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Easiest Thai Meal Ever | Stir-Fried Mama Noodles


Stir-Fried Mama Noodles

I was never a fan of tasteless American instant noodles—the ridiculously cheap ones called Maruchan Ramen that give legit Japanese ramen a bad name. In college I always resorted to Easy Mac for a quick meal over Ramen.

So when I saw the variety of Thai instant noodles called Mama sitting on the shelf at the one of the many 7/11’s on every corner in Bangkok, I thought, “Ew, they have instant noodles here too??”

But I forgot I was in Thailand, where even instant noodles have flavor that makes your tongue dance with delight.

I don’t remember the exact time I first tried Mama noodles. It might have been at work when one of my Thai co-workers heated some water in one of those electric kettles, opened the colorful, crinkly Mama package, put the noodles in a bowl, poured over the steaming water, added the seasoning packets, stirred and then offered me a bite—like all good Thais do whenever they have food and friends in front of them.

I never say no to trying food, so I took a bite, and smiled. It tasted just like a Thai dish I would get from a Thai street vendor. How could I have ever thought Thai instant noodles would be like America’s?

Mama Noodles

And then later I discovered my favorite way to eat Mama noodles. To boil them, drain the water, add the seasoning and whatever meat, and veggies I liked. So simple, but so good—and so fast.

Don’t get me wrong. There is a time and a place for Mama noodles, and it’s definitely not every night for dinner. This is our go-to meal when we feel lazy to cook something more intense, but want to feel full and still have that Thai taste on our tongues. It’s also nice to make if you just had a baby and are having your first dinner guest over since having that baby, which is why I made it recently.

And I discovered that you can even buy Mama noodles in the Asian food aisle at Wal-Mart Supercenter?! And they are cheap too. But usually we stock up on our Asian grocery store runs and get many different flavors. Do whatever is easiest for you, and have fun with them!

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Stir-Fried Mama Noodles

Easiest Thai Meal Ever | Stir-Fried Mama Noodles

  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Are you in a hurry but craving some Thai food? Try out Stir-Fried Thai instant noodles, and you will never go back to boring instant noodles again!


  • 1 package of Thai instant noodles
  • 1 serving of your favorite veggies, such as cabbage, spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.
  • 1 serving of meat or tofu you have on hand
  • 1 egg


  1. If needed, cook meat in a wok or saucepan.
  2. Boil water in a small pot.
  3. Add noodles to boiling water.
  4. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Drain water.
  6. Warm cooking oil in your wok if you haven’t already cooked the meat in it. Add noodles to wok, along with veggies and seasoning packets that came with the instant noodles.
  7. Stir a few minutes until veggies are cooked.
  8. Make a well in the center of the noodles. Crack an egg and scramble it. Then mix the egg with the noodles.
  9. Enjoy!!


If feeding more people, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

Also feel free to turn it into a soup. Put the noodles, veggies, seasoning packet, egg and cooked meat or tofu in the boiling water. Stir and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1




  • Chris

    You can’t beat fresh, tasty, real Thai food, but this alternative sounds quite good. Now I have to find Mama instant noodles too!

    • Sherri Phengchard

      I totally agree! I hope you find some 🙂

  • Jennifer McCabe

    I stock up on this stuff, I usually cook it if I want a bowl of noodle soup I had meat , herbs etc to it along with the spice that comes with the package or I soak the noodles and stir fry or make a noodle salad.

    • Sherri Phengchard

      Yes! We always have some in our pantry on hand for a quick meal! Love that you do too!

  • Cat

    The first place I tried Mama noodles was in Cambodia and I fell in love with it. I am thrilled that supermarkets in my city actually sell these Thai noodles. I will try to stir fry it. Looks super yummy!

    • Sherri Phengchard

      That’s awesome! I hope you get to make it soon and think back to your trip in Cambodia! 🙂

  • Peter Lee

    My grandma actually taught me how to cook Mama brand noodles this way when I was a teenager. I have perfected my own method through the years, but hers will always be the best. =)

    • Sherri Phengchard

      That’s awesome Peter! Grandma’s ways are always the best of course!

  • Kathy

    The duck flavored Mama noodles are a staple in my house!

  • Student

    Hi! Just came across this recipe and immediately made it. It tastes pretty good, and it made me realize that some restaurants charge so high of a price for street food-style dishes like these, yet it’s so easy and cheaper to make it at home.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Sherri Pengjad

      Yes!! Totally agree! That’s why it’s hard for us to eat Thai food out since we know how easy and cheap it is to make many of the dishes at home. Glad we could help you save some money! 🙂