Food I’m Never Too Sick to Make This Khao Soi

22:00  06 december  2019
22:00  06 december  2019 Source:   bonappetit.com

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a bowl of food on a plate© Photo by Ditte Isager
The best part of a sick day is this deliciously complex chicken noodle soup.

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Whenever I come down with the flu (or, you know, a cold), I go through a Benjamin Button-level transformation and devolve into a whiny baby. As soon as I feel a slight tingle in my throat, I complain loudly to my husband until he brings me hot tea. Once the feverish chills set in, I wrap myself in every blanket I own and demand massages. I slink over to my couch and plop there for hours, letting the full effects of my illness settle in. At this point, I’m sneezing and coughing as often as I’m blinking, achy everywhere and somehow snotty in my nose but bone-dry in my throat (aren’t they connected somehow?). But here, in my woozy, weak state, I remember the remedy for my suffering is within my reach: this incredibly simple yet satisfying khao soi.

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I’ve been making this khao soi since before I started working at BA, and it’s become just as regular in my sick day cooking rotation as the stupid-easy garlic broth. That’s because this recipe gives me everything I need when I’m sick. I can prep all the khao soi paste ingredients—chop the shallots and cilantro; peel the ginger; measure the coriander, curry powder, and turmeric—then take a well-timed nap while the dried chiles soak and before everything gets whirred into a paste.

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As I cook the paste in my Dutch oven, the spice flushes out my congestion and, after I pour in the coconut milk and the chile paste and drop in the chicken thighs, I can take another nap while it cooks. Feeling slightly more refreshed and alive, I’m strong enough to shred the cooked chicken, boil the egg noodles, and chop the red onions, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and whatever else I want for topping my soup. Once the noodles are done, I slide the shredded chicken back into the broth, drizzle in some fish sauce, and sprinkle some palm sugar like I’m some sort of self-sufficient adult.

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Sitting on my couch, with a big bowl of khao soi brimming with chewy noodles and fall-apart-tender dark meat, the Benjamin Button effect fades. The rich coconutty broth is like lotion to my raw throat. The combination of ginger, chiles, and red onions provides just enough heat to calm down what remains of my sinuses. The complex flavors—fresh limes, vibrant turmeric, cleansing cilantro—prove how chicken noodle soup really does do something for the soul (did you read those books too?). As I slurp and slurp and slurp, I feel like a whole, functioning adult again and, thankfully for my husband, no longer in need of hot tea or on-demand massages.

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Chicken Khao Soi

a plate of food on a table© Ditte Isager

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