Drunken Noodles (pad kee mao)
Last week we were dining at a Thai restaurant in Sevierville Tennessee. The restaurant was called ” Thai Basil” I know what you are thinking Thai food in Tennessee what we’re you thinking right? But the Food was very good and the service was excellent. We were on vacation in Pigeon Forge TN and need a break from the food around us. I really wanted to stay away from eating any kind of Asian food in Tennessee basically because I feared the worse Asian food ever, but I caved in on the last day we were there because I couldn’t take anymore southern comfort food. Southern comfort food is more like comfort my big fat thighs. As much as people love their fried chicken and biscuits I can’t do that all the time. I needed me some good Asian food and Thai Basil was my answer and I thanked my husband for suggesting it.
At Thai Basil we ordered the typical Thai specials, panang curry with chicken, pad thai chicken, pad see ew and we ordered the drunken noodles. I loved their drunken noodles it was full of flavor and color with the bell peppers and onions and noodles. I asked the owner how his Mama made the dish but it was a secret. But I got a few hints how it was made and so I took a crack at it.
A lot of ingredients involved in the whole dish but I felt i came to a close second to the dish. Thai Basil beat on flavor and color. But as a person who isn’t Thai I gave it a good shot and would work on mastering this dish again.
My version of ” Drunken Noodles”
4 packages of prepared ramen noodles ( cooked and water drained)
1 small red bell pepper sliced
1 small green bell pepper slice
1 yellow onion sliced
Fresh Garlic minced
Ginger thinly sliced
( about 1-2 tsp of each roughly)
light soy sauce
dark soy sauce
You can always add chicken or beef to this dish but I made mine vegetarian because it’s just easier. I don’t remember what type of meat was in the drunken noodles when we ordered.
Procedure: Step 1 – Make sure your ramen noodles or whatever noodle you decided to use . My suggestion is a quick and ready to cook noodles is best. This is suppose to be hassle free dish almost like a fried rice version with noodles.
Step 2 – Heat up a wok on medium high heat and hopefully if you have all your vegetables sliced if not get those thing prepared now. Add a little cooking oil to the wok and allow it to heat it up it takes no more than than 1 minute.
Step 3 – Turn heat up on high and stir-fry the veggies all of them onions, bell peppers you can add other veggies too like celery or thinly sliced carrots. If using meat you have to cook meat first before the vegetables. At this time add the minced garlic and ginger.
Step 4- After the veggies have been cooked add the noodles and sprinkle in the soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce and hoisin sauce a little at a time and taste it over and over until the flavor suits you. Turn off Eat and serve it up.