes. Dried egg noodles take between 10-12 minutes to cook through. Either way, the noodles should be cooked just prior to serving and should be drained and rinsed in cold water to prevent clumping.

2-3 limes, cut in wedges
Cilantro, chopped
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled & diced
Deep-fried garlic
1 large or 2 medium white onion, sliced
1 bunch green onions, diced
Deep-fried diced onions
2 Tbsp. chickpea flour, toasted in a dry skillet until golden brown

Chicken in Coconut Soup
This soup could be quite tedious to prepare as outlined in a previous post. I've been toying with this quick and easy method for preparing this dish which usually requires that the chicken be browned and onion made into a paste in the blender. 

The shortcuts used to make this soup included the use of a pressure cooker to cook a whole chicken in a red lentil soup base that was flavoured with diced onions, garlic, lemon grass powder and paprika. The cooked red lentils served to thicken the soup and flavour it.

An alternative method to cooking this in a pressure cooker is to use a slow cooker or crock pot. Follow steps 1 through 7 on low setting for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Shred the chicken as in step 7 and add back to the crock pot along with the coconut milk and cook for another half an hour.

1 whole chicken, cut in 8 pieces & marinated in 1/2 salt & 1/4 tsp. turmeric.
1 cup red lentils or masoor dal, washed and drained
4 cups chicken broth or water
1 large onion, peeled & minced
8-10 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
1 tsp. Kashmiri mirch/paprika/cayenne pepper
1 tsp. lemon grass powder
1 tsp. shrimp powder
1 tsp. shrimp paste
1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk (cream settles on top of can)

  1. Combine all ingredients, except coconut milk, in a pressure cooker.
  2. Bring to a boil and adjust salt to taste.
  3. Cover, bring to full pressure and lower heat to medium.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow pressure to dissipate.
  5. Remove cover from pressure cooker and carefully take out chicken pieces.
  6. Separate chicken from bones & discard skin and bones.
  7. Chop chicken into bite-size pieces and return to pressure cooker.
  8. Add coconut milk plus cream and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
Allow guests to serve themselves with noodles, soup and garnishes.