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Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup with Crispy Tofu

15 min

Meal

Soup

This satisfying curry soup is so quick to make and so delicious, you'll be slurping up every last drop of the creamy broth.

Servings

Total

15 min

Prep

7 min

Cook

8 min

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Ingredients

  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2½ cups (600 mL)
    boiling water
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    sambal oelek (optional)
  • 1
    red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4.4 oz (125 g)
    dry brown rice noodles
  • 2
    small heads bok choy

Optional toppings

  • fresh basil
  • fresh bean sprouts
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime slices
  • red hot chili
  • sliced green onion
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Directions

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  1. Add the coconut oil to a large pan on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu. Try to let sit undisturbed, stirring only every few minutes. Continue until lightly golden and crispy on all sides.
  2. Meanwhile, to a large pot on high heat, add the oil, garlic, and ginger. Let cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the red curry paste and cook for 1 minute more, stirring throughout.
  4. To the large pot, add the bouillon cubes, boiling water, coconut milk, soy sauce, sambal, and bell pepper. Partially cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Then add the noodles and greens and let simmer for 3 more minutes.
  6. Serve, add the tofu, and your desired garnish, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * If you're vegan, be sure to check the ingredient list of the curry paste to make sure it is free from fish sauce.
  • ** If you don't have instant noodles that cook within 3 minutes, cook the noodles in a separate saucepan first, and then add it to the coconut broth at the end.

Storage

  • This soup is best enjoyed immediately. Otherwise, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Ideally, store the noodles, tofu, and broth separately, and combine only when ready to enjoy.

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Grains 47%

dry brown rice noodles

Proteins 16%

extra firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 37%

clove garlic

fresh ginger

red bell pepper

small head bok choy

Calcium

extra firm tofu

Fat

refined coconut oil

vegetable oil

canned full-fat coconut milk

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Jasleen - Aug. 1, 2021, 7:57 a.m.

Made this recipe twice in a week and I do not want stop making it. Very simple to make and delicious! Thank you Sadia and the whole PUL team for this great recipe!


Claudia - Aug. 1, 2021, 1:31 a.m.

Quick and simple dinner that tastes delicious! Will definitely make this again! I recommend a squeeze of lime juice at the the end to add a touch of acidity and next time I’ll definitely add cilantro like the recipe recommends :)

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:36 a.m.

Thanks for the tip, Claudia!


Robin - July 31, 2021, 7:58 p.m.

I have just made this recipe and it tasted amazing! And I have discovered the "Print" function on the new website: also amazing and very well-thought! <3

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:38 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Robin, thank you for sharing 😃


Nynke de Graaf - July 30, 2021, 10:15 p.m.

This is a bomb recipe, that makes me want to have seconds and thirds... The toppings make it feel extra fancy and add interest and flavour to the meal, definitely worth addding in! It does take me twice as long to make as the prep time stated though, even though I am used to cooking and multitasking in the kitchen. But definitely worth it! I also made some small modifications: I left out the sambal since I think it's plenty spicy without already (raised in a Dutch family eating only mild food hehe), used bouillon powder instead of cubes, added one large head of bok choi instead of two, added an extra bell pepper and added 5 noodle nests (so 225 grams) instead of 3. One of the best parts was being able to use my homegrown basil (from seed) for one of the first times this year :D

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:41 a.m.

Oh, Nynke, we're so honoured to hear the wonderful review! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and substitutes for this one. It's so appreciated 🤩


Catie - July 30, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

This recipe is absolutely amazing! I made it for the first time today and I am blown away by how much flavor this has. The spice blend is amazing and a little lime juice just sends it over the top! I cannot recommend this one enough.

Thanks Sadia!

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:39 a.m.

So thrilled the recipe was enjoyed! Thanks, Catie ☺️


Batel - July 30, 2021, 1:17 p.m.

WOW! one of the best recipes I've ever made, quick and delicious!
thank you Sadia :)


Theresa - July 30, 2021, 8:14 a.m.

This has been one of my go-to meals for the last two years, especially when hosting. I just made this again two nights ago for a group of friends who loved it! I like to reduce the amount of spicy ingredients (I usually use dried red chilis instead) going into the soup initially so friends can bring the spicy level to their own taste with some chili oil. Fresh basil and bean sprouts are my favorite addition to this recipe. Thanks for creating this, Sadia and the PUL team!

