Intrigued by that name? The Thai Drunken noodles, also locally known as pad kee mao or phat khi mao (khi mai means drunkard, in Thai) has a few legends to its name (literally). One theory states that the noodles are “drunk” because of the use of rice wine in the traditional recipe, while another claims that the drunken noodles were a meal made by someone who came home drunk and made something to eat with available ingredients, and yet another says that the ‘drunken’ is because of all the alcohol you’ll need to counter the spicy noodles. Well, whichever is true, it sure does put an interesting tag on the dish!
But theories and legends apart, what is the Thai Drunken Noodle? The noodles are a wok-fried dish that consists of flat noodles tossed in traditional Asian sauces like fish sauce and soy sauce, garlic, chili, basil, drupes pepper, and seasoning. The final result is a fiery hot and sumptuous meal loaded with veggies and/or meat. The noodles are super easy to make, follow the recipe below to whip up some delicious Thai drunken noodles at home!