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Instant Thai Curry Noodle Soup

15 min



10 ingredients or less

This recipe was inspired by instant noodle cups, but we wanted to make our own homemade version loaded with a rainbow of crisp vegetables and soft, slurp-able noodles. This is a quick, flavourful recipe that can be prepared in advance, ensuring that you have a mouth-watering meal ready in minutes.



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  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    coconut cream
  • 1 Tbsp (25 g)
  • 1
    clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 oz (112 g)
    firm tofu, drained, cut into ½ cm cubes
  • ¼ cup (18 g)
    shredded red cabbage (optional)
  • ½
    carrot, grated (optional)
  • ¼
    red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1
    vegetable bouillon cube
  • ½ cup (15 g)
    fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1.8 oz (50 g)
    dry white vermicelli noodles
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    boiling water

Optional garnish

  • lime slice
  • sliced green onion


  1. In a bowl, combine the coconut cream, Thai curry paste, and garlic.
  2. Add the tofu and toss to coat.
  3. If making a to-go meal, transfer the tofu to a mason jar or large heat-safe airtight container. If enjoying it right away, leave it in the bowl.
  4. Layer the cabbage, carrot, and bell pepper over the tofu, and crumble the bouillon cube overtop. Then add the spinach and rice noodles.
  5. Store until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat, add the boiling water so that all the ingredients are fully submerged, and stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes to soften the noodles. If after this time the noodles are not softened enough to your liking, it could be that the veggies were cold or the water was not hot enough. In this case, consider microwaving or heating on the stove for 1 - 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish with desired toppings and a squeeze of fresh lime. Enjoy!


  • For this recipe, we prefer using the thick layer from the top of the can of coconut milk. If your coconut milk is smooth throughout, not to worry. Using that will also work.
  • Choose thin, quick-cooking vermicelli noodles. These ideally cook in about 2 minutes once boiling water is added.

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Grains & Starches 37%

dry white vermicelli noodles

Proteins 16%

firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 47%

Thai green curry paste

clove garlic

shredded red cabbage


red bell pepper

fresh spinach


firm tofu


coconut cream

Nutrition info

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Kruti - March 27, 2024, 2:02 a.m.

Hi Sadia

I had a question regarding use of bouillon cube. I see a lot of additives to bouillon cube and I am not sure if they are healthy to use. Do you have any thoughts on that?
Can I skip it or use something else?

PUL Team - March 28, 2024, 5:27 a.m.

Hi Kruti, thanks for the question 😊 We enjoy using bouillon cubes occasionally for their convenience and the burst of flavour they can add. Bouillion cubes are higher in sodium and sometimes have other additives. Plant-based lifestyles including a variety of whole foods generally don’t have excess amounts of sodium, though, so we enjoy some higher-sodium meals occasionally. The cubes are also often used in meals that make several servings, so it ends up being not as much per serving. In the meantime, in case it helps and you're interested, the vegetable bouillon cube and water can be substituted for equal parts vegetable stock or broth, adding salt to taste as needed 😃

Sarah C. - Feb. 23, 2024, 6:35 p.m.

We LOVE this soup! Similar to other posts, I've added miso paste, a little extra better than bouillon, and a teaspoon extra of curry paste since that never hurts anyone :) I've also tried this with red curry paste and it's delicious. We use brown rice noodles and soak those in hot water in a separate bowl. After dumping the water, I toss the goodies from the jar into the bowl and rinse it out with hot water that I use for the soup. Fresh cilantro is amazing with this! I am experimenting with spices and have tried chili oil (not quite right), sambal (better than the chili oil), and chili flakes (also good). I haven't tried it with gochujang yet, but my husband has and liked it. I'm sure a fresh jalapeno would go well and plan on trying that in the future with lime juice.

Thank you for these amazing recipes!

Sarah C. - Feb. 23, 2024, 6:56 p.m.

Lastly, I have tried it with coconut milk, and it works but it's not as flavorful as coconut cream.

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2024, 9:14 p.m.

We're so glad that you're enjoying the soup, Sarah! Your creative additions sound delicious. Enjoy your culinary adventures with the soup, and let us know how it goes with jalapeno and lime juice if you give it a try 😃

Sarah C. - Feb. 24, 2024, 5:17 a.m.

Will do :) thank you!

India - Feb. 7, 2024, 7:03 p.m.

Really delicious and making it in batches makes meals so quick!

Shada Sinclair - Jan. 12, 2024, 1:20 a.m.

Loved it! Easy, simple, delicious! I used red curry and it came out nicely.

Nova - Nov. 14, 2023, 8:30 p.m.

Delishious! 😍 We made a big batch of this and ended up throwing in some extra condiments to add even more depth and flavor - some soy sauce, honey, miso paste and gochujang. Even a splash of red wine! It tasted great together with the coconut and green curry! ✨

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2023, 1:17 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Nova, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the instant soup! Pairing it with the coconut and green curry also sounds delicious 😍

Martunia - Oct. 3, 2023, 2:03 p.m.

