Drunken Noodles
© Con Poulos

Drunken Noodles


This fast (and almost vegetarian) Thai rice noodle dish is dressed with a deliciously savory, spicy sauce and tossed with crispy tofu.

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  1. Vegetable oil
  2. 7 ounces firm tofu, cubed and dried
  3. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  4. 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted red chile paste
  7. 1 teaspoon black soy sauce or 3/4 teaspoon soy sauce sweetened with 1/4 teaspoon molasses
  8. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  9. 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  10. 1/2 large jalapeño, seeded and sliced
  11. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  12. 1 red Thai bird chile, minced
  13. 1/2 pound pad thai rice noodles, cooked and cut in half crosswise
  14. Thai basil leaves
  15. Lime wedges, for serving
  1. In a nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil. Add the tofu and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until crisp, 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the stock, oyster sauce, fish sauce, chile paste, soy sauce and sugar.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic and Thai chile and stir-fry over high heat until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the noodles and stir-fry until browned, 4 minutes. Add the sauce and toss over moderately high heat, until absorbed. Fold in 1 cup of basil and the tofu. Garnish with more basil and serve with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

For super-fiery dishes like these noodles, try a moderately sweet German Riesling to help mitigate the heat.