Recipe by Donna Luangmany
Khao Piak Sen is the Lao version of homemade chicken noodle soup. Literally meaning wet rice strands, this dish is made of slightly chewy noodles and a simple chicken broth. Khao Piak Sen is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for the cold weather, a sick day, or just when a warm, hearty meal is desired.
1 stewing chicken or roasting chicken
12 cups of water (or enough to cover the chicken)
1 stalk lemongrass
1 piece galangal
3 kaffir lime leaves
fish sauce to taste
- Cut up chicken into quarters and place in large stock pot.
- Add water and other ingredients. Simmer for several hours, occasionally skimming off the foam that comes to the surface.
- When chicken is cooked, remove and allow to cook. Shred with a fork once cool enough to handle. Set aside for garnish.
1 package rice flour (16 oz)
1 1/2 packages tapioca starch (21 oz)
2 cups boiling water
- Mix together one package rice flour with one package tapioca starch. (Note: the ratio for this mix varies by recipe. I prefer a 1:1, though for a chewier noodle, add more tapioca starch.)
- Slowly add water to mixture and stir. The key to a successful noodle is boiling water (not just hot). Start with a small amount of water, and continue to add more until a lumpy dough forms.
- Dust remaining tapioca starch on a flat surface and carefully kneed the dough for several minutes.
- Rest dough for 10 minutes.
- Dust a rolling pin. Break the dough into smaller balls, and roll them out to about 1/8 inch thickness.
- Cut into 1/4 inch noodles. Dust the noodles with tapioca starch to prevent them from sticking to each other.
sliced green onions
ground white pepper
Putting It All Together
- The noodles can be cooked directly in boiling chicken broth. Doing so will cause the tapioca starch to thicken the soup.
- Alternatively, the noodles can be cooked in a pot of boiling water, strained, and then placed in individual bowls. Chicken broth is ladled over the noodles.
- Typical Lao style is to lay all the garnishes out and let each individual season their soup to their personal tastes
Donna Luangmany is a Canadian-Laotian mama living in Windsor, Ontario. She contributes to CleanBirth.org as a social media advisor.