- 1 lb Chinese broccoli (If Chinese broccoli is tough to find where you live, try kale or regular broccoli.)
- 1 tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce (Dark soy sauce gives the noodles the color while light soy sauce seasons the dish.)
- 1 egg
- 1 lb Fresh Flat Rice Noodles
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced pork, or chicken, or shrimp, or firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Pad See Ew is a dish that can be found at almost any Thai restaurant, be it roadside or up-market. Around the XploreAsia office its favorite and right up there with the Gra Pows and Fried Rices in terms of good go-tos. It’s not spicy so it can be enjoyed by those with a more delicate palette 😉
So, firstly prepping, of which there isn’t too much; If your rice noodles have not yet been cut into strips then you may want to cut them into length pieces around 2cm wide, but many Thais do enjoy large squares of noodles. Either way is fine as long as you can fit it into your mouth. Ensure that your noodles are supple and not frozen or stiff before cooking them, and if so just throw them in the microwave for a few seconds. Next you’ll want to cut your broccoli lengthwise to make it quicker to cook.
Turn your wok on! Add two tablespoons of oil, drop that garlic like it’s hot, and stir. Now add the pork (or whatever you’re using) until just cooked or has gone a nice light brown, then add your noodles and stir them to loosen it all up. Add your light and dark soy sauces and maybe a tablespoon or two of water if you feel inclined to lighten the mix. Sprinkle in the sugar.
Stir the ingredients until its somewhat evenly mixed and then, slap bang in the middle, you’ll want to crack open that egg and drop it. Now stir and flip the mix as to scramble the egg and have it equally distributed and only just cooked (not watery anymore). After that you can add your broccoli. If you have a little wok then add half, cook that, and then add the other half. If you have a boss-wok then just chuck the lot in! Wait till the broccoli is cooked and then serve!
Don’t forget to TURN OFF THE WOK! Enjoy!