Pad thai noodles

Noodles are a great addition to the camping pantry because they’re so fast to cook. Our tasters have a preference for brown rice noodles, but there are oodles of noodle varieties out there, from good old-fashioned egg noodles to gluten-free options.

Campsite pad Thai

Pad That camping recipe

We’ve taken a classic pad Thai recipe and made it campsite-cookable. Don’t forget, all our recipes are designed to be adaptable and give options for using other ingredients if you don’t happen to have the exact thing.


  • Enough noodles for two
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Oil – whatever you have (but don’t siphon it out of the campervan engine)
  • Sugar – palm sugar is best, but anything sweet will be fine – honey would be lovely and keeps well
  • Soy sauce – a staple in our camping kit
  • Fish sauce (or vegan fish sauce) – not a great thing to travel with, especially in a hot country, so buy a small bottle
  • Lime juice
  • Vegetables – beansprouts, thin sticks of carrot, chopped pak choi, kale, spring onions or peas….well, pretty much anything
  • Roasted peanuts – we like unsalted best
  • Coriander – basil or parsley would work too
  1. Cook your noodles. Either boil briefly or pour boiling water over them in a bowl and cover. It depends on what type you’re using. Drain.
  2. Heat the oil in your biggest pan and add the garlic. If any of your vegetables are likely to need cooking for longer, then add them now. Stir-fry for 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Add a tablespoon each of sugar,  fish sauce (or not), soy sauce and lime juice. Throw in the noodles and the rest of the vegetables. Stir till everything is heated through. The vegetables should still be crunchy, but not raw.
  4. Taste and add more sugar, sauces or lime to get that perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour. Add some chopped fresh coriander (parsley or basil
  5. Serve with bashed up peanuts and some coriander sprinkled over the top.
  6. You can add tofu, prawns and diced chicken or pork at step 2 (but make sure this is properly cooked before adding the veg). If you’d like a bit of heat, add chilli at this stage too.

This is super easy to cook on a traditional camping stove, on something a bit more special and versatile like the Cadac or on one of the top-end barbecues that have pot/pan options, like the Lotus Grill or Cobb.

Make yourself a travelling spice pantry

Here’s our neat camping box of herbs and spices so we never have to rummage in our kitchen bag. We all have our own essentials and favourites, so pick and mix to suit, but here’s what we always have:

  • Curry powder
  • Mixed herbs
  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Chinese five spice
  • Garam masala
  • Whole spices – cardamom, star anise, cloves
  • Smoked paprika
  • Dried lime leaves
  • Sesame seeds

We like aluminium tins best. Make sure the lids fit tightly to avoid spillages. The Indian masala dhaba are an option too. We write the contents on ours with a chalk pen (so it can be washed off when contents change). Or go for ones with a window.

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One Comment

  1. Love this style of recipe for camping. Quick and very tasty. I like a couple of chillies in mine for bite. Now hungry and it’s hours until tea.

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