Khow Suey (Burmese Curry Noodle Soup)

This brothy Burmese dish is a fragrant one-pot meal packed full of noodles, vegetables, and curried soup. Instead of the traditional coconut milk used in khow suey, this version is thickened with chickpea flour, which gives the soup a creamy texture without all the added fat. Spicy ginger, zesty lime juice, and aromatic cilantro form a trifecta of flavor that heightens the savory yellow curry spices. This is a great meal to throw together on a busy weeknight because you can use any pack of frozen veggies you have on hand and any type of noodle tucked away in your pantry. If you want to kick up the heat, drizzle sriracha over each serving. 

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By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • 6 oz. dry whole grain long noodles, such as spaghetti, Thai-style brown rice noodles, soba noodles, or udon noodles
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1½ tablespoons curry powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 1 16-oz. package fresh or frozen stir-fry vegetables (4 cups)
  • 2 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • ½ cup sliced scallions (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges
  • Sriracha sauce, for serving


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large pot combine onion, curry powder, garlic, ginger, and ¼ cup water. Cook over medium-low 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl whisk together chickpea flour and 1 cup water until smooth. Add mixture to pot. Stir in vegetables and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add cooked noodles and the milk; cook 3 to 4 minutes more or until heated through. Season with salt.
  • Top with scallions (if using) and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and sriracha.

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Is the yellow curry powder called for in the recipe the same as Madras curry powder, or is it something different? Or would garam masala be a better substitute?

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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