Thai One On: Drunken Noodles

Thai NoodlesDrunken Noodles

I know there is a propensity to add a boozy element to a dish and call it “drunken”, but drunken noodles, which to my knowledge is the original “drunken” dish, contains no alcohol. Rumor has it the dish received the drunken moniker due to the need to wash it down with a cold beer to tame the heat in it. A second theory is because it is a great for soaking up booze after a night of heavy drinking.

Many recipes for drunken noodles call for cherry tomatoes, which I loathe. Instead I added red bell peppers for some color and texture. Snow peas and bok choy were also added for some earthiness. Chicken is used in my version, but you could easily substitute tofu, seitan, or tempeh for a vegetarian version. If you leave out the eggs also, it can be vegan.

Oyster Sauce

Drunken noodles include oyster sauce for some sweet caramel notes and fish sauce for some funky flavor. Oyster sauce is made by reducing oyster juice with sugar and soy sauce to produce a thick sweet syrup. All real oyster sauces are inherently not kosher, as kosher prohibits eating any seafaring creatures that do not not have fins and scales. Of course if you don’t keep kosher then then don’t worry about it, and use off the shelf oyster sauce.

There are are some kosher mock oyster sauces out there, but they can be hard to find. I ended up making my own. I did use dried oyster mushrooms in my version to give the sauce a boost of umami, and to allow be to preserve the “oyster” alias.  The recipe for my mock oyster sauce is below, but you could always substitute hoisin sauce if need be.

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is made simply by packing small fish such as anchovies in salt, letting them ferment, and then squeezing the liquid from the fish.  While kosher fish sauce is available, there is a prohibition in the world of kosher from mixing fish with terrestrial meats (such as beef, lamb, or goat) or poultry (such as chicken, duck, or turkey).  As I used chicken in my recipe, real fish sauce was out. So I made a mock fish sauce without any actual fish. You can make a kosher pescaterian version of this dish using tofu instead of chicken and definitely use fish sauce .  Again, if kosher is not something you worry about, then mix all the chicken and fish you want.

I used several fermented and salty products to mimic fish sauce’s funky flavor.  The recipe for my faux fish sauce is below. You can substitute (fish free if you want to keep it kosher) Worcestershire sauce for the fish sauce in a pinch.


I did attempt to make my own sriracha sauce, but just could not get a good balance between flavor and heat.  I will probably get back to it sometime in the future, but for now I used sriracha straight out of the bottle.


Drunken Noodles

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Thai Noodles
Thai Drunken Noodles
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Despite the name this recipe does not have any alcohol in it.  As best I can tell, it is called drunken noodles either because all of  the spice in the recipe encourages you to drink to tame the heat, or possibly because it is a great dish to soak up the booze after a long night of drinking.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: Drunken Noodles
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 1/2 cup "Fish" Sauce (Recipe Below) On subsitute (fish free) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup "Oyster" Sauce (Recipe Below) Or substitute hoisin
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha
  • Vegetable Oil Enough to cover the bottom of the pan
  • 4 Thai Chilies Sliced thin and stems discarded
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger Finely minced
  • 2 Cups Chicken Breast or Tofu Cut in to 1/4" thick slices
  • 2 Large Eggs Do not beat the eggs
  • 1 Medium Red Onion Peeled, ends removed, and sliced in 1/8 inch slices from root to top
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Sliced into thin strips
  • 1 Cup Snow Peas or Snap Pea Pods
  • 1 Cup Baby Bok Choy Sliced thin
  • 5 oz Medium Width Rice Noodles Cooked according to the packages directions
  • 4 Leaves Thai Basil Cut in to thin strips (AKA chiffonade)
  • 2 Scallions Sliced thin
Special Equipement
  • 1 Wok or High-Sided Saute Pan
  1. Prepare sauce by combining the oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sriracha in a sauce pan over low heat.  Stir until thoroughly combined.

  2. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of your wok or high sided saute pan and place over high heat.  Add the garlic, ginger, and Thai chilies and cook stirring constantly until the garlic starts to brown.

  3. Add the eggs to the pan whole and as as lightly stir to break the yolks.  As they eggs begin to set add the chicken or tofu.  Continue to stir vigorously until the chicken or tofu begins to brown.

  4. Add in the onion, red bell pepper, pea pods, and baby bok choy, and continue to stir vigorously until the onions start to become translucent.

  5. Add cooked noodles making sure they contact the pan and begin to brown.

  6. Add the sauce and stir until it is all all absorbed.

  7. Remove from the pan and garnish with the scallions and Thai basil

“Fish” Sauce

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Vegan "Fish" Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Fish sauce is a sauce used to add a little funk to a dish.  Fish sauce is usually made by fermenting small fish such as anchovies in salt and then pressing out the liquid from it. While kosher fish sauce is available, I chose to make my own vegan fish sauce as many people who eat strictly kosher do not mix fish with meat or fowl. To create the requisite funk I used a quartet of fermented products, some of which can be hard to find. For that reason, even though I usually shy away from recommending specific brands, I make an exception here. I ended up buying much of what I needed at Whole Foods, but most they can of course be found on

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Fish Sauce
Servings: 1 Cup
Author: Daniel Peikes
  1. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan over low heat.  Stir until all the solids are dissolved. 

