Pad See Ew | ผัดซีอิ๊ว
Pad See Ew is soy sauce fried noodles, and rather mild compared to most spicy Thai food. Not all Thai food is spicy! So if you can’t handle the heat, or just aren’t in the mood for spicy, this dish is a perfect, easy meal. But even if you want spicy, feel free to add your own chili flakes or Thai chili sauce like I do.
Background: A few weeks after I got to Bangkok, I ordered Pad See Ew for the first time at a food stall in a cozy soi (alleyway). I smiled at how blessed I was to get to eat this for only $1.00!
- Flat, wide rice noodles (3 cups)
- Garlic, minced (3 cloves)
- Cooking oil (2 Tbsp)
- Chicken (Tofu or pork works too!) (2 breasts or equivalent amount of tofu/pork)
- Chinese broccoli or broccoli florets (2 cups)
- Thai sweet dark soy sauce (2 tsp)
- Oyster sauce (2 tsp)
- Thai light soy sauce (2 Tbsp)
- Sugar (3 tsp)
- White pepper (1 tsp)
- Eggs (2)
Soak the noodles in warm water for at least 30 minutes before cooking, unless you are lucky and found fresh rice noodles.
Slice the chinese broccoli into 2 in. pieces, and cut the ends at an angle. Slice chicken into thin, bite sized pieces.
Fry the garlic until the aroma makes you smile with delight.
Add chicken and keep stirring so the garlic doesn't burn until the chicken is done.
Add noodles and a little water to help cook the noodles a bit more. Add small amounts of water until noodles are soft, but not too much so they don't become a blob of white mush.
(I only cook two servings at a time at most. If you cook more than that the noodles don't cooperate and become mushy)
Throw in the chinese broccoli and cook for about a minute until it becomes a dark, vibrant green.
Add in the soy sauces, sugar and pepper and stir. Add more soy sauce if you like it saltier, more sugar if you like sweet.
(With the soy sauces, to tell the truth, I don't measure and instead add in a little until it tastes how I like. You can do the same, or stick by the rules.)
Make a little crater in the center of the noodles. Crack the eggs into it. Scramble the eggs until done, and then mix in with the rest of the noodles.
Serve it. Have chili flakes or chili sauce, sugar and fish sauce on the table so everyone gets the perfect taste they love. Enjoy!
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