Pad Kee Mao
Translation: Drunkard's Noodles
Alternate Spellings: Pad Ki Mao, Phad Kee Mao, Phat Kee Mao
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Average User Rating: 2.6 / 5
Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan
Also known as "Drunken Noodles" or "Drunkard's Noodles" - most likely because of the "late night snack" status of this dish in Thailand This is probably my favorite Thai dish (and no, it's not because I'm a drunkard, but it helps...). It's wonderful with seafood, but in my opinion, better as a vegetarian dish, if done right.
2 TB oil, divided
14 oz. wide, flat rice noodles
2 TB garlic, chopped
1 TB shallots, chopped
2 Thai chiles, chopped (optional)
1 medium onion
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 cup Thai basil leaves (preferably "ka prao" Thai basil)
Cilantro, for garnish
Tomato wedges, for garnish
Cucumber slices, for garnish
Green onions, chopped, for garnish
1/4 cup mushroom-flavored Thai soy sauce
1/8 cup Golden Mountain sauce
1/8 cup vegetarian oyster sauce
2 TB palm sugar
2 TB rice vinegar
1 TB roasted chili paste (nam prik pao)
1/8 tsp. white or black pepper
Soak noodles for 30-40 minutes in hot water until tender but not completely soft. Drain and toss with 1 TB oil. Fry garlic, shallots, chiles, and cilantro root in remaining oil for 30 seconds. Add onion and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Mix sauce ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves. Add noodles, sauce, and basil to wok, and stir until basil is wilted and sauce is absorbed by noodles. Remove from wok and garnish with cilantro, tomato wedge, and cucumber slices.
Submitted By: Chris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
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