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Khao Soi Lao

There is a lot of different khao soi dishes across Southeast Asia. The Lao style is a noodle soup with thick strands of rice noodles topped off with pork soy bean sauce and clear broth. I just love watching the red sauce diffuse through as I mix the noodles.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lao, laotian
Keyword: khao soi, lao, lao food, lao food movement, laos, laotian, noodles
Author: Saeng Douangdara



  • 2 lbs pork bone
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 in stalk ginger
  • 3 coriander cilantro root (can be found in frozen section of Thai grocery stores)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic head
  • 2 tsp salt

Pork Sauce

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp red curry
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup ground pork
  • 2 tbsp yellow soybean paste
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch salt

Serve With

  • 1 lbs wide rice noodles
  • 2 tbsp dried Thai chili powder
  • 1 packages of bean sprout
  • 1 bundle of cilantro
  • 1 green onion bundle
  • 1 lime
  • Fish sauce to taste


  • Blanch bones for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the bones, ginger, cilantro root, onions, garlic, and salt. Let the broth simmer for 1 hour with a lid.
  • Make the pork sauce: Heat vegetable oil in a saute pan and saute red curry for 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes until they are soft and broken. Add the pork, yellow soybean paste, black pepper, and salt.
  • Stir to smooth out the clusters of ground pork.
  • Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Assemble: cook the noodles, ladle broth over cooked noodles, add ½ cup pork sauce. Top with green onions, peppers, cilantro, bean sprouts, lime, and fish sauce to taste