PF Chang’s Home Menu Drunken Noodles Review

PF Chang's Home Menu Drunken Noodles

Those familiar with the PF Chang’s brand probably recognize it as a chain of Asian-style restaurants. However, the company also runs a brand of frozen food called PF Chang’s Home Menu, which features a pretty impressive assortment of Asian food options. Here at Freezer Meal Frenzy, we’d like to try as many of those options as possible.

So we’re going to start with the PF Chang’s Home Menu Drunken Noodles.

Why do they call these drunken noodles, you might ask? Will they get you drunk? Were they made by a drunken chef? No one really knows, but one theory — which we found on the website A Spicy Perspective — is that they are so spicy that people will get drunk trying to cool their mouths. Of course, this PF Chang’s version isn’t spicy at all — it has a spice rating of one pepper out of five.

PF Chang's Home Menu Drunken Noodles

Now, when you cook this thing up, the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks absolutely nothing like the image on the box. For example, those savory, juicy chunks of dark chicken are actually just sort-of-average white-meat chicken bits. They taste alright, but they’re a little bit rubbery — nothing like what you’d expect from a PF Chang’s visit.

The sauce is also a bit more watery than the box would have you believe. Now, it’s hard to complain too much about this, since the sauce is genuinely tasty — it’s just much more “frozen-dinner-y” than “restaurant-y.” It’s a Thai basil sauce that has a bit of a nutty flavor, with subtle undertones that are both sweet and spicy.

The noodles are where this meal really shines. These have an al dente consistency and a slippery texture, and they tend to soak up a lot of that tasty sauce. As the centerpiece of this noodle bowl, these noodles hold up pretty well — PF Chang’s could certainly have done a lot worse.

This is rather low in calories, at 290, which makes it a diet-friendly meal — unless your diet restricts you from loading up on sodium, that is. This noodle bowl contains a whopping 1,080 mg of sodium, which is a ton.

The PF Chang’s Home Menu Drunken Noodles are by no means a restaurant-quality dish, but they’re pretty delicious nonetheless. If you can get past the fact that PF Chang’s isn’t entirely honest with the way this is marketed, you’ll probably enjoy it. However, if you’re expecting that amazing dish featured on the cover, you might find yourself a little disappointed.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this PF Chang’s frozen noodle bowl, check out our package scans below.

PF Chang's Home Menu Drunken Noodles
PF Chang's Home Menu Drunken Noodles
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Joyce Moul
Joyce Moul
10 months ago

I totally disagree with some of the things you’re saying about drunken noodles. First of all mine had white chicken in and not dark rubbery chicken. And secondly, mine looked exactly like the picture on the box when it came out of the microwave. Now granite, once you stir it around, it’s not gonna look like the picture on the box. I thought they were delicious.

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