Pad Kee Mao

Pad Kee Mao

Which Rice Noodles Should I Use?

For this recipe, look for dried noodles labeled “extra-wide” or “wide” or “XL” or “1cm”. I have used these noodles from Amazon and our local Asian grocery store carries a number of options, like this. The dried noodles measure 1cm or 3/8″ wide. (Source: www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com)

Why Use Different Types of Soy Sauce?

This recipe uses a combination of both dark soy sauce and light soy sauce, for a lovely balance of flavor, salt content, and color. But if you can’t find them, just substitute your favorite all purpose soy sauce. 

But Wait, Where Can I Get Vegan Fish Sauce?

thefoodietakesflight.com)This is actually a question I asked myself often and couldn’t find that answer to so I just opt to make my own vegan fish sauce from scratch! Making some from scratch is really simple and you’ll need a few really basic ingredients. It of course won’t taste exactly like real fish sauce because it doesn’t use any fish but I love the additional layer of flavour my homemade version gives to this dish. (Source:

What Rice Noodles Do I Use?

I highly suggest using the thickest rice stick or noodles you can find in your local supermarket, asian store, or online! Mine were 10mm thick and are not the same as what you’d use for Pad Thai (which usually use 3 to 5 mm thick rice noodles) (Source: thefoodietakesflight.com)

How to Prepare Rice Stick or Noodles:

The thing with rice noodles is that soaking them in boiling hot or hot water will do the trick. This way, they won’t overcook! You don’t need to boil them in a separate pot of water so you can save up on the extra pot to clean up later one. 

So Which Basil Should I Use?

This comes down to which type of basil you have access to, but if you have access to Holy Basil, I highly suggest using it over Thai Basil! I used a mix of both because I didn’t have enough holy basil. (Source: thefoodietakesflight.com)

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Drunken Noodles (pad Kee Mao

With a name like drunken noodles, you might be wondering if they’re loaded up with alcohol. However, in this Thai dish, rice noodles, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, and chili are what gives it the flavors you’ll soon come to love. The name comes from the fact that very often, this dish is the go-to snack after a night of drinking. (Source: omnivorescookbook.com)



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