Where can I get what I need to make my drunken noodle taste like drunken noodle? And what is it?
Okay, after some searching on the home cooking board, I'm moving over here for help. My drunken noodle never tastes right. I feel like I can *get* the flavors of pad thai and replicate them fairly well at home. But drunken noodle or pad kee mao just don't come out right. There's a pad kee mao thread that mentions "Golden Mountain Sauce" and there's other mentions of light oyster sauce (can this be right in Thai food?!). Can anyone help?
(I am starting with fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, thai chilis or chili paste- any specific brand recommendations and where to buy? Sorry to say, I'm using kikkoman soy sauce right now.... The finished product tastes good, but just like a generic stir fry, not the rich flavor of a good drunken noodle or pad kee mao.)
My drunken noodles recipe:
Onions, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper
Meat and scrambled egg
Lots of oil, ho fun-type hoodles
Thinly sliced lime leaves
You could also add lime juice if you like things sour, or some soy if you want more of that flavor. But I'd say the key seasonings are oyster sauce, sugar, Thai basil, and lime leaves.
I don't think there's any need for Golden Mountain as the oyster sauce should take care of your MSG needs. I use this popular Thai brand that can be found at pretty much any HK Mart/CMart/Kam Man type place:
However, if you're missing the "special flavor" make sure you've got the lime leaves and basil in there.
Look for Golden Mountain sauce in the Thai foods aisle of the big Asian supermarkets: Ming's, Hong Kong, C-Mart, etc. It's a sweetened soy and MSG sauce, pretty specific to Thai cuisine. You may find that's the certain something that's missing. I hear it compared to Maggi, but I think it's distinctive enough to invest in a bottle; it costs maybe $2-3.