Stir Fried flat rice noodle (Pad See Ew)

Pad see ew is a standard lunch fare among Thais and is very popular. It is not difficult to make and tastes great. As kids, we loved pad see ew. It is a comfort food; nice and warm. Normally people make it spicier at the table (not in the wok) by adding red pepper.

Go for Cook:

  • If your fresh flat rice noodles are not pre-cut, cut them into strips of 3/4 inch wide. 
  • Cut Chinese broccoli into 2 inch long pieces. 
  • Halve the stems lengthwise because thick stems take longer to cook. You are going to want to cook them at the same time.
  • Heat a wok to high heat and then add 2 tablespoons of oil. 
  • Drop in the chopped garlic and stir. 
  • Add the sliced pork and meat balls. 
  • Stir to cook the pork. 
  • When the pork is somewhat cooked or turned from pink to light brown, add rice noodles. 
  • Stir to break up the noodles. 
  • Add light and dark soy sauce and sugar. 
  • Stir to mix the seasonings into the noodles and pork. 
  • Open a spot in the middle of the pan, and drop the egg in. 
  • Scramble the egg until it is almost all cooked (not watery any more). 
  • Fold in the noodles and mix them all. 
  • Add the Chinese broccoli, stems first. I usually add half of the Chinese broccoli and stir until it wilts and then add the rest. But if you have room in your wok, you can cook all the Chinese broccoli at once. As soon as the Chinese broccoli is cooked, turn off the heat. 
  • Put on a serving plate and sprinkle white pepper on top. 
  • Serve with the usual noodles condiments; sugar, fish sauce, vinegar and dried ground pepper. 
  • I usually like mine with ground chili peppers and vinegar.
  • Pad see ew that you find in Bangkok is a little sweeter than mine because many street vendors add more sugar than I prefer.
  • For a vegetarian version, skip the pork. 
  • Add firm tofu if you like. I often enjoy pad see ew with just the egg. 
  • Dark soy sauce gives the noodles the color while light soy sauce seasons the dish. 
  • If Chinese broccoli is tough to find where you live, try kale or regular broccoli. 
  • And meat ball is option I have add for this time. Usually we use pork.
Enjoy ka!