Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

These Thai beef drunken noodles are the perfect take out fake out meal. PACKED full of flavor and ready in just 30 minutes! Your whole family will love these noodles. 

a large bowl full of Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

I have a confession. I love getting take out. Probably a little too much. I told Art that we need to delete Door Dash from our phone because too much take out is never a good thing. 

I especially love to order Thai food. It’s so damn good and you can get everything from fresh salads to comforting tom kha gai to spicy Thai beef drunken noodles. That’s why I knew that making these noodles at home would not only make me happy for dinner but eaten cold makes a super tasty breakfast. 

Yeah, I eat leftovers for breakfast. Don’t judge me. 

So today I’m bringing you these spicy (but not too spicy) Thai beef drunken noodles that you can make at home and will be ready in JUST 30 minutes. 

close up photo of Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

What are Thai drunken noodles?

When I first heard of these noodles I was thinking they must be cooked in some sort of Chinese wine or maybe some sort of bourbon. Well, neither is true. 

Drunken noodles (or Pad kee mao) is just a dish of broad rice noodles mixed with oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, veggies, and chilies. It’s not really known for sure how it got the name “drunken noodles” but some suggest it’s because someone came home one night after a night of drinking and in their drunk state came up with these noodles. Another theory is that the noodles are so spicy you’ll need a cold beer to quench your thirst. 

I don’t know. Both sound sorta iffy on the truth but all I know is they are delicious. 

horizontal photo of Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

What ingredients are in this Thai beef drunken noodles?

Most of the ingredients found in this recipe can easily be found in the international section of your local grocery store or in any Asian market. Of course, if you can’t find them easily you can always hit up Amazon. 

Those are the basic ingredients you’ll need to throw this dish together. I always opt to use low sodium soy sauce in the majority of my dishes since I find regular soy sauce a little too salty. If you don’t want to buy low sodium you can always do 1/2 the amount in regular soy and for the other half add water. It will help cut down on that sodium.

Oh, and the oyster sauce and fish sauce are key so don’t skimp on those! 

If you happen to live near a large Asian market you can often find fresh rice noodles but for the majority of folks, most rice noodles will be found dried. Try to find the widest noodles you can find but really any size will work fine. In a super pinch, you could even use wide pasta. It won’t be totally traditional but it will still be tasty. 

Now, I know it seems odd to thinly slice ribeye and then throw it into a stirfry BUT trust me it’s worth it! It will be slightly more expensive but it will cook up super tender and flavorful. At my local Asian market, I can find it thinly sliced right in the meat department. It makes it even easier to throw together. 

Finally, if you can find Thai basil you’ll be rewarded with the perfect little anise bite that you often find in traditional Thai food. To me, Thai basil tastes like Italian basil that has started to flower. Much heavier on the anise flavor but not overpowering. 

Cooking tips!

Don’t fear a little char on the noodles and beef. It gives it that traditional drunken noodle flavor. I like to let my noodles sit in the pan for a few seconds longer than I normally would and then stir. This helps pick up a little color without burning your noodles or vegetables. 

head on shot of Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

If you’re looking to make your noodles extra spicy you could leave the seeds in the Thai chilies or add more. The spice level can easily be controlled when you’re standing behind the wok. Or in my case, just a large high sided 12-inch skillet. 

Loving these Thai beef drunken noodles? 

Why don’t you try some of my other fake out take out dishes? 

Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

Thai Beef Drunken Noodles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Thai beef drunken noodles are the perfect take out fake out meal. PACKED full of flavor and ready in just 30 minutes! Your whole family will love these noodles.


  • 8 ounces wide rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound thinly sliced ribeye steak
  • 2-4 Thai red chilies, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, green parts only


  1. Cook rice noodles according to directions and drain. Set aside until needed.
  2. In a medium-size bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, oyster sauce, dark brown sugar, and fish sauce. Set aside until needed.
  3. In a larget high sided skillet (or wok) add olive oil and set over high heat.
  4. When the oil is hot add the beef, Thai red chilies, bell pepper, and onion.
  5. Saute quickly to help quickly cook the beef and vegetables. Move the ingredients around in the pan so they do not burn.
  6. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour in the prepared sauce and noodles.
  8. Toss to combine and continue cooking until the sauce has cooked down and starts to coat the noodles. You want a little brown on the noodles so don't be scared of some char.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in Thai basil and green onions.


  • Sliced ribeye is used because it cooks up quickly and remains tender. You want to make sure the slices are paper-thin. If you live near Asian markets you can often find it thinly sliced in packages.
  • If you cannot find Thai basil you can use Italian basil as a substitute.
  • Rice noodles can often be found in the International section of your supermarket.

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40 Responses to “Summer Bolognese”

  1. #
    Erin — June 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    This looks really yummy. I think my kids would enjoy it. They love pasta and trying to get them to eat healthier is hard to do when they are bombarded with ads all day on tv for junk food. Its quick and easy to make too for when they’re at my feet saying “Mommy I’m HUNGRYYYYYYYYYYYY” 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:20 am

      Feed those hungry kids!!! Hehe…I love little Ant and Glo:)

  2. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — June 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    This pasta does sound great for summer with zucchini and basil! Super delicious!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks! I love the added zucchini.

  3. #
    peachkins — June 16, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    wow,this pasta is healthy and delicious!Good luck with your new phone..

