What Is Drunken Noodles Called?

Drunken Noodles is the literal translation of Pad Kee Mao because the theory is that these spicy Thai noodles should be eaten with an ice cold beer and that they are a great cure for hangover.

About the noodles:

Drunken noodles are traditionally made with rice noodles, and in particular, extra wide rice noodles. My grocery store only carries thinner Pad Thai rice noodles, which will work well for this recipe, but I buy extra wide rice noodles from Amazon or an Asian market.

Linguini noodles can be a good alternative to rice noodles if you can’t find them or don’t want to use them.

Follow the instructions on your rice noodles’ package to cook them while you prepare the rest of this dish, as the instructions for cooking rice noodles vary by package.

What I LOVE about this recipe:

  • Choose the spice level: I love fiery hot pasta, sandwiches, etcetera, but my young kids don’t so I can easily customize this dish to add more or less red chili sauce depending on who I’m serving.
  • Adaptable: This recipe allows for a lot of modifications and substitutions depending on what you have on hand. If you can’t find wide rice noodles, substitute thinner Pad Thai noodles, or even linguini. if you don’t have chicken, substitute another protein (tofu, shrimp or pork would all taste great), and add any vegetables that need to be used from your fridge. (See more adaptation ideas below).
  • How to Make Thai Drunken Noodles

  • Start by mixing all of the listed sauce ingredients to create the Pad Kee Mao sauce. Set aside.
  • Boil water and cook noodles according to package instructions.
  • Next, heat a wok to high heat and add a touch of coconut oil along with the beaten eggs. Cook the eggs until set, then push up the side to slow the cooking. Then sauté the garlic, onions, and Thai chiles in the wok. If needed add another small amount of oil, and then the sliced chicken breasts.
  • Once cooked, push the mixture up the side and quickly stir fry the veggies. I used bell peppers and carrots (and added tomatoes later) but you could also add snow peas, broccoli, or baby corn.
  • Once the veggies are just barely cooked (but still firm) add in the drained noodles and the sauce. Toss and mix with fresh green onions, Thai basil leaves, and tomatoes.
  • FAQ

    Why do they call drunken noodles?

    The reasons why they are referred to as “drunken noodles” are based on the legends surrounding them. Although the recipe does not contain alcohol, it is said that inebriated individuals would attempt to “quench their thirst” with these noodles before learning how spicy they were.

    What is drunken noodles called in Chinese?

    Pad Kee Mao, also known by its brand name Drunken Noodles, is a delicious, spicily prepared stir-fry that frequently includes additional vegetables like snow peas, baby corn, and Thai basil in addition to the traditional ingredients of red bell pepper, broccoli, and Chinese kale.

    Is Pad Thai the same as drunken noodles?

    To create a subtly sweet flavor, the tamarind sauce used to make pad Thai also contains fish sauce and palm sugar. Then, the chicken or tofu is mixed with the sauce and put on top of a mound of rice noodles. Drunken Noodles, on the other hand, are a stir-fry with a flavorful sauce.

    Is drunken noodles same as pad see ew?

    Drunken Noodles are spicy, whereas Pad See Ew has a sweeter meets saltier flavor profile. This is the main distinction between the two types of noodles. Other differences include the fact that Pad See Ew heavily relies on Chinese broccoli while Pad Kee Mao also incorporates other vegetables.

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