SAHD Recipe – Spaghetti Pad Kee Mao

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, we’ll make Spaghetti Pad Kee Mao aka drunken noodles. This is a Thai & Italian fusion dish. Usually, Pad Kee Mao is made with wide rice noodles similar to the Pad See Ew Noodles. But creative chefs in Thailand tried various different ways to make it a bit different. This is the first time I tried cooking this dish and I enjoyed it a lot. The spaghetti noodles from Trader Joe’s were nice and chewy. RB40Jr enjoyed it too. However, Mrs. RB40 didn’t like it much. She thinks it’s too weird. She doesn’t really enjoy mixing cuisines. Oh well. Anyway, try it out if you’re stuck at home. You might like it.

Recipe Spaghetti Pad Kee Maw Pad Kee Mao

I made this dish with salmon, but you can do it with any kind of meat. I think shrimps are good with this too. Ok, let’s cook!

*I made a video for this recipe.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


  • Spaghetti noodles – The imported Italian spaghetti noodles from Trader Joe’s are perfect for this dish. They’re more chewy and have a better bite than the usual noodles from the supermarket, really nice.
  • 10 cloves of garlic – smashed or chop in the food processor.
  • 1 to 10 spicy chili – I used just 1 homegrown Thai chili. smashed. In Thailand, they’d use more.
  • 1 bunch Thai basil – You can get this from the Asian market. If you really can’t find Thai basil, then use regular basil.
  • 2 sticks celery – chopped.
  • 8 oz salmon – I think shrimps would work well too.
  • optional bell pepper – cut into strips.


Marinade salmon for 10 minutes

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon michu or any cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


*I add these links to Amazon so you can see what the ingredients look like. These items should be much cheaper at your local grocery store.

Cook the salmon

  • Cook the salmon in a skillet and set aside. Add a pat of butter at the end if you’d like.

Make the pasta

  • Bring water to a boil in your pot. Add a little salt.
  • Add the spaghetti and cook it al dente. Don’t overcook it. You want a little chew.
  • Drain and reserve a little pasta water.

Cook Pad Kee Mao

  1. Heat up your skillet. Add a little oil.
  2. Add the garlic/chili paste. Stir around for about 10 seconds.
  3. Add celery and bell peppers. Stir around for a minute.
  4. Add spaghetti and sauce. Toss around for a minute.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the basil. Toss until the basil leaves wilt a bit, maybe about a minute.
  6. Done!

Enjoy Spaghetti Pad Kee Mao!

To serve, put the noodles in a nice bowl and put the salmon on top. In the video, I put the salmon in the pan. They’ll break up if you do that. Either way is okay if you don’t care how it looks.

Spaghetti Pad Kee Mao video at Eat by 40!

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