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 the use of 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” with an emphasis on a higher pitch tone on the word “Eew.” The dish literally 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 it is very similar in ingredients and flavor. 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 have a tad bit more vegetables added whereas a pad see ew recipe tends to stick to one vegetable like Chinese Broccoli, broccoli, or broccolini. Pad see ew typically use 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.
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.
Is Pad See Ew healthy?
Pad see ew is moderately healthy. It is a wide noodle dish with some sugar from the sweet soy sauce and a little bit of added sugar to help balance out the saltiness. The addition of protein and Chinese broccoli helps balance out the other not-so-healthy parts. Everything in moderation is key!
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 a couple of recipes and go on a little adventure! I recommend making my drunken noodles and my Pad Thai recipe along with Pad See Ew if you want to be efficient in using similar ingredients for your Thai noodle week! Check out my blog post for essential sauces for Thai cooking. Pictured 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, chili flakes- optional.
What are the sauces used in the Pad See Ew recipe?
There are many different ways to make Pad see ew. My recipe is deeply influenced by the region and area I grew up in. We LOVE our food with extra flavors of everything. Salty, spicy, sour, tangy, but we tend to go easy on the sugar. This is partly because the region where I grew up is the poorest part of Thailand and we were poor and lived off the land mostly. We used ingredients from around our yard, garden, and nearby farms. So to make food extra flavorful, we jazzed up our flavors with the things we had around the house like lime, peppers, garlic, herbs, spices, anything that will grow really. Since sugar was hard to find and expensive, we use less of it and make up the flavors for it elsewhere. Though Pad See Eew is not something we eat on a weekly basis, when we do make it, we make sure it’s extra flavorful. Just like my Pad See Ew recipe here. I hope you enjoy making it. Pictured below is a list of the sauces used for my Pad See Ew Recipe. Those sauces are; Thai light soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, dark soy sauce (for coloring, can omit), soybean paste, and rice vinegar.
Easy steps for making Pad See Ew recipe:
1. Prepare the noodles by cutting into 6 large pieces, microwave until soften then separate the sheets. Set aside. See note for more detailed instructions.
2. Mix all the sauces together in a bowl and set aside.
3. Heat a wok or large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until lightly browned.
4. 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 on 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, stir lightly.
6. Add the rice noodles and Chinese broccoli, just the stems first, save the leafy part towards the end. Add the rest of the sauce and stir gently together. Cook for 2 minutes or so.
7. 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.
8. Serve the noodles into serving plates, add ground white pepper and the chili vinegar to add additional heat and zest. Enjoy!
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