|Place of origin||Laos and Thailand|
|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|
|Cookbook:Drunken noodles Drunken noodles|
Drunken noodles (or pad kee mao, less frequently pad ki mao or pad kimao, Lao: ຜັດຂີ້ເມົາ; Thai: ผัดขี้เมา, RTGS: phat khi mao, [pʰàt kʰîːmaw]) is a Chinese-influenced dish that was made popular by the Chinese people living in Laos and Thailand. In Thai khi mao means drunkard. It is a stir fried noodle dish very similar to phat si io, but with a slightly different flavor profile. It is normally made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, meat, seafood or tofu, bean sprouts or other vegetables, and various seasonings. Chili, unripe drupes pepper and holy basil 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 that it is because of the use of rice wine in preparing this dish, but no alcohol is added in any of the original Thai recipes. Another states that it was devised by someone who came home drunk but still wanted something to eat that could be made easily with whatever ingredients were available. Or someone used what remained in their fridge to cook a side dish for their alcohol drinking. As such it should actually be renamed "drunkard's noodles." Yet another theory states that this dish is so spicy that one needs to drink beer to temper the heat.
A modern Thai fusion version with spaghetti
- Michael Babcock. Thai Noodles – An Amazing Variety. 15 August 2012.
- "Sea Food Drunken Noodles / ก๋วยเตี๋ยวผัดขี้เมาทะเล (Guay Dtiaao Pad Khee Mao TaLe)". Thai Kitchen TV. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "500 Tasty Sandwiches - So f*#king sick of turkey". 500sandwiches.com. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
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