My Stolen Family Recipe

By Michelle Shih Posted March 15, 2010


Thai noodle soup khao soi

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khao soi

I didn't intend to steal my family's favorite new recipe. But I was editing an essay by Perri Klass about how the Thai noodle soup khao soi became a family recipe for her. The piece made the dish sound so delicious, I innocently asked her for the recipe, which she had adapted slightly from the 1976 cookbook Noodles Galore by Merry White . (I wasn't the only one whose mouth was watering reading the piece; several readers asked for the recipe, too.) I tinkered with Perri's version—I made it soupier by doing one-and-a-half times most of the ingredients for the broth—and have now cooked it at least once a month ever since because my kids absolutely adore it. So apologies to Perri, but my kids now squeeze limes and slurp up the curried noodles thinking this is their family dish. If you want a taste of the illicit goods, here's my version of the recipe:
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