Best Drunken Noodles Recipe – 100% Vegan

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Best Drunken Noodles Recipe

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Kitchen Products Used

  1. Stainless Steel Cookware
  2. Knife Set

Really easy to make recipe.  This did not take a lot of kitchen artillery to get this meal created.  We love using our stainless Steel cookware for most of our recipes.  Check out how to cook with stainless steel here.

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Prep Veggies –> Cook Noodles –> Make Sauce –> Cook Veggies –> Toss in Noodles with Sauce

Thai Noodles

What Makes Drunken Noodles, Drunken?

So I am not 100% sure the answer.  I just quickly looked around the internet and found some pretty amusing input on why this is the recipe name.

All of the sources said that it has to do with drinking adult beverages, if you catch my drift.  Apparently, Thai people like to drink when there food is hot or sour tasting.

Also, the Thai name of this recipe actually has a word in the title that means “drunker“.  It makes sense to me.  I know that a refreshing cold one can definitely put me at ease when I am eating spicy food.  You have to get your relief from somewhere.

What Noodles are Used in Drunken Noodles?

The answer is Rice Noodles.  You can find them in most grocery stores now a days.  They are almost see through.

They are similar in size to fettuccine.  In fact, now that I think about it, that is a great comparison.  They are clear fettuccine noodles lol.

I love using the rice noodles when cooking with sauce because they soak up the color of the sauce you use.  So you can literally change the color of your noodles based on the sauce that you use.  This is one of the cool features rice noodles have over fettuccine.

Best Drunken Noodles Recipe

What is the Difference Between Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles?

I have to be honest here, I did not know there was a difference until I looked up drunken noodles recipes.  Then I stumbled upon both recipes and was not sure which one I wanted to try and recreate.

The main difference is that Pad Thai uses peanuts and has a sweeter flavor profile then Drunken Noodles.  Drunken noodles on the other hand is known for a savory and spicier flavor.

This recipe can be modified if you do not want all the spice.  Marilyn is not a big spice person so we did not add a ton of chili peppers in this recipe.  It still turned out great and the savory part of the recipe did not go missing.

Do I Need a Wok to Make Drunken Noodles?

The simple answer is no.  We did not use a Wok in this recipe for our best drunken noodles recipe and you don’t have to either.

I am sure using a wok will probably give your meal a little advantage over non-wok cookware but very minimal.  However, if you like cooking Asian inspired meals then you should probably look into a Wok.

Wok’s make cooking with a lot of vegetables and noodles easier due to more room to mix all the ingredients together.  It also prevents you from spilling sauce and noodles out of the pan.  Making a mess is not fun in the kitchen.  I am definitely looking into Woks.

Best Drunken Noodles Recipe

Best drunken noodles recipe. Asian inspired and Vegan!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Best Drunken Noodles Recipe, Drunken Noodles, knife set, Thai Vegan Noodles, Vegan Drunken Noodles, Vegan Noodles Recipe, Vegan Sauce
Servings: 3 people
Author: Eric


  • Stainless Steel Cookware, Knife Set


Food Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Oil
  • ½ an Onion julienned cut long ways
  • ½ Cup Snow Peas
  • 1 Thai Chili diced Optional
  • 2 Carrots julienned cut long ways
  • 2 Green Onions chopped roughly
  • 3 Garlic Cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger pressed
  • 1 Cup Basil raw
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime juice half a lime
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Pepper flakes or to taste


  • 5 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos
  • 2 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil


  • Boil a pot of water and once it is at a boil, put your rice noodles in the pot for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • While the pot is coming to a boil, start prepping your Carrots, Onions, Green Onions, Thai Chili, Garlic and Ginger.
  • After your Rice noodles are done cooking, drain them in a colander. By now your prep work of vegetables should be done.
  • Now Saute the Garlic, Ginger and Thai Chili in 2 tablespoons of Peanut oil for 2 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Then add the Carrots and Onion on medium low heat for another 3 to 5 minutes. Cover the pot to speed up cooking time.
  • Now add the Scallions, Snow Peas and Rice noodles to the pan. Before adding your sauce, squeeze half a lime over the rice noodles.
  • Now add the sauce and mix the entire pan until all the rice noodles are coated evenly.
  • Lastly add in the Basil and stir the pan for around 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with Red pepper flakes for added heat. Enjoy!


You can adjust the amount of heat by adding or subtracting the chili pepper and pepper flakes.  Also the Lime can be optional.  But we love the lime taste.


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Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.


4 Responses

  1. Thank you for the introduction into the drunken noodles. Finding new and easy recipes is a blessing with boredom a faithful companion when we are eating at home.  I will admit the boredom is mostly with the cooking when I ask the kids for menu help it will be what we have had 3 this month already.  This seems a good way to learn about more plant-based ways of cooking.  As we are what we eat, this would be a good route to go. 

    You discussed using stainless steel cookware, and I was wondering about the slow heating thing you mentioned.  Years of using gas to cook with, I’m finding all-electric a bit trying.  I loved my cast iron and have several, but now only use them to make in the oven or to heat things like baked beans in the govern.  Is stainless steel like cast iron?  Once it heats it does hold its heat well.  We will have to have a meal with Drunken Noodles to see how this new idea for eating goes.  Thanks for your suggestions.

    • thank you for the comment Sami.  I think cooking with Cast iron might be the healthiest cooking surface to cook with.  I say that because a lot of vegans and really non vegans too are deficient in Iron.  So if the iron leaches into our food it could actually become a benefit.  I chose stainless steel for this recipe because it is an easier cooking method then cast iron.  Stainless steel is still a healthy cooking surface due to the amount of metal leaching harm is found to be negligible or not worth any concern.

  2. Hello there! Thanks for sharing this with us. Wonderful way to teach someone how to cook. Food has always been my best friend so you can understand the joy on my face seeing your article with so much new food to try. I really can’t wait to try this drunkebn noodles. I could have tried it tonight but I have to get groceries. Thanks a lot for the lesson..

  3. Heloo there, this is really an interesting post. Anyways a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful article on the best drnken noodles recipe , since I heard about this recipe drunken noodles I have really been wondering why it’s called that, I think your explanation to why it’s called drukem noodles is cool. Anyways nice tips on how to make the best drnken noodles.

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