After a long day of hiking in the mountains you often find yourself hungry, tired and cold. You need a quick fix of tasty, warm food. This Thai noodle recipe is easy to prepare before leaving and comes together with nothing but boiling water at camp. It is way better than Kraft dinner and enjoying a bowl of these tasty noodles with a view of the mountains and a lake makes them even better than a Thai restaurant. Play with the ingredients and use the add-ins to make it your own.

Thai Noodles (serves 2 hungry campers)

  • two sheets of rice noodles or ramen noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. of chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • chopped ginger
  • chopped garlic
  • mixed dried vegetables (see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp. sambal oelek
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • dried cilantro
  • optional add in: green onions, chopped peanuts, can of chicken, dried shrimp (see notes)

At home:

In one sturdy ziplock bag put your noodles. In a small sandwich ziplock put chopped ginger, garlic, boullion, and dried vegetables. Insert this ziplock into the one with the noodles for easy packing.

In a small, well-washed plastic container (the kind you might get for travel shampoo) put your sambal oelek, soy sauce/fish sauce, lime juice and dried cilantro. Slip this into the big ziplock as well.

At Camp:

Heat 2-3 cups of water in a pot and have extra water on the side in case it boils off too quickly. Dump in your sandwich ziplock with dehydrated veggies, etc. Let simmer until veggies are rehydrated. Add your noodles and let cook. Pour in your plastic sauce container. Spoon into bowls and enjoy!


* Dehydrated vegetables can sometimes be pricey or hard to find. The easiest solution is dehydrated mushrooms, which almost all grocery stores sell. If you have access to a dehydrator try making your own.

* Add-ins can really spruce up this meal, but be careful, they also mean extra weight. The dried shrimp can easily be purchased at an Asian food store and is the lightest option. Put the shrimp in with the dried vegetables. These can take a while to rehydrate so build in extra time.

* Good Tip: The morning you want to make this dump your veggies and other dehydrated items into a wide-mouth water bottle, which I assume you have for drinking purposes. Add 1 cup of water. They will rehydrate while you hike and this will reduce cooking time. Use the remaining water in the bottle to cook with. Make sure you have at least one more bottle to use for drinking water though!