Thai night

Due to Samantha’s Saturday morning soccer, I haven’t made it to H Mart for Thai supplies in a while.  Keith had a lunch meeting with a client very close to H Mart so I sent him on a fresh rice noodle mission.  It paid off with drunken noodles for dinner tonight.  This is probably my favorite Thai dish.

Drunken Noodles

  • 1 package fresh rice noodles (buy in the refrigerated section of an Asian grocery store)
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 – 3 Thai red chili peppers, chopped (choose quantity based on desired heat)
  • 1 – 2 TB vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • protein of your choice (I’m using shrimp but chicken is also good)
  • vegetables of your choice (I use broccoli which I blanch first and sliced red bell pepper – zucchini or carrots are also good options)
  • 2 TB light soy sauce
  • 3 – 4 TB dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • basil

Wrap noodles in a wet kitchen towel and microwave for 1- 2 minutes until soft. Unwrap and slice into strips. Separate noodles and place in a bowl until ready to cook.

Pound garlic and chili peppers together in a mortar and pestle or crush with a knife.

In a wok or large sauté pan, heat oil over moderate heat. Add garlic/pepper mix and sauté for about 1 minute. Add onion and stir to combine.

Add protein if desired.

Add soy sauces, fish sauce and sugar. Stir in noodles and toss well to combine. Noodles should soak up sauce and turn a light brown color – if still pale, add more soy sauce. Err on the side of adding the dark, sweet soy sauce – the other will make it too salty. Taste for flavors – should be a combination of heat, sweet, salt (add more peppers for heat, more sugar for sweet, more fish sauce or soy sauce for salt).

Stir in vegetables and cook until done. Add basil and serve.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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