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Ohn No Kauk Swe
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

Ohn no kauk swe is a famous Burmese recipe prepared with wheat noodles in a chicken curry and coconut milk broth and topped with fried rice noodles.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Burmese
Servings: 6 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger , peeled and finely grated
  • 4 cloves garlic , peeled and finely grated
  • 2 shallots , finely diced
  • 2 onions , finely diced
  • 1 lb egg noodles
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs , cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
  • A handful of flat rice noodles
  • 4 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 lime , cut into 4 wedges
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 1 red onion , thinly cut
  • 3 tablespoons ngapi fish paste (or fish sauce)
  • cups cold water , divided
  • Vegetable oil
  1. Heat a little oil in a pan and sweat the onions over low heat. Add the ginger and garlic.
  2. Sauté for 3 minutes, then chop the everything in a food processor until obtaining a coarse paste.
  3. In a bowl, combine the chicken and red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon of paprika and a little salt. Set aside.
  4. Whip the chickpea flour with ½ cup (100 ml) of cold water and pour this mixture in a pan. Add the paste and mix well. Add the fish paste and the bouillon cube.

  5. Bring to a boil, then add 2 cups (500 ml) of cold water.

  6. Bring to a boil again and boil for 7 minutes.
  7. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan or wok. When the oil is hot, pour 2 tablespoons of paprika and mix well. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Fry the flat rice noodles in a large bath of hot oil until they swell slightly and use a slotted spoon to take the crispy rice noodles out of the oil and place them in a colander. Take 1 tablespoon of the frying oil and set aside.
  9. Boil the wheat egg noodles and drain them.
  10. In a wok, pour the 2 tablespoons of reserved oil (from the rice noodles) and one tablespoon of the oil that was heated with the paprika, and fry the spring onions and shallots.
  11. Add the marinated chicken and the last tablespoon of paprika oil, mix well and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  12. Add the broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  13. Pour the wheat noodles in this broth and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  14. Serve hot, accompanied by boiled egg slices, red onion slices and fried rice noodles.
  15. Optional: sprinkle lime juice.