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Burmese Noodle Khau Sway

Khau Sway – Burmese Dish

Recipe Blog Post




1 lb boneless chicken *

2 medium sized onions, roughly chopped

10-12 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of chickpea flour

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 teaspoon of red chili powder

1 ½ cups chicken stock *

½ cup of unsweetened thick/regular coconut milk

1 cup of unsweetened Light coconut milk

1 lb thin egg noodles or spaghetti or rice noodles *

2 tablespoons of Unflavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Salt to taste


Toppings and Garnishes

Chopped, deep fried garlic

Chopped hard boiled eggs

Fried uncooked noodles

I cup Fried Onions (French’s)

3-4 green chilies or Thai chilies

1 bunch cilantro or parsley

1 cup mint

4-6 spring onions

Small bowl of Red chili powder or cayenne powder

3-4 limes or lemons




Cut boneless chicken into bite sized portions. Roughly chop the onions and then puree in a food processor. Put aside.


Separately puree the garlic cloves or put the cloves through a garlic press.


Make a thickish slurry by mixing a little water and the chickpea flour. Ensure there are no lumps. Put aside


In a Dutch oven or deep saucepan, heat the oil and add the ground onions. Cook stirring well for 4-6 minutes. Add the pressed garlic and stir, cooking another 4-5 minutes till you smell that garlic aroma.


Add the chicken pieces and stir, cooking for an additional 5 minutes, then add the turmeric and chili powder and cook 3-5 minutes more until the chicken is well coated with the onion mixture and beginning to brown.


Add stock and bring to a simmer. Add the thin/light coconut milk and when it starts to simmer add the chickpea flour mix. Keep stirring till the sauce boils and starts to thicken. Reduce the heat and cook for 5-8 minutes to ensure the chicken and the chickpea flour are fully cooked. Add salt to taste and stir well. Remove from heat and begin to prepare the toppings and garnishes (see below)


When ready to serve, cook the noodles according to package directions.


Re-heat the Khau Sway sauce ensuring that there is enough liquid for a good amount of gravy, adding more stock as needed. When hot add the thick/regular coconut milk, stir and heat through. Serve the gravy and noodles family style with dishes of toppings for individual customizing.



Preparing Toppings and Garnishes

Heat ¼ cup oil in a saucepan on medium heat

Break some uncooked noodles into small pieces and fry till light brown and crunchy. Remove and place on a paper towel, then remove to a dish


Thinly slice 6 cloves of garlic. Add to the hot oil and cook until light brown (be careful not to let it burn). Remove and place on a paper towel, then remove to a dish


Boil eggs (1 egg for every two people you are serving). Peel and chop and place in a dish


Chop the mint, parsley/cilantro, spring onions, chilies into separate dishes.


Place a tablespoon of red chili powder or cayenne powder in a small dish, cut limes or lemons into wedges in a separate plate.


Serve the French’s Fried Onions in a dish.


Burmese Noodle Khau Sway toppings


How to Serve

Serve the noodles and gravy in separate serving bowls in the center of the table.

Place the smaller dishes of toppings and accompaniments along the table.

Each guest helps themselves to some noodles, then gravy and any combination of accompaniments they prefer (don’t bypass the lime or lemon juice though!)

Serving Burmese Khau Sway



Serves 6-8

Total Time: 60-75 minutes



* You can make a fabulous vegetarian/vegan version by substituting the chicken with a combination of cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, tofu or veggies of your choice and also substitute the chicken stock with a vegetable stock


* I bought my egg noodles at a local Asian market, but you can also substitute with regular thin spaghetti or rice noodles to make it gluten free.



Categories: Entrée, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Poultry, Khau Sway, Khow Swey, Khao Sway, Burmese Noodle Dish, Chicken, Toppings, Fried Garlic, Fried Noodles, Coconut Milk, Egg Noodles, Vegetarian Entrée, Show-Stopper Entrée, Plant Based Meal, Entertaining, Coconut Curry



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  • Donald Rosenfarb
    November 14, 2020

    Mind Blown! This will knock those boring family taco nights on their ear!

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