Drunken noodles

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Drunken noodles
Sen yai phat khi mao.jpg
A plate of drunken noodles in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Type Noodle
Place of origin Thailand and Laos
Region or state Thailand
Main ingredients Shahe fen, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, meat, seafood or tofu, bean sprouts or other vegetables, Chili, holy basil
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Drunken noodles (or pad kee mao, less frequently pad ki mao or pad kimao /ˌpæd k ˈm/;[1] Thai: ผัดขี้เมา, RTGSphat khi mao,  [pʰàt kʰîː māw]; Lao: ຜັດຂີ້ເມົາ) is a stir fried noodle dish very similar to phat si-io, but with a slightly different flavor profile. In Thai, khi mao means drunkard. It is normally made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, meat, seafood,[2] chili, fresh black pepper pods and holy basil, which give rise to its distinctive spiciness. "Drunken fried rice" or khao phat khi mao is a similar dish.

Several theories exist on the naming of this dish. One states its origins stem from the use of rice wine in preparing this dish, but no alcohol is added in any of the original Thai recipes. Another supposes that it was devised by someone who came home drunk and made something to eat with available ingredients. Another slight variation describes using what remained in their fridge to cook a side dish for their alcohol drinking. In that vein, a more apt name might be "drunkard's noodles."[3]


See also


  1. ^ "pad kee mao". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  2. ^ "Not-So-Famous Thai Noodle Dishes". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  3. ^ "Drunkard's Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)". Shesimmers.com. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
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