Drunken Beef Noodles: 30 Minute Comfort Food

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I love Thai food and drunken noodles are an original dish from Thailand. The are also called drunk noodles, pad ki mao, or pad kimao. How and why they are called drunken noodles is a matter of controversy. Some say it’s a meal is eaten directly after a night of drinking. Others claim it’s because of the nature of the dish in tears right through the diluted pallets of people who are drunk. Where the dish actually came from is irrelevant, however. The fact of the matter is, it’s incredibly delicious, easy to make, and one of the nicest comfort foods I’ve ever had.

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Drunken Beef Noodles: 30 Minute Comfort Food

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 12 mins Cook Time 16 mins Total Time 28 mins
Servings: 1 Calories: 748
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The dish is often made up in several ways. In this recipe, it's just a matter of making up a simple sauce, soaking some noodles, frying up some beef, and putting everything together. In a matter of the 30 minutes, you have a simply delicious, mouthwatering, comfort food.



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  1. Add the noodles to a bowl and pour some very hot tap water over them. Allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes or until they're soft. Set the noodles aside.

  2. In a smaller bowl add in the oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and water. Stir until well combined.

  3. Add the oil to a wok or pan over medium high heat. Add in the onion, garlic, red bell peppers, and pepper flakes. Stir and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant.

  4. Put the beef in the pan, stir, and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until the beef is browned.

  5. Add the noodles in, then the sauce, gently toss and cook until the noodles are heated through and covered with the sauce.

  6. Garnish with basil and chives. Gently stir once again.

  7. Serve and enjoy your drunken noodles.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 748kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.97g36%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 105.98mg36%
Sodium 2087mg87%
Potassium 1022.98mg30%
Total Carbohydrate 102.02g35%
Dietary Fiber 5.58g23%
Sugars 6.3g
Protein 34g68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


As always, adjust the seasoning according to your liking. This recipe serves about four people comfortably. If you have more dinner gas, simply double the recipe.

Using hot chillies is the best. At the time of making this recipe, I didn't have them. In light of that, I just used hot chilli flakes. If you find it necessary to do this, you can adjust the Chile flakes according to your liking.

I use sirloin beef, but feel free to use the beats of your choice. You can also use other proteins such as prawns, chicken, lamb etc.

Keywords: Drunken Noodles, Ki Mao, Pad Kimao, Comfort Food, Thai Food

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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