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:
Thai Stir Fry Noodles - Pad See Ew
For the Sauce:
- 3 TB soy sauce* or Tamari sauce, gluten-free
- 1 TB pure honey
- 4 TB Asian oyster sauce
- 1 TB Asian rice vinegar
- 2 TB granulated sugar
For Stir Fry:
- 14 oz dry wide-cut Asian rice noodles*
- 4 TB canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 large raw boneless/skinless chicken breast, sliced into bite-size pieces and tossed with 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 entire bunch of clean spinach leaves
- Optional: Sriracha for serving, if you like some heat!
- In a bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and whisk to combine well. Set aside.
- Soak or prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large wok, add oil and garlic. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 30 sec. Take care that garlic doesn't burn. Add seasoned/sliced chicken and stir well, about 1 minute. Push browned chicken to edges of wok, leaving a center well. There should still be plenty of oil in the center; add 1-2 TB oil if it's dry. Crack eggs one at a time into center well. Stir eggs in center until fully scrambled. Add drained rice noodles to the chicken/egg mixture. Add the sauce evenly over noodle mixture.
- Using long chopsticks or spatula, gently toss noodle mixture so it's fully coated in sauce. Add spinach leaves and stir just to wilt. Remove from heat immediately, and serve while hot. Serve with Sriracha on the side, if desired.
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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.