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:34 a.m.

Aw you're too kind, Theresa, thank you for the review and feedback! It means so much :)


Hadeel - July 28, 2021, 11:50 a.m.

Definitely a favourite! So full of flavours. I also add finely chopped red chilli with the garlic and ginger to add more spiciness.

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 6 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Hadeel! Love the addition for extra spice 😍


Eli - July 28, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

I've seen this on your video with Nathaniel Drew and it looks amazing. Going to try it soon!

Eli - July 28, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

Made it tonight and it was SO GOOD and so quick and easy. Thank you!


Rebecca - July 27, 2021, 12:11 a.m.

One of my absolute favorite PUL recipes! I make a big pot and eat it for the rest of the week. So good!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 4:19 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Rebecca, and so happy you're enjoying the recipe 🤩


Taryne - July 25, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

Absolutely delicious. Have made this so many times and my kids love it as well!


Kim Bresseleers - July 25, 2021, 1:25 p.m.

This is curry is so delicious and so easy to make! I make it almost every week 😍


Priyanka - July 25, 2021, 2:14 a.m.

This is hands down best recipe ever! It has all you need to eat healthy and super tasty super filling….i make it so often, especially when tired post work hours, so easy to make💯

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 9:05 p.m.

We're so thrilled you're enjoying the recipe, Priyanka, thank you for the review 🥳


Ragan - July 24, 2021, 8:49 p.m.

This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! My family makes it almost weekly during the winter!


Ananya R - July 24, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

Quite literally the BEST recipe you will ever make. I find myself coming back to this recipe over and over because it’s so quick & easy and SO comforting 🥰 I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made this & impressed people with it! THANK YOU PUL for posting this — this will probably be in my recipe repertoire forever ❤️

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:52 p.m.

Oh, Ananya, this means so much! Thank YOU for the glowing review and for being here ♥️


Megan - July 24, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

The recipe that made me discover and enjoy tofu ! We do it very often now, so flavorful :)


Jenn - July 24, 2021, 7:28 p.m.

This recipe stays on regular rotation in my kitchen! Sometimes we eat it with noodle sometimes with rice, both are excellent!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:37 p.m.

Mmm love it with both! Thank you for taking the time to share, Jenn 😃


Jeralyn - July 24, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

Fantastic, delicious quick & easy - perfect!


Sonia - July 23, 2021, 2:15 p.m.

This has been one of our staples for a while now. Very easy to make, and very very tasty! The noodles get a bit soggy if you have leftover lunch. If you plan for leftovers maybe keep the noodles separate from the soup :)

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:46 p.m.

Appreciate the tip, Sonia 😊


Erica - July 12, 2021, 9:40 a.m.

This was one of the first dishes I ever made when I started cooking and it tasted amazing then and now! This is a staple recipe and a hit with friends and family.


Jillian - July 12, 2021, 3:35 a.m.

Tried this for dinner tonight, it was amazing! The broth is beyond delicious, definitely an addition to the dinner rotation.


Jennifer - July 10, 2021, 1:45 a.m.

This is sooo delicious and easy to make! 🤩 We make this all the time and it's perfect for especially those work-from-home lunch breaks. If we don't have all the veggies we just substitute with whatever we have and it works perfectly. ☺️

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:30 a.m.

We're beyond thrilled to read this review, Jennifer! So happy you're able to adjust the veggies used too 😍


Ruben M.Costa - July 8, 2021, 11:25 p.m.

My absolute favourite recipe! The texture of the bok choi on this is just amazing. I have actually added fresh button mushrooms and contrary to others, I quite enjoy the flavour! Made this last week for my parents and my mom is in love with it and already asked for us to do it again this weekend xD. But I couldn't find the paste in their local supermarket, so we made it from scratch! If PUL allows, I can share my recipe below for anybody who also can't find the curry paste ready made! I might start making it from scratch, because the brightness of flavour was stellar.

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:48 p.m.

Thank you for the incredible review, Ruben! We're so happy you were able to adapt the recipe for what's accessible to you. We'd love to hear your recipe 😃

Ruben M.C - July 11, 2021, 11:53 p.m.

