Pad See Ew – Thai Wide Rice Noodle Stir Fry {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Pad See Ew – Thai Wide Rice Noodle Stir Fry {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Pad See Ew is a classic Thai noodle dish made with wide rice noodles that simply melt right in your mouth. With the medley of sauces turning into a glaze and coating the noodles you will find this dish simply irresistible. Gluten-Free and can be made vegan.

Pad See Ew

I’ve been reading a few heavy books lately. It started with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man which reveals how developed countries exploit the undeveloped world for their own gains and how the “global empire” is booming and causing distress to local communities worldwide. From there I started reading The Shock Doctrine – which details the history of torture techniques – meant to ‘shock’ the body and how this has turned into disaster capitalism, with natural/economic/political disasters ‘shocking’ an economy and capitalists profiting off of this.

Needless to say this hasn’t exactly been light reading.

So for a change I needed something a bit simpler. A bit of romance but nothing too too corny or over the top. On The Island seemed perfect. Not exactly carefree reading, as the protagonists get stranded on an uninhabited island after their sea pilot suffers a heart attack, the book is a quick read though and highly enjoyable.

Sometimes a lighter fiction, love story is what you need.

And a lighter quicker meal is the perfect accompaniment.

So I present to you Pad See Ew – quite simply my all time favorite noodle dish. This Thai dish is made with fresh thick rice noodles which are quickly stir fried with a few sauce ingredients and veggies or meat. It’s easy, quick and just melts right in your mouth. My favorite Thai noodle dish used to be the classic Pad Thai, but  that dish can take a back seat now that I have discovered this even more tender and delicately delicious noodle dish.

What I love love love about Pad see ew is that is used thick rice noodles. I mean they are at least an inch thick and when you’re using fresh noodles, you cook in minutes if not seconds, and are so soft they simply melt right on your tongue. Seriously my new favorite Thai dish.

With the few minutes it takes to make Pad See Ew, you’ll be back to your summer (spring?) reading in no time.

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Pad See Ew - Thai Wide Rice Noodle Stir Fry
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A simple yet delicious Thai noodle dish made with fresh wide rice noodles which melt right in your mouth! Add some veggies, sauce and protein and the dish comes together instantly!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 1
  • ¾ cup fresh wide rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon smashed and chopped Thai garlic with skin (or regular garlic without skin)
  • 1-2 smashed and chopped chilies, to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped chicken/meat/tofu/shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (substitute soy sauce for vegan/vegetarian version)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (gluten free tamari for gluten free version)
  • ¼ teaspoon black soy sauce (thick and slightly sweet, substitute with molasses)
  • ¼ cup sweet basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup kale, in thin slices (optional - add sliced carrots)
  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot and boil noodles for 30 seconds. Rinse with cold water
  2. In a wok heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and chilies and lightly stir fry, making sure not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add chicken/meat/tofu/shrimp and stir fry until cooked through. Add kale and lightly stir fry until slightly wilted.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add fish sauce, sugar, stir, then add soy sauce and black soy sauce. Mix well. Add noodles and toss until mixed through.

Recipe from Grandma’s Thai Recipes 
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  1. Juliet says

    This is my all-time favorite Thai dish. I’m excited to try making it myself, even though my noodle shop makes it so perfectly!

  2. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says

    This looks amazing! Pad see ew is one of my favorite things to order when we get Thai takeout – now I can try to make my own!

    • Vicky says

      One of my favorite Thai dishes too. I was so excited to learn how to make this dish in a cooking class. Hope you try making it at home — I think the key is finding those wide rice noodles (preferably fresh not dried if you can).

    • Vicky says

      You should be able to find the noodles at an Asian supermarket. They are thick wide rice noodles, a bit thicker than the standard Pad Thai style noodles. Hope you are able to find them! They can be difficult to find, I’ve never seen them in a regular supermarket but only in Asian grocery stores.

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