Pad see what? Pad say who?… Pad see ew (or pad si-io) is a popular stir fried noodle dish in Thailand made with egg, dark soy sauce and vegetables. I practically lived off this dish after accidentally marooning myself on a remote Thai island. When I say ‘accidentally’ I don’t mean I took a wrong turn and ended up shipwrecked like Tom Hanks. I mean, I accidentally (and very drunkly) booked a month of volunteer work saving turtles on Koh Phra Thong. Not really sure how many turtles I saved but I did eat lots of amazing Thai food and this was my favourite… How has it taken me 3 years to finally make it? I guess the one I order from Deliveroo is pretty good, but I can’t have Deliveroo everyday, I’m not Kanye West.
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Pad see ew
Serves 1 / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 25 mins / V Vn Df
You’ll need: A wok
100g Thai flat rice noodles (I got mine from an Asian supermarket but you can get them in some supermarkets such as Waitrose)
1 tbs light soy sauce
1½ tbs dark soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
½ tsp sugar
Small carrot, peeled and sliced
75g tender-stem broccoli (small handful)
4 leaves of pak choi, sliced
1. Cook the flat rice noodles according to the package instructions before draining and rinsing throughly in cold water. Put to one side.
2. Slice 2 garlic cloves and peel and slice the carrot into thin rounds. Half the tender-stem broccoli and slice the pak choy into long strips.
3. Put your work on a medium to high heat and add 1 tsp of sesame oil. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute before adding the noodles and the vegetables. Give it a good quick stir and pour over 1 tbs of light soy sauce, 1½ tbs of dark soy sauce and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of sugar.
4. Keep the contents of the wok moving and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Don’t worry if the mixture sticks to the wok a bit, you want a sticky, slightly charred flavour. Continue to stir vigorously and chip away at any sticky bits – if however it’s sticking too much for your liking, add a dash off water to help loosen it up. Try not to over cook the vegetables, it’s nice to leave them a bit crunchy.
5. Once the vegetables are cooked, move them to one side of the pan and crack the egg into the other, leave for a few seconds to set slightly and then mix into the rest of the noodles until evenly distributed and cooked.
6. Turn out onto a bowl and devour immediately.
If you’ve had a go at making my pad see ew or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org
V– Vegetarian Vn– Vegan Df– Dairy free