Recipe Notes

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“Oyster” Sauce

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Spicy Thai Chicken Tacos
"Oyster" Sauce
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
4 mins

Oyster sauce is a thick sweet brown sauce that will add some caramel notes to any dish. It is usually made by reducing the liquid from oysters, I use oyster mushrooms to preserve the moniker and give the dish an umami boost.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Oyster Sauce
Servings: 1 Cup
Author: Daniel Peikes
  1. Add all the ingredients except the corn starch and water to a small sauce pot over low heat,stirring constantly. 

  2. Mix the corn starch and water in a separate bowl to form a slurry.  Once the sauce begins to bubble stir in the corn starch slurry and cook until the sauce is thickened and remove from heat.

Recipe Notes

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Fermented Hot Sauce with reCAP Mason Jar Kit and Giveaway

Fermented Hot SauceA few months back Rachel and I attended the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show.  This was the second year we went, and the second year that the fine folks at reCap Mason Jars have taken time to talk to us and show us their products.  They followed up with us after the show and sent us one of their super fun Fermentation Starter Kits to review and another one to give away.  Fermentation in a mason jar is a great way to preserve vegetables, while giving them great flavor.  If our recipe below we take it to the next level and make a bright hot sauce. Details on the giveaway are at the end of the post.

As far as the kit is concerned, it is pretty straight forward.

It comes with the following:

1-24 ounce Ball Mason jar

1-Pour lid

1-reCAP Fermenter (A waterless airlock)

1-4 ounce Ball Mason jar

1-2.5 ounce packet Himalayan Pink Salt

An instructional guide including 3 recipes

The products included all look to be of solid quality.  The two mason jars included are made by Ball, which makes a quality product. the pour lid seems to be made of quality plastic and forms a good seal.  The pour lid can be used for other things like salad dressings and cocktails. The airlock fermenter seem to be of good quality, but check back in two weeks when we find out how the fermented hot sauce comes out (recipe below).  The pink salt is a nice touch, but really any salt would have worked.  I usually use Morton Canning and pickling salt.  The instructions and guide could have been a bit more detailed.  I did not like the fact that they put all the measurements in volumetric measurements instead of weights.  This can throw you off it you use a different size grind on your salt such as kosher salt which is much larger, or pickling salt which is much finer.

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What is Fermentation?

A quick primer of fermentation.  Fermentation is a process where something, usually a vegetable, is preserved by exposing it to specific beneficial bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms.  They keep other, nasty, bugs away and create a pleasant tangy flavor. This is accomplished by submerging the vegetable in a salt water brine, which keeps the harmful bugs away while beneficial ones thrive.  Other herbs and spices can be added to the brine for additional flavor. The process creates carbon dioxide, this is where the airlock comes in.  The airlock allows the carbon dioxide out without letting other contaminants in, so the glass jar does not explode.

I took one of the recipes that came with the Fermentation Starter Kit and put a twist on it.  Below is my version of the recipe.  The sauce takes two weeks to ferment, so stay tuned to see how it comes out.

Hot Sauce Fermentation Ingredients


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Hot Sauce Ingredients
Fermented Green Hot Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins

This is a recipe based on the hot sauce recipe included in the Fermentation Starter Kit by reCAP.  The kit includes all of the equipment you need. The original recipe is for a red hot sauce, but I had a bunch of green peppers to use up so I went off script.  I also added lime juice and scallions that are not in the original recipe to put my own spin on it.  

This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare, but then takes 2 weeks to ferment so plan ahead.  It goes great on tacos, pizza, chicken, or anywhere you want to add a little heat.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Servings: 1 Jar
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Sliced thin
  • 2 Jalapenos Peppers Sliced into rounds
  • 2 Serrano Pepper Sliced into rounds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Sliced thin
  • 2 Scallions Sliced thin
  • 1.5 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Juice of One Lime
  1. Combine the salt, water, and lime juice to create a brine.  Stir until the salt is dissolved.

  2. Add all the peppers, garlic, and scallions to a mason jar, then pour the brine on top, leaving a few inches of space at the top.

  3. Add a weight to keep the peppers below the water line.  A smaller mason jar works well for this.

  4. Cover the mason jar with a pour lid fitted with an airlock

  5. Let the vegetables ferment for 14 days, then remove from the brine but don't throw out it out.

  6. Blend the vegetables slowly, adding the brine back in until the desired constancy is achieved.  Store in the refrigerator and it should last for a very, very long time. (or maybe not, if you use it quickly!)

Now on to the giveaway.   The fine people at reCap MAson Jars, will give on lucky reader of our blog a free fermentation starter kit.  You can earn entries into the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter links below and completing the following tasks:

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The giveaway will run for 2 weeks, which is coincidentally the same amount of time it take for the hot sauce in the recipe to ferment.  Tune back in then and we will do a taste test to see how the hot sauce came out, and announce the winner of the giveaway. Good luck everyone and thanks for your support.

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