Saeng Douangdara - Khao Piek Sen Lao Hand-Cut Tapioca Chicken Noodle Soup Broth

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Saeng Douangdara shows us how to make a chicken noodle soup from Laos.
Khao Piek Sen Lao
Lunch, Dinner
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, lightly crushed
  • 2 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1 whole yellow onion
  • 1 handful cilantro roots (or cilantro stems)
  • 4 thin slices galangal, lightly crushed
  • 1 lemongrass stalk lightly crushed
  • 4 lime leaves, squeeze with hands
  • 1 whole small chicken or 6 chicken thighs
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: lime, fried garlic, fried shallots, chili oil, more fish sauce to taste, cilantro, green onions, and sriracha


  • 1-1/2 cup jasmine rice flour
  • 1-1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Extra rice flour for dusting


  1. Prepare the broth aromatics: lightly crush the garlic, minced shallots, halved yellow onion, bruised cilantro roots, bruised galangal slices, bruised lemongrass, lightly squeezed lime leaves.
  2. Cut up the whole chicken with bone on.
  3. In the pot, heat the stove on high then add the cooking oil. Add the aromatics; saute the aromatics until lightly golden.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and saute until the skin browns then add the water before aromatics start burning.
  5. Season with fish sauce, black pepper, and salt.
  6. Bring the broth to a boil then let it simmer and cover with a lid for 1 hour.
  7. Strain the broth out and hand shred the chicken meat.


  1. Boil water and use 1 cup from the boiling water.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the rice flour and tapioca flour and whisk.
  3. Slowly add the boiling water into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Once the mixture is cool enough to mix with your hand, start kneading the dough very firmly.
  4. Add more water as needed (1 tbsp as needed). The final dough should be smooth.
  5. Flatten out the dough and cut it into the desired thickness of strands.
  6. Cook the noodles in a separate pot of boiling water for 2 minute.

Putting it Together:

  1. Place the cooked noodles into a serving bowl.
  2. Add the desired amount of broth.
  3. Garnish with lime, fried garlic, fried shallots, chili oil, more fish sauce to taste, cilantro, green onions, and sriracha

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