Pad Mama


You've no doubt heard of pad Thai, but in Thailand kids love pad Mama, which is made with the Mama brand of instant noodles.

Pad Mama
Photo: Jenny Huang
Total Time:
35 mins
5 cups


  • 3 2 ounce packages Thai instant noodles (Pepper recommends Mama brand's tom yum flavor)*

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce or fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ½ cup sliced, halved yellow onions

  • ½ cup roughly chopped Chinese broccoli, bok choy, or cabbage

  • ¼ cup julienned carrots (1/2 medium)

  • 1 plum tomato, cut into small wedges

  • ½ cup bean sprouts

  • 2 scallions, green parts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • Ground white pepper

  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Unwrap the instant noodles (reserve the seasoning packets) and break noodle blocks into quarters as you add them to the pot. Cook, stirring, just long enough for them to soften and loosen, about 1 minute. Drain noodles immediately, shaking off as much of the water as you can.

  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium-high until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the pork and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in soy sauce or fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Add onions, Chinese broccoli, and carrots; cook until the vegetables brighten in color, about 2 minutes. Add the drained noodles and wedges of tomato. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the noodles have absorbed some of the sauce, about 3 minutes. Stir in bean sprouts and scallions; remove from heat. Season with a pinch of white pepper and reserved seasoning packets (use as much as you like). Garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately. Serves 4.


"The one instant noodle brand everyone knows in Thailand is Mama," Pepper says. "It's like the Thai version of Japanese Top Ramen. I've made this recipe with all kinds of instant noodles, but for the classic Thai taste, get the Mama brand instant noodles at any Asian market."

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
26g Fat
33g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 1228mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 11.4mg 57%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 417mg 9%
Folate, total 81.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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