I come back to this recipe often. It's super easy, incredibly yummy and very satisfying 😌

Heather - June 30, 2023, 7:14 a.m.


riddhi - June 16, 2023, 10:46 a.m.

Such an easy yet delicious recipe!

Astrid - May 24, 2023, 2:39 p.m.

So simple and yet so delicious <3

Nouran - May 7, 2023, 2:19 p.m.

Love this! Adding sriracha elevates this to the next level!

Christyna - March 29, 2023, 1:49 a.m.

Really good I keep craving it

Cathy Granatino Gill - March 17, 2023, 11:45 p.m.

Super fast, super good!

Elizabeth - March 3, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

So quick and fast, but so delicious! I was a bit skeptical about how much I would like this given some of the very complicated recipes I’ve seen. But this tasted amazing and was so filling. Great make-ahead option and a great way to use up that extra veg in the fridge.

PUL Team - March 5, 2023, 8:08 p.m.

It means so much, Elizabeth, thank you!

Phillipa - Feb. 15, 2023, 1:40 a.m.

We were on the brink of ordering a takeaway but then we found this recipe using the time filter on the search. It turned out we had most of the ingredients in. We had to use thai red curry paste and frozen spinach but the result was super tasty. Can't wait to try this with variations. Next time I think I'll top it with sliced chilies.
Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 15, 2023, 3:35 a.m.

Awe we're so thrilled the recipe was enjoyed, Phillipa! Love the modifications. Happy cooking 🤗

Christin - Feb. 4, 2023, 12:49 p.m.

I recently made this soup as meal prep for the office (for me and my fiancé). We were both doubting this would be filling enough, but we both came home amazed! It's really filling and the flavor was so nicely balanced. 🙏
This recipe will definitely stay in our routine.
Thank you so much for this!

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

So thrilled to hear, Christin, it means so much 🤗

ACP - Feb. 3, 2023, 3:25 a.m.

This saved my night! I randomly picked this recipe sitting in the grocery store parking lot after a long day at work with no spoons left to cook. It was fate because the store also had fresh Thai chilis and Thai basil on sale which made this already toothsome dish extra spicy and sweet. 10/10 dentists would recommend.

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2023, 3:29 a.m.

Oh, ACP, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it! Sounds like it was meant to be 😃

Toni - Oct. 29, 2022, 10:42 a.m.

Cannot believe how easy this dish it but so lovely and packed full of protein and vegetables! I eat this every week
Thanks so much for all your recipes ❤️

PUL Team - Oct. 30, 2022, 2:25 a.m.

We're so happy to hear, Toni, thank you!

Shirley - Sept. 28, 2022, 8:48 a.m.

Such a quick lunch to put together and so tasty! Everyone was looking on super enviously at my lunch - haha.

PUL Team - Sept. 28, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

We appreciate the lovely review, Shirley, and are glad your lunch was enjoyed 😃

Laila - Sept. 24, 2022, 1:07 a.m.

Soo tasty and easy 🙌

Maria - Sept. 23, 2022, 11:07 p.m.

Delicious and easy 🤩 I skipped curry paste, as I do not like spicy dishes, and added some herbs instead. Also it was good to add some soy sauce

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2022, 12:49 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Maria, thank you for taking the time to share 😊

KB - Sept. 15, 2022, 7:53 p.m.

It was too spicy and too coconutty for me. I love the concept though!! Was easy to make and healthy and colorful, but just did not taste good. How can I make this not as spicy or coconutty? I guess I wanted more of a sour or salty flavor.

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 9:26 p.m.

Hey there, KB, the coconut cream gives a hint of a coconut flavour and the curry paste gives a hint of spice to this recipe. Using an alternative cream, such as cashew cream, will reduce the coconut flavour and using less curry paste to taste can reduce the spiciness.

Alternatively, you may be interested in our To-Go Miso Noodle Soup if you haven't already seen it:…. We'll also note down a request for a sour and salty soup. We hope this helps for now 😃

Suluhu - July 12, 2022, 6:39 p.m.

I'm loving this for lunch. At work, the water from the coffee machine isn't hot enough to cook the noodles and there's no kettle. So i use zucchini noodles instead. I don't need many carbs on office days anyway ☺️

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 6:21 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Suluhu, thank you :)

Viktória - June 28, 2022, 8:49 p.m.

Love this soup! ❤ It is very easy, a big plus for me, that if you have an upset stomach, this is a great first meal after jot being able to eat anything for a while. Nutritious, not too much, not too little.
Just like the recipe says, it is pretty basic, but you can add a little bit more species if you want and make a restaurant quality soup from it.

PUL Team - June 29, 2022, 1:59 a.m.

Hey there, Viktória, thank you for the glowing feedback! Wishing you an abundance of health and wellness 💛

Madison - June 15, 2022, 4:42 a.m.