Thank YOU for the awesome recipes! :) Here is how I did the homemade red thai curry paste:

Ingredients:
3 tsp white peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
5 big red chilies, chopped, seeds removed
1/2 tsp salt
12 cloves of garlic
Half small red onion (around 2-3 tbsp)
2 stalks of lemongrass, finely sliced (around 1 tbsp)
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander stalks
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 lime, zested
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:
1- Put the dry spices in a pestle and mortar (or spice grounder) and pound until powder. Set aside.
2 - In a pestle and mortar, put the chillis, garlic, and salt and grind until broken down. Add the remaining ingredients except the oil and pound until a paste is formed. Easier to just throw everything in a food processor or using an emersion blender and blend until smooth XD
3 - Mix the spices in the paste, and in a small frying pan heat the oil and fry the paste until it loses the water and gets thick and drier. Store in a jar in the fridge or freeze. It yielded ~6 tablespoons.


Steph - July 8, 2021, 10:10 p.m.

My husband usually doesn't really like tofu but he LOVES this dish! We make is almost every week in the colder months! Its so easy and yummy!


Kirstyn - July 8, 2021, 9:28 p.m.

This was the first PUL recipe I ever tried and I have zero ragrets. Couldn't even tell you how many times I've made this recipe .. so delicious and customizable (just don't add mushrooms, I did once and I found it threw the flavor off). I have also made it a bit thicker in consistency in order to freeze it then add water when I take it out.

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 5:31 a.m.

Oo we're so happy to have you in our PUL family, Kirstyn! Thank you for sharing 😊


Bry - July 8, 2021, 8:32 p.m.

I have made this over and over again, perfect for weeknights when you feel like a takeaway and then you make this and your belly is so much happier.


Rincy Cyriac - July 8, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

This recipe is my absolute favorite. I have lost count on how many times I have made it for my family. Full of creamy flavours!

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 9:26 p.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the recipe, Rincy!


Mary Pat - June 14, 2021, 1:19 a.m.

Wow! Love these combinations. Thank you☺️


Soraya - June 10, 2021, 11:46 a.m.

This is one of my staple meals, I always have a batch in my fridge. It's super delicious!

PUL Team - June 11, 2021, 1:15 a.m.

Thank you for the incredible review, Soraya!


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:26 p.m.

Another AMAZING soup! 😁


Taylor - June 1, 2021, 11:58 p.m.

I could live off of this for the rest of my life!


Mihee - May 30, 2021, 4:50 a.m.

This was so delicious! The whole family including my little one enjoyed this curry noodle soup. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 3:53 p.m.

Woohoo! Always so lovely to hear when the little ones enjoy a recipe. Thank you, Mihee 😃


Jessica - May 25, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

Another staple in our house, and my husband favourite. Quick and easy to make, healthy and super delicious!

PUL Team - May 26, 2021, 4:44 a.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Jessica ✨😊


Erica - May 17, 2021, 8:14 p.m.

I’m allergic to soy, is there another protein source I could use? Do you think chickpeas would work ok? I love your site and your YouTube channel, it’s been so helpful and such an inspiration. Normally I use the filter for soy-free, but this one sounds so good and I just bought bok choy. Thanks for all the great resources and help!

PUL Team - May 20, 2021, 11:34 p.m.

Hi Erica! Thank you for the kind words. Chickpeas are a wonderful idea. Perhaps seitan, roasted cashews, or using chickpea-based "tofu" are some other ideas! Happy cooking ✨🌻


Laura - May 12, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

I love this dish so much, I could easily eat it for the rest of my life, haha! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe :)

PUL Team - May 13, 2021, 6:32 a.m.

We love to hear that, Laura! So glad you've been enjoying the soup ☺️


Madhura - April 29, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

It is often difficult to get dry brown rice noodles in the grocery stores, most grocery store only keep the unhealthy versions. Nevertheless, this recipe is great! I was a little wary of cooking Thai on my own, but this recipe is so simple & quick :)

PUL Team - May 1, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the noodle soup, Madhura! Feel free to swap the brown rice noodles with another noodle more accessible to you if desired ☺️