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Drunkards Noodles (Gkuay Dtiow Pad Khee Mao)

shantihhh's picture
Savoury comfort noodle dish is perfect for any time of the day.
  Rice noodles 8 Ounce
  Shelled shrimp 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chicken breasts 2
  Firm tofu 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped garlic 1 Tablespoon
  Shallot 1
  Sweet red pepper 1⁄2
  Red onion 1⁄2 Medium
  Cubed cabbage 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Tomato 1
  Eggs 2
  White pepper To Taste
  Oyster sauce 2 Tablespoon
  White rice vinegar/Black vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Fish sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Date sugar/White sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Lime juice 1 Tablespoon
  Ground chilies/Sambol olek - ground chile in jar 1 Teaspoon
  Bean sprouts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Thai chilies 8
  Cilantro 1 Tablespoon
  Green onions 2
  Thai basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Pickled garlic bulb 1
  Thai dragon chiles 4
  Toasted chopped peanuts 1 Tablespoon


Heat wok to smoking, add oil and swirl.

Then fry shallots and garlic quickly, do not brown. Add chicken breast and brown, add veggies, scoop onto sides of wok, add eggs; cook, then flip over and shred in long ribbons. Add everything else.

If you don't have a wok or are uncomfortable with the speed required, I would suggest cooking your ingredients before hand then just add them all at one time to the noodles and sauce ingredients. Toss in the bean sprouts, tomatoes, and basil at the end toss to warm, don't over cook them.

If desired, the tofu can be marinated in some dark soy to which a couple
of sliced chilies are added. Also, there is a tofu available that is already flavored and kind of dry that is very tasty in this dish, but cut into smaller dice.

The fried noodles, sliced green onions, toasted chopped peanuts, a little coriander, basil leaves, and the pickled garlic are then added as a garnish.

* Sen Yai /Rice noodles: You can find these fresh in Oriental markets - don't put them in the refrigerator or they harden and you will go crazy trying to separate them. They also go sour if not used within a day. They are also available packaged dry - I always keep a package of the widest dry rice noodles handy for a quick Drunkards' Noodle fix.

**I much prefer using only Thai Bird chiles and Thai Dragons in this and all Thai cooking, but in some areas it is difficult to find these. Serranos can be substituted. I am in California and Thai chiles are available fresh year round. I grow them myself all year round by bringing the potted chile plants inside from about Dec. to March. I normally would use more chiles than suggested in the recipe, but start here and work up to your taste tolerance! Remember Capsicums are addictive - the more you eat, the more you want, and the more you eat, the hotter you want.

*** Fish sauce cooks out quickly and always needs to be added at the end. I prefer Golden Boy Brand Thai Fish Sauce.

Copyright: Global Access ltd, 1998

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Stir Fried
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
I learned to make this dish several years ago from a chef friend, Kei who is from the Laos-Thai border region which is known as Issan in Thailand. Issan is in the North East Plains area of Thailand, and the cuisine has a commonality between the people of Thailand and Laos as they have traveled freely for centuries between the two countries. The language of this region is a bit different than the typical Bangkok Thai. For instance, hello is sawadee in Bangkok, and Sawabee in Issan. This tasty and very quick dish is especially popular with men after a night of partying and drinking which often includes Singha or Laos Beer and or Mekong wiskey which is frighteningly smooth. Afterward, they gather at a noodle stall and order up Drunkards Noodles. Our family loves this as an easy lunch or dinner.

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lunalovefood's picture
thats a neat recipe on drunkards' noodles, and yeah thanks for sharing the not to refrigerate rice noodles tip - i too stored it in the refrigerator once and was in a mess separing it (that was a last minute prep.. imagine the amount of tension which would have brewed up then!!)
shantihhh's picture
another tip is to use defrost mode ibn microwave for a few seconds to soften the rice noodles to enable separating them easier
ifoodiee's picture
i love the way the dish seems to have gotten its name from drunkard having them in the night!!:-)!..wonderful recipe by the way, but I am not too fond of tofu..guess i can substitute that with cottage cheese(paneer)..
shantihhh's picture
Paneer will work great! It is often a dish enjoyed by many after a long late night of drinking especially on sois in Bangkok by lads. VBG I make it just for us at home as a light dinner. Shanti/Mary-Anne
aparna.priya's picture
the name Drunkard's noodle itself is very interesting! However, i prefer to use paneer instead of tofu and egg whites rather than eggs. I believe, that won't make any difference in the taste of the recipe...
HotChef's picture
This recipe is perfect just as eaten at hawker stalls in Bangkok thx
mohan's picture
How do you make toffu?
Anonymous's picture
Tofu is actually made from soya bean. Here is some tofu related recipes from the site itself -
Drunkards Noodles (Gkuay Dtiow Pad Khee Mao) Recipe