Pad See Ew is one of the most delicious Thai stir fry dishes! It uses wide rice noodles, garlic, eggs, sauces, and Chinese broccoli. This popular street food has a silky and savory flavor from Thai sauces, making this Pad See Ew recipe delightfully memorable.
How do you pronounce Pad See Ew?
How do you pronounce pad see ew properly? Let’s break down the words. Pad = Stir fry, See Ew = Soy Sauce. Instead of Pad, it’s pronounced Pud, “See, Eew,” emphasizing a higher pitch tone on the word “Eew.” The dish means stir-fry soy sauce.
Is Pad See Ew the same as Drunken Noodles?
Pad see ew is not the same as the drunken noodles or Pad Kee Mao, though its ingredients and flavor are very similar. Drunken noodles are known to be spicier, commonly referred to as great after-party food because the spiciness helps sober up the late-night drinking folks. (:
Drunken noodles also add a tad bit more vegetables, whereas a Pad See Ew recipe tends to stick to one vegetable like Chinese Broccoli, broccoli, or broccolini. Pad see ew typically uses the soft and wide rice noodles called Sen Yai Noodles. Drunken noodles typically use long wide noodles.
For more information on the varieties of Thai noodles, check out my detailed blog post here on Thai rice noodles.
What is the difference between Pad Thai and Pad See Ew?
Again, there is a difference between the world-famous Pad Thai and pad see ew. Pad Thai noodles are typically very thin, like linguini-size noodles, whereas Pad See Ew noodles are wide, soft, and supple. The sauces used are also different between the two recipes. Pad Thai recipes call for tamarind pulp, fish sauce, and palm sugar, whereas Pad See Ew uses a few different types of soy sauces, sugar, and bean paste. Pad Thai also uses a few more vegetables as well. You can check out my delicious pad Thai recipe here.
How can I make this easy Pad See Ew recipe?
There are just a few Thai sauces that you will need for this recipe. A trip to your Asian market will most likely be beneficial to find some of the ingredients. So, plan out some recipes and go on a little adventure! I recommend making my drunken noodles, my Pad Thai recipe, and Pad See Ew if you want to efficiently use similar ingredients for your Thai noodle week!
Check out my blog post for essential sauces for Thai cooking. Below is the ingredient list you will need for my delicious Pad See Ew Recipe. Those ingredients include; chicken breast, wide rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, garlic, sugar, oil, eggs, ground white pepper, and chili flakes- optional.
- Sugar. This recipe can use white, brown, or palm sugar. Honey and agave are also an option. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the sauce before cooking. Microwave for a few seconds to help melt the sugar if necessary.
- Black soy sauce. The black soy sauce helps color the noodles with that beautiful golden-brown color that Pad See Ew is known for. The black soy sauce also has a distinctly deep, caramelized flavor that gives the recipe a little edge that I find missing in many Thai restaurants.
- Wide Rice Noodles. Use the fresh noodles as soon as possible since they tend to harden quickly. But if you can’t find fresh or supple wide rice noodles, microwave the noodles for 2-3 minutes before separating the sheets.
- Soybean paste. I recommend you don’t skip out on this key ingredient when Making Pad See Ew. It makes the recipe Authentic with its very distinctive umami flavor.
- Sweet soy sauce. Sweet soy sauce has a thicker consistency than regular soy sauce and adds a sweet flavor to the stirfry. You can use molasses instead if you can’t find the sweet soy sauce, just make sure to adjust your Pad See Ew taste towards the end.
- Rice wine vinegar. You can substitute apple cider vinegar, lime, or lemon juice. My recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar. If you use a substitute, try adding just 1 table first, taste a small sample, then add more if necessary.
Pad See Ew Helpful Tips
- Use a flat and thin edge wooden spatula for stir-frying. The thinner tip will not break up the noodles or the eggs as much since they are both very fragile and soft and break easily during the tossing and stir-frying.
- Pre-make the sauce ahead of time is also an option to help speed things up. Just be sure to stir the sauce well before using it to help “wake up” all the pieces that have settled to the bottom. (:
- When you come to the steps where you are pouring the sauce into the stir fry, use only half of the sauce first, carefully stir the sauce into the noodles, and wait a minute or two before you pour the rest of the sauce into the wok to finish it all off. This technique will help the stir-fry not get too mushy from the excessive sauce used simultaneously. This technique saves me time and time again.
- Another helpful technique is to pour the sauce on the outer edges of the wok during the second half of the sauce. This technique allows the sauce to cook and reduce slightly quicker while still seasoning the food in the wok.
Easy steps for making Pad See Ew recipe
- Prepare the noodles by cutting into 6 large pieces, microwave until they are softened, then separate the sheets. Set aside. See note for more detailed instructions.
Mix all the sauces in a bowl and set them aside.
- Heat a wok or large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until lightly browned.
- Add chicken and cook until it turns slightly brown. About 6-8 minutes
5. Push the chicken to one side of the wok and add the eggs to the other side. Scramble the egg for 2-3 mins. Gently mix the eggs in with the chicken. Add half the sauce to the chicken mixture, and stir lightly.
- Add the rice noodles and Chinese broccoli, just the stems first, and save the leafy part towards the end. Add the rest of the sauce and stir gently together. Cook for 2 minutes or so.
- Add the remaining leafy part of the Chinese broccoli, stir well with the rest of the mixture, turn the heat off and remove from the stovetop.
- Serve the noodles on serving plates, and add ground white pepper and chili vinegar to add additional heat and zest. Enjoy!
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