Khau Suey with a Thai Twist

Today, after a long time I am finally having a planned dinner party with my friends. (around 8 people) Since it has been a while since we have had one of these I want to make a filling and hearty meal with a traditional twist. At first, I thought of just making some salad and sandwiches but I wanted to aim a little higher so instead I am making this ample meal. Kahu Suey is originally a burmese dish but with a few twists and turns it can be turned into a traditional yet modern thai dish. (don't worry, it isn't spicy unless you want it to be) #nonspicythai #notspicythai #soupswithatwist However, I must warn you this dish does take some time to make so make sure you can spare that and if you can let's get started. #ihavealotofsparetime

Servings: 8

Difficulty: 3/5

First things first, you have to know that we have to build two different things. Fist is the tomato puree and the second is the soup. First off, let's start making the puree.

Ingredients for Tomato Puree:

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 small red chillies (preferably thai)

  • 4 - 5 black peppercorns

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp grounded cumin powder

Making the tomato puree requires no hard work at all. All you have to do is blend together everything listed above☝️ (Watch video for example👇)

Making the soup is also pretty easy but requires more ingredients:

Ingredients for the Soup:

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped bottle gourd

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots

  • 1/2 cup chopped radish

  • 250 ml coconut milk

  • 1 tbsp. garlic water (optional)

  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce

  • 1 tsp. dark soya sauce

  • 2 vegetable stock cubes

  • 1 liter water

  • 1/2 crushed galangal or ginger

  • 2 sticks lemon grass

  • 4 - 5 kaffir leaves

  • 2 tbsp. tamarind paste

  • 11/2 tsp. jaggery

Watch this video for the full recipe. Since the recipe is quite long and we spent a lot of time creating the video we are not writing a method for this soup so view this video for the full recipe:

Wait! The soup isn't completely done. Traditionally, Khau Suey also includes some sides like peanuts and tofu that you can just add on top of your bowl. Look at this list for some ideas:

  • 1 medium sized bowl of boiled noodles

  • Fried Noodles

  • Fried Tofu (hard and finely chopped) OR Cottage Cheese

  • Fried Onions

  • Fried Garlic

  • Pan Fried Soya Nuggets

  • Grounded Roasted Peanuts

  • Lemon Juice

  • Chilli Flakes

  • Powdered Sugar

  • Salad Bowl: Spring Onions, Cabbage and Celery


  • You can use wai wai noodles, japanese noodles or spaghetti for the "boiled noodles" option in the table condiments.

  • For the "fried noodles" option, you have to use parboiled noodles.

Links for Ingredients (we don't use these products)

Garlic Water

Japanese Noodles

Vegetable Stock Cube

Final Soup:

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