Coconut Curry Soup

I mentioned in my vegetable dehydrating post that my dad wanted some good backpacking meal ideas for a weekend trip he was planning. I knew he wouldn’t do much more than heat something up, which was understandable, but limiting in terms of what he could make. I stumbled upon this coconut cream powder that I had bought for another trip and knew right away that a soup recipe would work really well.

I came up with this Coconut Curry Soup and it was good enough that I actually made it for lunch at home several times since – not something I can say about most backpacking recipes. The coconut cream powder is a little hard to find, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. You can find it in some Asian grocery stores and, of course, online.



Coconut Curry Soup


1 serving

Prep Time / Cook Time


Activity Guide



  • 30 grams coconut cream powder (1/2 a packet)
  • 1-2 cubes vegetable bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • A handful of rice noodles
  • A handful of dehydrated veggies
  • 2 cups water


  • Small pot


  1. At home, combine coconut cream powder, bouillon, curry powder and cayenne in a small zip top bag.
  2. In another bag, portion out your noodles and dehydrated veggies.
  3. At camp, boil the noodles and dehydrated veggies in the water.
  4. Once the veggies are re-hydrated and the noodles are tender, stir in the coconut cream mixture.

50 thoughts on “Coconut Curry Soup

  1. this soup is fantastic! Thank you for sharing! I made packets of the soup mix to try and avoid the nasty dehydrated meals on a week long kayak trip…it was easy, yummy and filling!

  2. Looks delicious! I didn’t know about the coconut milk powder. I might try throwing in some dehydrated shrimp or chicken or some cashews or something for extra protein. Yum!

  3. This soup was SO GOOD. I mean, phenomenal. I would totally make this at home for dinner too, and thoroughly enjoy it. Literally the best backpacking dinner ever created.

  4. This soup was a huge hit for my husband and I in the midst of a pre-packaged meal filled BWCA trip. We threw in some small-mouth bass that we caught right before making dinner.

  5. We tried this soup on our canoe trip and it was amazing. I’d like to make it at home and was wondering if I could substitute the coconut cream powder for coconut milk as the powder is hard to find at my local store. If so how much coconut milk should use? Thx!

    1. Hi Kerstin! You’re right, most powdered coconut milk has milk derivatives in it, but Native Forest makes a vegan one. I’ve seen it at Sprouts and also on Amazon. Hope that helps!

  6. We just got back from a week in the Smoky mountains and I made so many of your recipes, but this was the hands-down favorite

  7. at all, I can not understand why you people eat Pre-Cooked foods? they contain a lot of conservative and unhealthy Materials! it’s better to make coconut milk yourself! it’s not so hard!

  8. This looks so great! Does anyone know if you can just pour boiling water over the mixture and let sit to cook? Or do you have to boil it in the pot? Either way, I’ll definitely be adding it to our camping meal idea arsenal. But I would love it if I could use it in a hotel as well.

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