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:21 am

      I love that it’s a healthier lighter option for the summer. Thanks for the wishes on the phone…it’s a learning process…haha.

  4. #
    zoe — June 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I love ground turkey! Great recipe.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:22 am

      It’s really delicious and the ground turkey stays really moist and super flavorful.

  5. #
    burpexcuzme — June 16, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    hahaha, you are hilarious. I’m only 21, but I still have trouble with all the savvy technologies. I just can’t be bothered to read the manual, and there are simply too many gadgets to keep track of!
    And the pasta looks amazingly comforting and satisfying. Perfect for anytime!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:23 am

      Oh yeah manuals are not my friend. I always somehow think I can figure it out w/out the help of the manual. I’m glad you like the recipe and good luck with any savvy new gadgets that come your way:)

  6. #
    Blond Duck — June 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I’m so craving pasta for tommorow’s dinner…..this looks phenomenal! Much lighter and tastier for summer!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

      It’s great for the warm weather!

  7. #
    foodcreate — June 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    🙂 Tasteful! I love Pasta and just a great dish for the whole family!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    Welcome~~~stopby don’t be shy~~~

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

      Thanks! I’ll stop by:)

  8. #
    Blond Duck — June 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I really do adore this pasta.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

      Thank you:) I hope you enjoyed it!!!

  9. #
    Sara — June 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I love the sound of this one – I just stocked up on ground turkey, so I may try this very soon!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

      I hope you enjoy it!

  10. #
    Reeni — June 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    This looks so delicious. The wine sauce sounds so good with all that fresh basil. I just got a new phone too and I don’t even know how to set up my voice-mail! I don’t even use half of the stuff on there, but I guess it’s nice to have internet on your phone, just in case your stuck somewhere and bored or something!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:30 am

      Hahaha it sounds like we are in the same boat as far as new techy phones go:) Good luck on your voice-mail and I hope you figure our your new phone (I hope the same for me too….lol). Oh and the internet on the phone is a great thing for when I’m bored and waiting in the car…how did I ever like without it???

  11. #
    nora@ffr — June 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

    hmm ye pasta sound delish and healthy.. m sure gonna try this out for dinner.. btw good luck with ye new phone 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2009 @ 10:31 am


  12. #
    Aimee — June 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Oh YUM! I’m a pasta freak and summer pastas are the best! I hear you about the cell phone, i can’t operate my husbands, so there’s no chance of ever getting my own.

  13. #
    foodcreate — June 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I love pasta in the summer time and your looks so good!

    Good Luck with your Cell phone! take it to one of guys in the store.

  14. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Mmm… your pasta looks so delicious. Good luck with the cell phone! I used to be horrible with cell phones, but I recently got an iPhone… Now I’m addicted!

  15. #
    mrssnell — June 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

    In not too long a time, I’m going to have fresh produce to work with from local (including my own) harvest. I am so going to try this recipe. I’m certain my whole family will absolutely love it! It’s a great one for me, too, since I can’t eat red meat.

    Thanks bunches!

  16. #
    krissy @ the food addicts — June 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    your recipe sounds great – i am a huge fan of pasta, so anything new is fascinating! also, great point on the cell phones & technology these days. i’m only 27 too and i dont even bother to learn everything on my blackberry… and they keep coming out with new ones that are even more confusing and complicated!!! imagine what it would be like when we’re 50?!

  17. #
    Carrie — July 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    This looks absolutely delish! Will have to try it very soon.

  18. #
    Susan — July 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Wow. This looks SO good & I believe I can use what I have on hand to make it, thus allowing it into the Pantry Raid Challenge! Thanks a bunch!

    Also, I am glad I finally looked around long enough to see a picture of you. Around here, Nanny is a common name for Grandma, so I kept picturing you as an old lady! 🙂 Too cute you are!

  19. #
    Alyssa | EverydayMaven — August 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful! You are inspiring me. I have SO MANY to update and have been procrastinating hard.

  20. #
    Delaney | Melanie Makes — August 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I want to have this for dinner tonight!

  21. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — August 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    What a delicious way to use some fresh garden veggies!

  22. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — August 22, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Awesome update on those pics and this is such great comfort food!

  23. #
    Michelle Goth — August 23, 2017 at 3:25 am

    You’re right, it definitely packs in the flavors of summer. Gorgeous photos!

  24. #
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama — August 23, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Your updated photos are gorgeous! I am definitely going to have to whip up this bolognese before summer’s end. Looks delicious! 🙂

  25. #
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling — August 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    What a DELICIOUS plate of food! I want it for dinner tonight!

  26. #
    Sabrina — August 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    love bolognese and this is a nice version, thank you! Bolognese is a nice respite from the tomato-y Italian dishes that are more common, at least in my experience, so love this!

  27. #
    Janine — July 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    This recipe looks great. I recently had to give up tomatoes for the acidity. Any suggestion of something else I can try in the place of tomatoes? Thanks.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 6th, 2019 @ 8:59 pm

      Hi Janine – honestly I’m not sure what you could use in place of tomatoes. You can always add more vegetables but the tomatoes do add a little moisture to the recipe. You could try and find lower acid tomatoes to use in the recipe. Thanks!

  28. #
    luxuretv — November 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Angry Italian mode: ON Why call it Bolognese? There is no such thing as “light Ragu”, or Ragu with spaghetti Angry Italian mode: OFF Looks very summery and delicious, looking forward to try it

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