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Kua Mee | Lao Caramelized Fried Rice Noodles

Kua mee is thee signature Lao dry noodle dish. Once you take a bite and get a mouthful of caramelized noodles, omelette, fresh herbs, and fried pepper, you will know why people love this dish so much. Its the perfect party dish as it tastes even better at room temperature. Don’t judge me as I walk away with the entire platter at the Lao parties.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: dinner, lao, laotian
Cuisine: asian, Lao, Lao American, lao food, laotian
Keyword: kua mee, lao cuisine, lao food, laotian, laotian food, rice noodle
Author: Saeng Douangdara



  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 16 oz fresh rice noodles
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp shallots
  • 1-½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp seasoning sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup green onion
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 10 fried bird eye chili peppers


  • Rinse the noodle once then soak noodles for 30 mins in room temp water
  • In a bowl, crack the eggs and add a pinch of salt and pepper then whisk
  • In a medium skillet, add oil and heat on high. Add egg mixture and cook until firm about 2-3 mins and slightly brown around the edges. Flip and cook for 1 min then plate and cut
  • In a medium wok, heat oil and sugar then caramelize until lightly golden.
  • Add the garlic and shallots and cook for about 30 seconds
  • Add the water to stop the caramelization process
  • Add in the soy sauce, seasoning sauce, oyster sauce, and fish sauce and bring it to a boil
  • Add the soaked noodles and cook until most of the liquid has been soaked up by the noodles. Put it on a bowl to cool
  • Let the noodles rest for 30 minutes then gently break apart the noodles. Add cilantro, green onions, bean sprouts and toss. Then top with egg and peppers