Coconut Noodle Soup


Coconut Noodle Soup is a wonderful all-year- around, South-east Asian soup. Warming during the colder season and  refreshing during the warmer season. The list of ingredients is rather long but it is totally worth the trouble and if you miss out on one or two of the spices it will still taste great. Of course you may also adjust the veggies after season. If you can get hold of lime leaves you will get a more genuine South-east Asian flavour but if you can’t find it, add more fresh cilantro instead.

For this recipe I have added tofu as the source of protein. This soup will taste great without tofu but if you are after a more complete meal I would definitely include some. Or why not swap it for some tempeh. I make my Coconut Noodle soup in many different varieties depending on season and what ingredients I have at home. It’s a fairly easy recipe (despite the list of ingredients) since it doesn’t take long at all to prepare.


Coconut Noodle Soup


  • 200 g pumpkin
  • 1 big potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 50 g green leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 lime leaves (frozen, fresh or dried)
  • 100 g rice noodles
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 5 dl / 2.1 cup water
  • 200 g tofu
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (for the tofu)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1- 1 /2 tsk salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • a big fistful of chopped fresh cilantro


1. Dice and fry the tofu quickly in a little oil. Add the soy sauce right before you remove from the heat. Set aside.

2. Prepare the noodles according to the package and set aside.

3. Dice the pumpkin, potato and red pepper. Chop the garlic finely. Fry the garlic until it starts to get colour. Add the spices, pumpkin, potato and pepper. Soon after you add the coconut milk, lime leaves, sugar and water. Let it simmer until the pumpkin and potatoes are soft. Stir in the lime juice, green leaves, tofu and chopped fresh cilantro. Season with salt.

4. Serve the soup with the noodles on the side and let everyone add as much noodles as they want to their soup. If you add the noodles to the soup before you serve it they will become overcooked. Enjoy!




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