Drunken noodles, chicken, green peppercorn and holy basil


This dish is called "Pad kee mao" in Thailand. Kee mao means drunkard in Thai langage. The origins of the dish are not very well known but some cooks say that it was created by a drunkard, with what he had in his refrigerator. The result being delicious the drunkard's dish became a popular recipe. Nowadays, we often find Pad kee mao prepared with spaghetti, instead of rice noodles. Here is the traditional recipe but like the Thais, try to prepare it with pasta too!

Serves 2.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 bird-eye chilies, sliced

2 chicken thighs, skin and bone removed, sliced

40 g kale, sliced

40 g baby corn, cut in half

40 g snake beans, cut in 3 cm lengths

20 g fresh green peppercorn

1 handful holy basil leaves (about 20 g)

200 fresh rice noodles (large)

1 red fresh spur chili, sliced, to garnish

Seasoning

0.5 tablespoon fish sauce