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Easy Thai Drunken Noodles - Pad Kee Mao

Thai Drunken Noodles, aka Pad Kee Mao. Savoury, flavourful noodles coated in a soy and oyster-based sauce with tender chicken thigh and crunchy gai-lan accented with the lovely aroma of holy basil. Ready in 25 minutes or less and fantastic for dinner or lunch. These noodles do not contain alcohol despite the name.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine thai
Servings 2 large servings
Calories per serving 604 kcal


  • 200 grams dried wide flat rice noodle
  • 150 grams boneless skinless chicken thighs sliced thinly
  • 175 grams Chinese broccoli aka Gai-Lan chopped into 1 inch long pieces
  • 1 large red chili pepper chopped
  • ½ cup holy basil (or sub with Thai basil or Italian Basil)
  • 3 cloves garlic or 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp water

Noodle sauce:


  • First soak dried rice noodles in hot (not boiling) water for 5 minutes as you prepare the rest of ingredients. Once they have soaked, strain the water and rinse under cold water leaving them to strain again. Peel apart any noodles that have clumped together.
  • In a bowl, combine noodle sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a mortar and pestle or food processor, grind garlic and chopped red chili into a chunky paste.
  • As your pan gradually warms to medium high heat, add oil into hot wok followed by chili garlic paste and cook for 20-30 seconds. Do not burn. Careful not to inhale the smoke as it can cause a coughing fit.
  • Add in sliced chicken thighs and spread apart quickly. Fry until 80% cooked.
  • Throw in rice noodles and noodle sauce. GENTLY mix just until noodles are coated in sauce.
  • Add water and gai-lan. Stir fry until gai-lan has wilted.
  • Lastly throw in basil and give it one final mix. Serve hot and enjoy!
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Suggested Equipment & Products

Non-stick wok
Measuring Set
Cutting Board
Santoku Knife
mortar and pestle
Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 2005mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine thai
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