Shan Noodle Soup from Myanmar

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Shan Noodle Soup

Ingredients you'll need

This dish can easily be made vegetarian by substituting the pork mince with a vegetarian or plant-based mince.

To serve four people you will need:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 500g pork mince (or plant-based alternative)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 plum tomatoes, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 600ml of quality chicken stock
  • 350ml of water
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 4 portions of dried rice noodles
  • 1tsp sugar
  • salt to taste

Optional ingredients:

  • 2 tsp roasted soybean powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts, lightly crushed

Shan Noodle Soup ingredients


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and briefly fry the minced garlic until it turns yellow.
  2. Add the onions and fry until softened.
  3. Next, add the mince and fry for ten minutes.
  4. Stir in the grated tomatoes, soy sauce, fish sauce, turmeric, sugar and paprika. Add the chilli powder if using.
  5. At this point, add the roasted soybean powder, stirring quickly to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  6. Add the water and chicken stock, simmering for 10 minutes, or until the mince is cooked through.
  7. Cook your rice noodles in a separate saucepan according to the packet instructions.
  8. Add the noodles to your bowl and add the soup on top.
  9. Add the fresh coriander and salt to taste. Scatter the spring onions and roasted peanuts over your dish, if using.
  10. Enjoy!

Shan Noodle Soup

You can pick up roasted soy bean powder in the world food aisle in your local supermarket. It acts as a thickening agent to make this soup even tastier. You can also substitute this with cornflour.

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