Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว)

Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว) literally means "fried (with) soy sauce";  (ผัด/pad = stir fried, ซีอิ๊ว/see ew = soy sauce). Sometimes written as "Phat Si Io:, this dish is made with dark/sweet soy sauce, light soy sauce, wide rice noodles, broccoli and egg, this dish is easy, quick, and incredibly delicious. It's always been one of my favorite Thai dishes, and is a popular street food in Thailand as well!

Dark, sweet soy sauce is dark and thick like molasses. Brands include Healthy Boy & Dragonfly. Sometimes, you'll also see this marketed as "black thick soy sauce". Light soy sauce is really similar to fish sauce; not to be confused with the "light/low sodium" version of Japanese soy sauce, light soy sauce for Thai cooking is often referred to as "thin" soy sauce.

Side note: I LOVE the label for this Thai oyster sauce:

This is a REALLY easy dish to make at home; the only caveat is that you need to plan ahead, since the rice noodles need to soak to soften. Other than that, all you need is a wok and about 10-15 minutes, and you can have homemade pad see ew in no time. SOME Asian markets carry fresh rice noodles, so you won't have to soak dry noodles; our
local market does have them, but all they had in stock was the thin noodles when I went shopping for this post. 

Pad See Ew


3 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sweet soy sauce
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp pepper
1/2 lb thinly sliced beef, pork or chicken
Cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
3 cups broccoli florets
2-3 eggs, beaten
14oz dried wide rice noodles, soaked in HOT water for 45 minutes & drained well

Combine the oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, light soy sauce, sugar and pepper. Add the sliced meat and marinate, at room temperature, for 15-20 minutes.

Heat 1/2 Tbsp of oil in a well-seasoned wok over high heat. Add 1 clove of garlic and cook for about 30 seconds; add the broccoli and cook, stirring constantly, until partially cooked, but still firm. Remove from the wok.

Add 4 Tbsp of oil to the wok and reduce the heat to medium. Once hot, add the remaining garlic and stir for 10 seconds. Add the rice noodles and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until browned and soft. Remove from the wok.

Add 1 Tbsp of oil to the wok, then add the marinated meat and the eggs, stirring to combine and cook through. Add the broccoli back to the work and stir to combine. Add the noodles and stir to combine.

Serve hot.


  1. This recipe sounds great! If you ever find yourself in East Tennessee, you must try Monsoon restaurant near Butler. The owner, who is Thai, makes the best Pad See Ew and Pad Thai I've ever had! Delicious!

  2. Would this work with chow fun noodles I wonder? I get them fresh for making chow fun, and I know my sister in law had to ask her parents what they were as all the instructions and ingredients were in Chinese (and for some reason my sister in law doesn't seem to read Chinese, only speak it like her parents) I see your noodles, being dry, are in Viet Namese so was thinking we could substitute them.

  3. Chow fun noodles? ABSOLUTELY; they are pretty much the same kind of noodle, and, if you can get them fresh, I say go for it!

    PS: Chow fun is SO GOOD :)