Pad Kee Mao - Drunken Noodles
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Recipe type: Entree
Kitchen Type: Back Country
Serves: 4
For the Marinade
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons roasted red chile paste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
For the Main Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 lb chicken thigh, sliced thin
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup, carrot, finely sliced
  • 1 large jalapeƱo, seeded and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red Thai bird chile, minced
  • ½ pound pad thai rice noodles, cooked and cut in half crosswise
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves
Optional Additions
  • Broccoli florets
  • Napa cabbage
  • Tofu
  • Shrimp
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Add thin sliced chicken and marinate for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes drain chicken reserving the marinade.
  2. In a large wok over medium high heat, melt coconut oil. Once melted add minced garlic, chili and jalapeno pepper. Saute for 30 seconds or until garlic is very fragrant stirring constantly. Add the pork and a splash of the sauce. Cook, stirring to break up the meat, until the pork is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, cook for a further 5 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Turn wok to high and add red pepper, onion and carrot. Cook for 3-5 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Finally, add noodles, any optional ingredients, Thai basil and the remaining sauce. Cook, tossing everything together until the noodles have absorbed the sauce.
Back Country Preparation

I resisted even trying to make this dish for the back country for a long time. Other rice noodle recipes I tried never turned out and I didn't want my favorite noodle dish to be ruined for ever.

Allow to cool to room temperature. Place 1½ cup per serving of mixture on the fruit roll-up trays on your Excalibur. On the meat setting (155 - 165 degrees), dehydrate for 8 hours, or over night. Once fully dry, break up the noodles and seal into vacuum seal bags and store in freezer until ready to head into the back country.

To rehydrate I add 1½ cup of water a few hours before you intend to eat. Store in a strong resealable bag. I've been using resealable vacuum seal bags and they work perfectly. At meal time it only requires 3-5 minutes of simmer time before it's ready to eat.

Alternatively, bring 1½ cups of water to a boil. Add the dehydrated contents and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow noodles to absorb the liquid. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe by Back Country Culinary at