You Can Always Find the Right Noodles to Make Drunken Noodles Online

You’re just a few clicks away from this classic from Jet Tila.

August 09, 2020

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These days, I’ve been spending the extra time I’ve gained at home by trying my hand at making cuisines I’ve only had in restaurants, right in my very own kitchen. And it’s largely because of Jet Tila, and his classes on the Food Network Kitchen app. Thai dishes I once thought too difficult to make felt totally do-able, all thanks to Jet.

In his class on Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao), one of my absolute favorite meals (especially with a beer), Jet breaks down how to cook his take on the fiery late-night plate. Between chopping up vegetables and mixing a few-ingredient stir-fry sauce, it seemed simple enough. But the one thing that’s always held me back from trying to cook Thai noodle dishes is knowing, and finding, the right noodles to complete them.

Luckily, Jet breaks that down, too.

Ideally, he explains, you cook the dish with fresh rice noodles. “They’re found usually in the deli section of an Asian market – near the tofu, near the soy milk. They’re cool items rotated out daily.”

But, if you can’t find them at your local stores, Jet says, “Don’t stress.” You can swap fresh noodles for dry ones that can be easily ordered online. Just search for: rice stick noodles, extra-large, dry. “They don’t weigh a lot, so they’re cheap to get to your house.” Plus, unlike the fresh version, they’re shelf-stable.

The only difference between cooking with fresh and dry is simple prep work. “It’s the same thing, just dried.” Just soak the dry noodles in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes. And that’s it – you’ve got the same springy noodles, ready to use as specified in the recipe.

Following Jet’s instructions, I came across options from Royal Elephant Brand, Three Ladies Brand and Asian Best Brand, all available online.

Check out Jet’s class for yourself the next time you’re craving Thai – and don’t let an ingredient stop you from cooking a new cuisine in your kitchen. If there’s a will, there’s a way!

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