Restaurant style Thai Stir Fry Noodles (Pad See Ew) is easy and quick to make at home. This homemade version is much healthier and 200% delicious.
Pad See Ew (Thai Stir Fry Noodles)
If you love yourself some Thai food but haven’t been able to get to your favorite Thai restaurant in awhile — or simply want your Thai food when you want it — you’ve landed in right place.
We’re throwing out our best tips for easy homemade Thai stir fry noodles, which is part of our Better-than-Takeout collection. Once you’ve learned how to make your favorite take-out dishes, you may never go back to anything other than your own healthier and just-as-gratifying versions.
Before we go any further, in case you’re wondering, Pad See Ew is pronounced patsy-you. Whether the emphasis is on first or last syllable is debatable, but you get the general gist.
Now, about this popular Thai dish…it’s healthier, colossal in flavor, and comes together in about 30 minutes. Bonus: you only need a trusty wok (or large, deep pan) to make it happen. All the ingredients get cooked together in just one pan, making cleanup easy.
Buying Rice Noodles
Asian noodle dishes often call for rice noodles in lieu of wheat based noodles. That’s good news for noodle-craving gluten free eaters. It’s also a deliciously fun way to switch up the pasta routine (pssst: we’re enamored with soba as well.)
As the goal for this easy homemade version of Pad See Ew is for ingredients to be readily available in most major grocery stores. Use extra wide dry rice noodles or the widest cut rice noodles your store carries. Follow package instructions for pre-soaking in preparation for your stir fry.
If you’re lucky enough to live near an Asian grocery store (I’m jealous) then feel free to buy fresh rice noodles. If using fresh, simply add about 1.5 pounds of noodle directly to the stir fry.
Variations and Substitutions
- Try leafy Chinese broccoli, aka gai-lan, in place of spinach. Baby bok choi can be used as well. Both are found in Asian grocery stores.
- If you’d like to switch up the protein, try your choice of ground meat or shrimp.
- We use honey for sweetness and flavor, but you can also use the same amount of packed brown sugar instead.
- Try substituting regular soy sauce for dark soy sauce, as it’s traditionally used for depth of flavor and richness in color.
Try This Easy Thai Fried Rice, Too:
Asian style noodle dishes to make:
- Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles. Hits the spot, every single time. It’s easy and tastes like you ordered it from a restaurant.
2. Asian Sesame Noodles (Nut-Free). Can’t do nuts? No problem. Try this healthy, delicious version. It’s a perfect summertime dish.
3. Soba Noodles with Shrimp and Lime Cilantro. Light, healthy, and totally yummy.
4. Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. Looking for something to warm you up? Here’s a fantastic way to change up your chicken noodle soup routine for the winter. It’s as cozy a bowl of soup can get.