Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

This is a recipe for Pad Kee Mao, aka “drunken Thai noodles“, so called because they are considered to be the perfect dish for drunken or hungover tourists to chow down on and sober up! If you can’t get your hands on palm sugar, you’ll be just fine using caster sugar in a pinch. But you’d definitely be better off buying the real thing! (The previous was an affiliate link for which I earn a commission per purchase.)

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Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

Introduction

This post is all about bringing you a wonderful recipe for Pad Kee Mao, aka “drunken Thai noodles”.

Just over a year ago, a couple entered our local pub and informed everyone that they would be doing Thai takeaways from a van once a week in the village. I wasn’t there at the time, so I can’t be sure how it was received.

Several weeks went by, and week after week, I would come home from work to find empty takeaway tubs. And because I was always at work on Saturday nights, I never got to join in.

My girlfriend and I would wake up in the morning and I would ask her how her takeaway had been. Without fail, she had always thoroughly enjoyed it. And chances were, I had come home starving.

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So, naturally, I asked her to get me some as well. I didn’t mind that it would be cold by the time I got back. Takeaway food always stands up to a good bit of re-heating anyway!

So she did. Week by week, I worked my way through the menu. It was small, with only four starters, four mains and occasionally a dessert available. And each week, she would tweak or change something to keep things fresh.

I tried their Pad Thai, which was perfectly tasty. Then I tried their curries, all of which were great. Even if the sauce had soaked into the rice by the time I got home.

And finally, I tried the dish on their menu that I was least acquainted with. Pad Kee Mao, described as a spicy, dry noodle dish, often referred to as “drunken Thai noodles”.

Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

About the dish

Of all the dishes I got from that takeaway, their Pad Kee Mao was perhaps the least impressive of all. There was nothing wrong with it. It was absolutely worth the money. But it lacked a certain something that the other dishes had. Maybe a little sweetness, a little complexity, even a little spice.

Pad Kee Mao is, you see, an incredibly simple dish. Made with wide rice noodles, fish sauce, soy sauce, palm sugar, a protein and whatever you have lying around, the dish can be whatever you want it to be.

Now that can be what makes it great and it can be what makes it not-so-great. My take on their takeaway version is that it got a little lost in the shuffle. Surrounded by so many of the best defined Thai dishes of all, its own uniqueness was not as well emphasised as perhaps it could have been.

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About this Thai Pad Kee Mao | Drunken Thai Noodles Recipe

Really, I think the main thing that a good Pad Kee Mao needs is a good whack of sauce. Without it, the dish can be dry and dull. So we’re going to use lots of fish sauce, lots of soy sauce, and lots of palm sugar.

I emphasise the latter because the dish is going to contain quite a lot of chilli. Sugar is makes chilli sing. Without it, a dish can be monotone as the chilli simply cries out in an empty room. With sugar, chilli seems to echo. You taste it more deeply and for longer.

I actually used a mix of breast and leg in the pictures I’ve posted here. But for the sake of this recipe, we’re going to use just the leg meat. Chicken leg tends to withstand direct cooking better than chicken breast. And I really don’t want to run the risk of dry chicken ruining our beautiful drunken Thai noodles!

Other than that, a little shallot, a little spring onion, a little garlic and a few handfuls of kale. Or whatever you have lying around. That’s the point!

Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles
Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

Things to remember!

  • Get everything ready beforehand and you’ll have a really easy time! There’s absolutely nothing complicated about cooking Pad Kee Mao, so a little bit of prep goes a long way.
  • The sauce is very simple, so feel free to play around. I’m using roughly a 1:1:1 ratio of ingredients here, because it’s a nice base from which to start, but you can feel free to do whatever you like. Fish sauce and soy sauce are both quite salty, so that might be a bit much for some. I like salt; if you don’t like salt, feel free to tone it down a little.
  • Pad Kee Mao is ideally made with super-wide rice noodles. The noodles I’ve used in the pictures here are still very tasty, but you could definitely go further if you’re willing to go out and find them!
  • As with the sauce, the amount of chilli you use is up to you. Pad Kee Mao is considered to be quite a spicy dish. So for authenticity’s sake, you might want to bear that in mind. But ultimately, it’s about cooking what you want to eat.
Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles
Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Drunken Thai Noodles

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References

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Delicious Thai Pad Kee Mao Recipe | Thai Drunken Noodles

This is a recipe for Pad Khee Mao, aka “drunken Thai noodles“, so called because they are considered to be the perfect dish for drunken or hungover tourists to chow down on and sober up!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • Chicken Legs
  • Wide Rice Noodles
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Chillies ideally Thai chillies red or green
  • Kale
  • Spring Onion

Sauce

  • Fish Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Palm Sugar or caster sugar

Seasoning

  • Lime Juice

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Cut one round of palm sugar in half and dice it up. If you’re using granulated palm sugar, I would estimate 3 tsp.
  • Peel and finely dice 1/2 shallot, 2 cloves garlic and however many chillies you like, then grind them into a paste in the pestle and mortar and set aside separately.
  • Add 2 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp soy sauce to the pestle and mortar, followed by the palm sugar.
  • Grind the three ingredients together. The palm sugar should dissolve very quickly.
  • Dice your chicken into bite size pieces and marinade in the sauce.
  • Soak the noodles in hot water for a few minutes until soft, then remove them and submerge in cold water.
  • Set aside a cup or two of kale, remembering that it will wilt down.
  • Julienne 4 or 5 spring onions, removing the base and any looser bits at the top.
  • Heat an oiled pan to medium high and drain your noodles.

Cook

  • Remove the chicken from the sauce, allowing the excess to drain back into the container, then add the chicken to the pan and cook until the outside begins to colour.
  • Add the kale, followed by the ground shallots, garlic, chilli and the sauce.
  • Cook for five minutes and then add the spring onions.
  • Finally, add the noodles, toss them with everything and mix them in with the sauce.

Serve

  • Serve, seasoning with a good hit of lime juice and some additional fish sauce if required.
Keyword Authentic Thai Green Curry, butter chicken, Chicken Dish, Drunken Thai Noodles, noodles, Pad Kee Mao, Thai Cuisine, Thai Food

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