One of my favorite items to order in a Thai restaurant is the Pad Kee Mao or Drunken Noodles. They don’t have an alcohol in them but the name comes from the fact that it’s most ordered and eaten after a long night of drunken fun. Spicy slightly oil slicked noodles is a beloved street food treat that readily soaks up all the alcohol in our system, often called a hang over cure. Luckily I’ve never needed to be drunk to enjoy this. I quickly put this together for dinner last minute when my Sister called and told me they (her hubby and my niece) were coming over. The hardest part really is prepping the ingredients (which really isn’t that hard at all) before stir-frying together.
When choosing your Rice Noodles or Rice Sticks, be sure to get the XL size or 10mm for this recipe, fresh ho fun is best but in a pinch dried noodles work well also. I personally prefer Three Lady brand, but they didn’t have the size I wanted that day.
4 tbsp thick soy sauce
3 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp sambal oelek (optional, can use less if you don’t like spicy)
1/2 cup hot water
3 tbsp warm water
2 tsp oil
1/2 lbs ground pork
14 oz XL rice noodles, soaked and re-hydrated
2 cups fried tofu
1/2 cup hot water
3 tbsp oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
1/2 medium white onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves, loosely packed
2 medium tomato, halved then cut into fours
2 large yellow peppers, thinly sliced
16 oz bean sprouts
2. Heat pan over medium high heat. Mix together eggs, warm water and black pepper. Beating until fluffy. Add 1 tsp oil to pan, swirl to coat. Add half of the egg mixture and swirl to make a thin omelet, cook for 1 minute
5. Add all ingredients for sauce in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve sugar. Set aside.
(Ok, so I sorta forgot to take this picture!)
1. You can easily swap out the pork and tofu for beef, chicken, your favorite seafood or leave out the meat all together for a vegetarian treat
2. Remember not to over work the noodles, you don’t want to break them or it’ll just be mush!
This recipe is incredibly personable. Don’t like a lot of fish sauce? Add less, like things a bit sweeter? Add more sugar, like it really spicy? Stir fry in some chilies as well as using chili sauce. I’ve made this many times over the years and it’s always been a popular dish for quick dinners and potluck with friends.