Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp

By • January 24, 2011 • 31 Comments



Author Notes: Curry noodles are a favorite food. I know everything is my favorite food, but Thai street food, especially the kind sold off a boat floating dock side, has to be really good food. A big batch of sauteed Asian greens would be a nice side. - thirschfeldthirschfeld

Food52 Review: This terrific recipe delivers – in spades – everything we’ve come to expect from the generous offerings of thirshfeld: a perfect balance of flavors, crystal clear instructions, and an extraordinary end result. Pay close attention to the warning at the end of Step 2 , where Mr. H wisely notes that you may be frying more scallions than those initially sliced. In fact, the only thing I’d change in this recipe is to tell the cook to double the quantity of scallions at the outset, as those crispy onion-y bits are outrageously tasty and wickedly addictive. . . which also happens to describe rather nicely the entire dish. ;o)AntoniaJames

Serves 4

  • 1 pound lo mein noodles or thin spaghetti, cooked according to directions and cooled
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon madras curry powder
  • 2 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock or unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 lime quartered for garnish
  • 1/3 cup scallions, sliced for garnish
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup shallots, sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt
  1. Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add a half inch of oil to the pot. Season the shallots with salt. Combine the flour and the cornstarch and then add it to the shallots. Toss the shallots so they become coated with the flour. Shake off excess flour.
  2. When the temp of the oil is 325 fry the shallots until they are crispy. Don't let them brown to much or they will taste burned. Remove them from the pan to a paper towel lined plate and season them with salt. Put them somewhere where you won't be tempted or you will find yourself having to fry more.
  3. Drain the pot of oil. Rinse and dry it. Place it back over medium high heat.
  4. Combine the garlic, curry paste, madras curry powder, tumeric and cumin. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot. Add the garlic and spices. Sear the spices just until fragrant and then add the stock, fish sauce, sugar and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and them reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer for about 20 minutes to get the flavors to meld. Taste, it is probably going to taste salty but not to worry when you add the noodles it will cure itself of this issue but now would be the time to add more fish sauce of you think it needs it. Add the shrimp, let them cook to almost done and then turn the heat to high. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice and bring the sauce just to a boil then turn it off.
  6. Place the noodles in a strainer and run hot water over them to warm them. Drain them and divide them among 4 bowls. Sauce the noodles with shrimp, curry sauce and then top with shallots and green onions. Serve with a lime on the side.
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8 months ago jack dvareckas

a cup of shallots ???!!! was that a typo

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7 months ago thirschfeld

Yes a cup of shallots. It ends up being 3 large or about 5 medium shallots

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about 1 year ago DesireeDuym

I have made this once a month since finding this recipe! I substitute chicken; cooking it with the spice paste and then simmering with the rest of the ingredients. LOVE the fried green onions and sometimes fry some jalapeño rings with them to add to the garnish.

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over 1 year ago Kristina Robbins

bonafide delicious!!! has the hallmark of all great recipes, it's brilliance allows for endless improvisations. going to add greens or napa cabbage next time with some julienned carrots and cucumbers on top. thank you for another fantastic recipe to put in the family weeknight rotation

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over 1 year ago Lilismom

My husband does not eat fish or shellfish. I'm going to try it with chicken instead.

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over 2 years ago cookingProf

My daughter and I made this for lunch today. We love Thai food and we (including my husband and daughter) concluded that this recipe competes with the best of the best we have ever eaten.
Thanks for the great recipe. Will be making this again soon (maybe with jasmine rice).

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Made this again last night using chunks of cod instead of shrimp. Outstanding!! This is one of our favorite recipes of FOOD52 ever (and we have tried, and I make on a regular basis, many FOOD52 recipes). Thank you, thirschfeld. ;o)

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over 2 years ago molls to the wall

Had enough to take lunch the next day and while I thoroughly enjoyed it right after making it, dare I say this is even better as left overs?

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over 2 years ago LLStone

We ate this last night and finished the rest off for lunch today. It was so good - I'm planning how quickly I can make this again! Loved the shallots, and the curry sauce was delicious. Great recipe.

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over 2 years ago Equator180

Shrimp, like beef or any other main food item comes in many different sizes, flavors and textures. There is no mention of the species of shrimp in this resicepe; the best "farmed." shrimp would be a monodon, (Kobe beef) commonly know as Black Tiger Prawn and I would suggest size of 26/30 pieces per kg. You can now find tigers, fresh, never frozen or slacked out, grown in extensive farms not intensive ones requiring many additives to ensure good health. Of course you can go for wild caught and that is a whole different story but don't let anyone tell you the white, grey or glass farmed prawn is superior, it is NOT! It is grown in very dense populations and needs a lot of help to survive..that species is Vannamei

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over 2 years ago jhoranco

This one goes into the rotation. The shallots are wonderful, but for a weeknight, I think I'll skip them and add cilantro next time. Thanks!

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about 3 years ago stacy.shanti

Wow. This is one of the best dishes I have ever made....and I cook a lot. Wonderfully complex and balanced - the heat of the curry paste with the subtle sweetness of the coconut milk and oh my, those shallots. Too good!

I eat a vegetarian diet so I substituted marinated, broiled tofu for the shrimp and white miso paste for the fish sauce. My dining companion, who is not vegetarian, said he wouldn't change a thing.

Excellent recipe! Delicious results!

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over 3 years ago Fran McGinty

I would like to ask a question about the coconut milk because i am not sure. I have a quart of coconut milk in the fridge that I use on cereal or to drink its a lot thinner than the coconut milk you get in the can. Which coconut milk is the correct one to use in this recipe?

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over 3 years ago thirschfeld

I used the canned but if the carton has a good cocnut flavor I am sure you could sub it in. Just maybe don't use as much as the recipe calls for. If you have extra virgin cocnut oil this would be a good place to use it too

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

just wanted to tell you again how much we love this sauce. I made it again last night with some mussels and it was fantastic. Really balanced flavors with enough spice for my daughter and not too much for me. It's a perfect weeknight meal. Thanks again!

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over 3 years ago thirschfeld

Thanks healthierkitchen, I am so glad you like it. It is a favorite of mine as well

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over 3 years ago ellenl

I don't know how I missed this--can't wait to make it. I always look for your recipes. Thanks.

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over 3 years ago lacerise

this was very good! tastes just like a dish called Curried Chicken Noodle Soup that we get at our local Burmese restaurant. Theirs obviously has chicken rather than the shrimp and is garnished with the fried scallions as well as wedges of hard boiled egg. Both renditions are delicious and it's nice to now have a recipe with which to tinker depending on what I'm craving. thank you!!

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over 3 years ago lacerise

oops, meant fried shallots and scallions which, btw, were delicious.

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over 3 years ago smhorowitz

Oh momma that was good. (And shockingly easy.)

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Yikes, I was so tired when I drafted that review, I meant to say "shallots," not "scallions." (It's been an insanely busy couple of months . . . ) The SHALLOTs are phenomenal. Sorry!! ;o)

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Made this tonight and my daughter deemed it "restaurant worthy." But then, I knew it would be tasty! Like AJ, wasn't sure the difference Madras curry might bring to the flavor, but I went with the curry blend I have. Was thinking that Madras might have red pepper too? Really delicious!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Mr H, what is "madras" curry powder? I usually blend my own curry powder, so it would help to know what goes into the madras (generally). Cannot wait to try this. Thanks!! ;o)

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over 3 years ago AnnP

This was great ~ we made it for dinner last night and the family loved it. Now we're fighting who gets the leftovers for lunch!