Khow suey

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Khow suey
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Alternative names
  • khausa
  • khousay
  • khausey
TypeNoodle soup
Place of originBurma
Region or stateLower Burma
Main ingredientsEgg noodles, curried beef or chicken, coconut milk
VariationsOhn no khao swè
Similar dishesLaksa, Khao soi

Khow suey (from Burmese: ခေါက်ဆွဲ), is a noodle soup made of egg noodles and curried beef or chicken with coconut milk, served with a variety of contrasting condiments.[1] A squeeze of lemon also adds tanginess to khow suey.[2] The dish is similar to the Burmese noodle dish ohn no khauk swe, literally 'coconut milk noodles'.


The dish, known as ohn no khao swè, originated in Burma, and came to East India with Indians who migrated from Burma during World War II. It is associated with street food in India. The Memon community of Pakistan also adapted this dish, likely coinciding with the emigration of South Asians from Burma in the 1960s, and is now a representative Memon dish now known as khausa.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Burmese Khow Suey recipe at
  3. ^ "Khausa: A tale of two cities - Yangon and Karachi". Retrieved 2019-10-31.