Drunken Noodles

As the name suggests, drunken noodles are not only great for hangovers but also a favorite meal for many. These noodles are also known as Pad Kee Mao. Originally from Thailand, this dish has grown to be popular all over the world. In Thai “Khi” or “Kee” mean drunkard. There is a story of a drunk man who made this dish from ingredients he had in his kitchen as a hangover dish.

 In this recipe, you will learn how to make this delicious original dish in a few simple steps.


Drunken noodles or Pad Khi Mao can be made using simple kitchen tools and easily available ingredients. The preparation time for this dish is 10 minutes for prep, 15 minutes of cook-time, and an additional 30 minutes. This recipe is for 4 servings. Quantity can be adjusted as per requirement.


1.Rice noodles1 packet (16 ounce)
2.Oyster sauce6 tablespoons
3.Sugar3 tablespoons
4.Rice vinegar3 tablespoons
5.Fresh lime juice3 tablespoons
6.Canola oil1 tablespoon or more as needed
7.Sliced onion1
8.Chopped bulb shallot1
9.Minced garlic3 cloves
10.Thinly sliced boneless chicken1 pound
11.Sliced bell pepper1
12.Beaten egg1 egg
13.Leaves removed and torn fresh basil2 sprigs


Step 1.

Take a medium-sized bowl and fill it with hot water. Place the rice noodles in the hot water and separate the noodles with the help of a fork or your hands. Let the noodles soak in until they become soft for about 45 minutes.

Step 2.

Place rice noodles in a bowl and fill with hot water, separating the noodles with a fork or your hands; soak until softened, about 45 minutes.

Step 3.

In a bowl, add oyster sauce, white sugar, vinegar, and lime juice and whisk together until it forms a smooth sauce.

Step 4.

In a wok or a large skillet, pour enough oil to coat the bottom and turn to medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, shallot, and garlic in hot oil for 2-3 minutes and stir until it is fragrant and slightly softened. Add your chicken and bell pepper and cook until the chicken is cooked, for 5-7 minutes. Set aside in a separate bowl

Step 5.

In the wok, pour your egg. Let it cook until it is slightly set and flip it. Cook until the egg is set. Break the egg apart with a fork and add the same into the chicken mixture.

Step 6.

Add the sauce into the chicken mixture, add in the noodles and cook and stir well for 2-3 minutes.

Your delicious drunken noodles are ready to be served.

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