Pad Kee Mao

Translation: Drunkard's Noodles

Alternate Spellings: Pad Ki Mao, Phad Kee Mao, Phat Kee Mao

Cuisine: Thai

Recipe Type: Main Dish

Average User Rating: 1.75 / 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

For sauce:
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.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

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I've been driving 60 miles to buy 6 dollars worth of Drunkard noodles, they're that good. This recipe is spot on but I'd lower the thai chiles to 1, they really are killers. My local Asian market had all the herbs and sauces and was extremely low-priced.

Recipe Rating: 4 Stars

User: Geoff
From: Crestline, USA
5:40 am

I have just accidentally come across your page, I really like what I\'m reading. I\'m definitely going to try some of your recipes when I have some time.

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Sufia
9:30 am

Vegetarian Pad Kee Mao Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.75 / 5 - 2 Ratings, 2 Reviews