What is Pad See Ew?
Pad See Ew (sometimes spelled Pad Siew, Pad Siu or Phat Si-Io) is a Thai fried rice noodle dish with soy sauce, meat or seafood and vegetables.
Pad means fried and See Ew means soy sauce, so it means fried soy sauce in Thai language. It’s a Chinese recipe that has been adapted to local Thai flavor.
If you go to Thailand, you can find it sold by street vendors all over the country. Pad See Ew is one of my favorite Thai recipes, it’s delicious and utterly satisfying. I can eat it almost every day.
Flat Rice Noodles
There are different types of rice noodles used in Thai cooking, for the best Pad See Ew recipe, you will need fresh flat rice noodles. They are available fresh at Chinese, Vietnamee, Thai or Asian stores. They are packaged in a plastic bag. You can also get the noodles at Whole Foods below:
The rice noodles are soft, pliable, flat, white in color, and shiny looking as the noodles are coated with oil. When fresh noodle is not an option, you can use dry rice sticks, which is 3/8″ wide.
What Sauce is in Pad See Ew?
The sauce calls for a few basic seasonings below. The noodles are stir-fried with the sauce but the dish is actually pretty dry.
- Thai sweet soy sauce
- Fish sauce
- Oyster sauce
How to Make Pad See Ew?
This is a quick, easy tried-and-tested Pad See Ew recipe. You will need garlic, chicken, rice noodles and the seasonings above.
For the best results, stir-fry the noodles in a hot and well-seasoned wok. If you don’t have a wok, you can make the noodles in a skillet. High heat is very important to flash cook and stir-fry the noodles.
I love eggs in my Pad See Ew, which you can add during the cooking process. You can certainly make it without eggs.
If you want to make a vegetarian or vegan version of the recipe, you can skip the chicken and replace with tofu. For the sauce, you can use soy sauce instead of fish sauce and oyster sauce.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 470 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This meal is best served alone or with a main dish or appetizers. For a wholesome Thai meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
Pairs well with:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 oz boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into thin pieces
- 8 oz dry wide rice sticks or 10 oz fresh flat rice noodles
- 6 oz Chinese broccoli (Gailan or Kailan)
- 2 eggs (beaten), optional
- Cook the wide rice sticks according to the package directions. Strain in a colander and run cold running water until the noodles becomes cool. Set aside to drain. If you use fresh flat rice noodles, loosen the noodles with hand, make sure they are not sticking or clumping together.
- Mix all the ingredients for the Seasonings in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and stir fry until aromatic. Add the chicken and continue stirring. As soon as the chicken changes color, add the rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, and stir continuously, for 30 seconds. Add the Seasonings and stir continuously until everything is well combined. Add the beaten eggs (if using), and more oil if needed. Cook the egg and then stir to combine well with the noodles. Dish out and serve immediately.
Serving Size3 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 470Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 24mgSodium 1033mgCarbohydrates 80gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 11g