AMAZING! So much flavor for such a quick and simple recipe. We cooked four servings so we had dinner for two nights but we wish we did more! This is definitely going to be a staple for us.

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 6:55 a.m.

Woop woop! We appreciate it so much, Madison, enjoy 😃

Emma - June 13, 2022, 12:32 p.m.

Super easy to make and absolutely delicious! I loved this recipe and so did my family🥰

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 1:42 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed by everyone 🙂 Thank you, Emma!

Romane - June 9, 2022, 10:55 p.m.

Thies recipe is incredibel ! It's so easy and it taste good. It's really different from what I cook. I'm happy to know this recipe :)

PUL Team - June 11, 2022, 5:08 p.m.

We appreciate it so much, Romane, thank you 🤗

Shannon - May 15, 2022, 3:21 a.m.

Finally tried this today. It was great! Can’t wait to fix again and try different veggies. Thanks for the great recipe!

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 11:36 p.m.

So thrilled to hear, Shannon! Happy cooking 😃

Mahima Kalla - May 2, 2022, 1:28 p.m.

Hi, could you please recommend a substitute for the Thai green curry paste? Thanks!

PUL Team - May 3, 2022, 4:44 a.m.

Hey Mahima! Another curry paste, such as red or yellow, could be used. Alternatively, you could experiment with omitting the paste and adding spices to taste. The spices used in our Thai green curry paste can be found here if you're looking for inspiration and haven't already seen it yet:… 😃

Mahima - May 3, 2022, 4:51 a.m.

Oo! This is great! Thanks heaps!

Melitta - May 1, 2022, 3:52 p.m.

I made this recipe for a lazy Sunday lunch for me and my partner. It wasn’t just incredible to eat but it looked beautiful with all the lovely colours. Definitely adding it to my weekly recipe list! ❤️ Thank you!

PUL Team - May 2, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Awe we're so glad it was enjoyed, Melitta, thank YOU!

Charlotte - April 25, 2022, 8:23 p.m.

I loved this meal! It was so tasty, super quick to make and I think it could be one of my new favourite lunches. 🙌🏻 I used green Thai paste this time but fancy giving red a go too. Such a winner! 🏆🌿

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 4:33 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Charlotte, and we hope you enjoy the experimenting 😃

kaylin - April 24, 2022, 1:01 a.m.

this is so wonderfully tasty! I actually was also able to make a "stir fry" out of this and it was amazing!

PUL Team - April 24, 2022, 5:34 p.m.

Ooo a lovely idea, Kaylin, thank you!

Michelle - April 23, 2022, 11:13 p.m.

I really love this soup. The broth is tasty once the ingredients are mixed in. This is my go-to soup for work. Healthy and delicious.

PUL Team - April 23, 2022, 11:45 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Michelle :)

Michaela - April 21, 2022, 9:44 p.m.

Very good! I used green bell pepper, the little small radishes ( is this the same word as for the big long white one?), cooked red cabbage an Swiss chard instead of spinach.

PUL Team - April 22, 2022, 5:27 a.m.

Mmm that sounds delicious, Michaela! We believe the long white radishes are sometimes called daikon or Japanese radishes. There are lots of names for different varieties though 😊

Anita (LV) - April 20, 2022, 9:35 p.m.

Made it just this evening - simple, fast and filling! I was surprised how big the portion ended up being but no complaints there ;) Excellent recipe! Just maybe one question - my curry paste or bouillon (not sure which or both :)) left quite a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bowl so not really nice at the end of finishing the meal but ok to live with. I was just wondering if it is something that could be avoided by changing the types of curry paste or bouillon? What do you think?

PUL Team - April 21, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

Hey Anita, thanks for sharing your experience with this one! Sometimes bouillon cubes or curry paste contain sediment which is normal, although it can be a sign that the cube or paste has gone bad if the taste or colour appears off. Stirring well and using fresh ingredients may help.

If you can't find a good quality one at your store then you could also try vegetable stock with salt to taste in place of the bouillon cube and some of the water to minimize the sediment. We hope this helps for now, Anita!

Lindsay 🇺🇸 - April 18, 2022, 11:22 p.m.

Hi! Haven’t tried this yet, but can you offer a substitute for bouillon? It almost always contains msg, which I cannot eat.

PUL Team - April 19, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Hi Lindsay! The bouillon cube and some or all of the water can be substituted for vegetable stock or broth. Just be sure the noodles soften to desired texture, and you can add salt to taste if you think it needs it. Alternatively, you could omit the bouillon cube and add other spices, such as curry powder or coriander, or more curry paste to make the soup more flavourful 😊

Romane - April 18, 2022, 7:18 p.m.

Just done it, it was very tasty and full or flavors. How can you store it once you pour the boiling water ? We 've done too much 😅

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 8:52 p.m.

So glad to hear, Romane! The soup is best enjoyed immediately, although you could store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. We wouldn't recommend freezing it as the noodles will get mushy.