Drunken Noodles

April 17th 2014

I have cooked for a few drunks in my day....and this recipe right here is a great one if you want to have a great meal to accompany beer or cocktails. Traditionally in Thailand these are served to late night patrons to help wake them back up. This dish is spicy but you can prepare it to your own liking. My favorite drunken noodles are at the the "I like Thai" cart and are all of $5, but when I don't want to drag my nearly three year old son downtown I have found a pretty close second place version that serves at least 4 other noodle munchers. I have access to many Asian markets and pick my ingredients up there, they are usually cheaper and better quality but most of these items can be found at your local supercenter du jour. After you have done your prep this dish comes together quickly, so if you do your mise en place the night before you could make this in front of your guests and even invite them to help, or just let them watch your stir fry ninja skills!
You will need:
12 oz bag rice flake noodles, soaked in lukewarm water for 10 minutes and drained.
2 Tbsp. Thick soy sauce, this is a sweeter, thick version, if you can't find this use hoison.
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. Oyster sauce
2 Tbsp. Fish sauce
1 Tbsp. Thai chili garlic oil, if you can't find this use sambal or sciracha, if you have an ulcer or can't do spicy and keep it nicey then use less or none at all, they are still good.
3 Tbsp. Peanut or Canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced.
1 shallot, sliced.
2 eggs, whipped.
1 Cup fried tofu cut into bite-sized pieces, you can omit this or use non-fried.
12 medium sized shrimp, cleaned.
1 red bell pepper cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 Cup packed fresh basil leaves.
Heat a wok or the biggest skillet you have over medium high heat, whisk Thick soy, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili oil and fish sauce together and set aside. Add peanut or canola oil to skillet and cook garlic and shallot until light brown, add eggs and scramble together, add shrimp and tofu, cook shrimp for 2 minutes then add, drained noodles, bell pepper, sauce mixture, stir fry five minutes, add basil cook two minutes or until some of the noodles are a bit crisp on the edges, serve with an ice cold lager or IPA.
Totally acceptable for those who don't indulge in alcohol as well, and you can substitute different proteins and sauce combinations, once you learn the method it is quick and easy! เพลิดเพลิน (enjoy in Thai)