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Laos Khao Soi - Tomato Meat Sauce Noodle Soup

Laos Khao Soi - Tomato Meat Sauce Noodle Soup

Laos khao soi is one of the best hidden gems in the world of noodle soups. It has a garlicky tomato meat sauce that gives this dish its wonderful flavour and colour.
Course Main
Cuisine Laos
Keyword Khao Soi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 732kcal
Author Scruff


  • 1 kg fresh rice noodle (banh pho) or 400 gm of dried flat rice noodles (available at Asian grocers)

Soup Base

  • 2 chicken frames / carcasses, washed and cleaned
  • 2.5 L water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

Meat Sauce

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 500 gm pork mince
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (400 gm)
  • 1 cup soy bean paste
  • pepper, (to taste)


  • 8 sprigs coriander roughly chopped
  • 1 packet pork crackling broken up (optional and available at Asian grocery)

To Serve

  • 150 gm bean sprouts (optional but recommended)
  • 1 bunch watercress (optional but recommended)
  • 2 birds eye chillies, chopped (optional)


  • sriracha / chilli sauce (optional)
  • fish sauce (optional)


Soup Base

  • In a large pot, boil the chicken frames in 2.5 L of water. Boil vigorously for 10 minutes and remove the scum on the surface.
  • Add salt and sugar to the soup and simmer for 1 hour on medium low. 
  • Remove the chicken bones and add the fish sauce. Put the lid on and set aside. 

Meat Sauce (Start when 30 minutes left on the soup)

  • In a non-stick fry pan on medium heat, heat the canola oil, then sweat the onions and garlic.  
  • Add the pork mince and fry until 80% cooked.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, soy bean paste, soy sauce and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes over low heat and stir every 5 minutes. 

Assembling the Noodle Bowl

  • Wash vegetables and serve them on the table with any condiments. 
  • Boil plenty of water in a kettle. Divide the fresh rice noodles into bowls. Just before serving, loosen the noodles by pouring boiling water over the noodles. Swirl the noodles for a few seconds with chopsticks and then strain. 
    If using dried rice noodles, please prepare as per package instructions. 
  • Heat up the soup until boiling. Ladle the soup over the noodles and spoon the sauce over the top. (Refer to the pictures) 
  • Garnish and then serve. Also, serve a bowl of meat sauce on the table if anyone wants extra.


Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 2604mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg