The Best Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao Recipe) {ever}

By: Prasanna| Published: 6:22:00 AM

These easy, spicy,Thai Drunken Noodles recipe also known as Pad Kee Mao Recipe, is the best for weekend or even when you crave for spicy food- soft,flat rice noodles stir fried along with soft juicy chicken,scrambled eggs,carrot sticks,scallions,baby corn all cooked in spicy sauce mix.Try this amazingly easy recipe of drunken noodles or pad kee mao noodles, which will fix your spicy noodle cravings under 30 mins! These are the BEST spicy thai drunken noodles you will ever make!

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Even if the recipe name says "Drunken Noodles" but this Thai Drunken Noodles does not call for any alcohol to be added! 

Yes when I had first tasted this dish ,I was a bit skeptical as to why the dish is called Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) but when I read the ingredients I came to know that the name is Drunken but the ingredients do not call for any alcohol.

The name of the dish is based on different stories associated with the origin of the dish!

This Drunken Noodles recipe is very spicy and easy to put together in under 30 mins! 

The ingredients are very basic too and should be readily available in your pantry if you cook Thai / Chinese food frequently.

Why do they call them Drunken Noodles (it's Origin)?

In Thailand this dish is popular and is available on almost all restaurant menu's plus now its popularity is getting it more fans across the world too.

Here is the information about this dish from Wikipedia and its origin,also the stories behind the name of the dish:

Drunken noodles (or pad kee mao, less frequently pad ki mao or pad kimao ) is a stir fried noodle dish very similar to phat si-io, but with a slightly different flavor profile.

In Thai, khi mao means drunkard. It is normally made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, meat, seafood,chili, fresh black pepper pods and holy basil, which give rise to its distinctive spiciness. 

"Drunken fried rice" or khao phat khi mao is a similar dish.

What makes these Pad Kee Mao Noodles / Drunken Noodles drunken?

Stories behind it's origin(From Wikipedia):
Several theories exist on the naming of this dish. One states its origins stem from the use of rice wine in preparing this dish, but no alcohol is added in any of the original Thai recipes. 

Another supposes that it was devised by someone who came home drunk and made something to eat with available ingredients. 

Another slight variation describes using what remained in their fridge to cook a side dish for their alcohol drinking. In that vein, a more apt name might be "drunkard's noodles."

A bowl served with spicy easy thai Drunken Noodles

Thai Drunken Noodles

What is the difference between Phat Si Ew and Pad Kee Mao?

This Thai Drunken Noodles got more popularity in Thailand, after some Chinese immigrants crossed the borders in surrounding countries and started to sell a Chinese influenced stir-fried noodle dish called "Phat Si Io/ Phat See Ew".

In Thailand the dish got slightly changed to get a very good flavor and spiciness to this dish by adding Thai Basil leaves and Thai Red Chili Peppers.

What are the Ingredients used to make Thai Drunken Noodles Recipe?

  • Flat Rice Noodles:  The noodles used in this recipe is Broad Flat Rice noodles. If you do not find them handy in stores near you then you can use any other rice noodles or any other noodles of your choice.

  • Thai Basil:  Thai Basil is added to this dish to add that extra flavor which makes it so unique and different from Phat See Ew. 

  • Thai Chili Peppers: The spice in this dish is from Thai Chili Peppers. You can tolerate heat then go ahead and use these in good amount but if you cant handle heat then better skip it or use maybe just 1 chili pepper .

  • Chicken: I have use Chicken Breast meat but you can also use Thigh meat. That is more juicy and flavorful. Breast meat is normally tends to get dry when cooked in stir fry dishes.

       Always go for tenderizing the chicken or velveting the               chicken. In most cooking styles this done by applying               Baking Soda to make the chicken soft and juicy.

      I have made this step by skipping soda but instead                    marinate the chicken with soy sauce and cornstarch.

  • Eggs: In this recipe the eggs are not scrambled and then added to the dish like mostly done in fried rice or other noodle recipes.

      Here break an egg directly into the pan and then after a            gap of few seconds stir all the vegetables along with                    noodles,along with egg to coat the noodles well.

  • Veggies of your choice: I have used Carrot, Red Onion, Scallion and Baby Corn(as this was in my refrigerator for few days) .You can use any vegetables of your choice, possible choices could  be:

      Bell Peppers sliced
      Snow Peas
      Cabbage Sliced

  • Drunken Noodle Sauce:  The sauce calls for a mix of Sriracha, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oyster Sauce,Soy Sauce,Fish Sauce and Brown Sugar.

A bowl with delicious Thai drunken noodles

Drunken Noodle Sauce

The sauce used in Pad Kee Mao noodles  calls for these ingredients:

Honey / Brown Sugar


Rice Wine Vinegar

Oyster Sauce/ Hoisin Sauce

Light and Dark Soy sauce

Fish Sauce


A close view of pan with spicy drunken noodles with eggs,chicken and vegetables

How to make Pad Kee Mao :

Step1:  Firstly prep the flat rice noodles for the dish. Here normally the rice noodles do not need cooking. Follow the package instructions.

I had soaked the flat rice noodles in hot water  for 15 mins. Then drained and tossed with some oil.Keep it aside.

Step2:  Next in a mixing bowl add all the ingredients for the sauce mix. Mix well and keep this aside.

Steps to make rice  noodles and sauce mix

Step3:  In another bowl, add the chicken pieces with soy sauce and cornstarch. Mix well.

Do not add any water. 

Step4:  Heat the pan with little oil and with help of fork or pair of tongs add all the pieces to the pan. Stir fry immediately till cooked.

Do not use if any marinade left,discard it.

How to tenderize chicken velveting the chicken

Step5:  Move the chicken pieces to one side of the pan,add little more oil and add ginger and garlic.

Fry till fragrant. Do not burn them.

Step6:  Next add the veggies and again fry them further till slightly crisp.

How to make Thai Drunken Noodles

Step7:  Next add the Thai chili peppers chopped and mix once.

Step8:  Next add the noodles and pour the sauce mix .

Steps to make spicy thai drunken noodles

Mix everything well. Move everything to a side of the pan.

Step9:  Break an egg into the pan and let it sit for 5 seconds. Keep the heat on medium throughout.

Do not stir the noodles much as they tend to break.

Quickly get all the noodle,chicken and veggies mix over the egg and mix well. Here do not scramble the egg and add to the noodles.

Step10:  Add spring onion cut long and  Thai basil leaves.

Mix well and serve immediately.

How to make spicy drunken noodles

The Best Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao Recipe) {ever}

Savory Bites Recipes
Published 04/12/2019
Easy Drunken Noodles
These Easy, Spicy,Thai Pad Kee Mao recipe is the best for weekend or even when you crave for spicy food- Soft,flat rice noodles stir fried along with soft juicy chicken,scrambled eggs,carrot sticks,scallions,baby corn all cooked in spicy sauce mix.Try this amazingly easy recipe which will fix your spicy noodle cravings under 30 mins!


  • 7 oz / 200 grams Thai Flat Rice Noodles
  • For Sauce Mix:
  • 1.5 Tbsp Honey / Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce (Use Low Sodium Soy Sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce (Use Low Sodium Soy Sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Water
  • For Velveting the chicken:
  • 1 Cup Chicken Breast /Thigh meat,cut into small strips
  • As per need Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Cornstarch
  • Additional:
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger,minced
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic,minced
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion,sliced
  • 2 Sprigs Scallions / Spring Onions,2 Inch long cut
  • 1/4 Cup Carrot sticks
  • 1/4 Cup Babycorn,cut lengthwise
  • 2-3 Thai Chili Peppers,sliced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Thai Basil Leaves


  1. Prep the noodles as per package instructions.
    I have soaked the noodles in hot water for 15 mins,then drained and tossed with little oil.
    Keep this aside.
  2. In a bowl add the ingredients for the sauce mix.
    Mix well and keep aside.
  3. In a separate bowl add the chicken,soy sauce,cornstarch,salt and toss well to coat well.
    Heat a pan with 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil and 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil.
    When hot add the chicken pieces with fork and discard the marinade.
    Stir fry quickly till chicken is cooked well.
  4. Add another 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil to the pan.
  5. Move the chicken pieces to one side of the pan.
    Add ginger and garlic,fry till fragrant.
    Do not burn these or final dish will be bitter.
  6. Add the veggies(carrot,red onion,babycorn) fry further.
    Move this again to the side of the pan.
  7. Add the thai chili peppers and mix well.
    Add noodles and sauce mix.
    Mix well once till everything is coated well.
    Do not stir the noodles much or they will break.
  8. Move this to one side of the pan, break an egg into the pan.
    Wait for 5-8 seconds and then mix everything well.
    Do not scramble the egg,rather mix everything well to coat the noodles.
  9. Add the spring onion long cut and thai basil leaves.
  10. Adjust salt and sugar level.
    Toss once or twice and serve immediately.
Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 00:15:00 mins.
Cook time: 00:15:00 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: thai noodles,thai food,drunken noodles

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    1. Absolutely delicious and so much better than takeout!


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