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Apr 05 2010

Beef Pad See Ew (Thai Rice Noodles)

Published by at 9:18 pm under Cooking at Home,thai

Whenever we go to a Thai restaurant, we almost always order a dish called Pad See Ew, which is a soy-sauce flavored, stir-fried rice noodles with vegetables, eggs, and a choice of meat – either chicken, beef, or pork. This is probably the 2nd most popular noodle dish at Thai restaurants, next to its counterpart, Pad Thai. If you’ve been following our blog for the past few months, you’ll see that we’ve been attempting a lot of Thai dishes at home, like Tom Yum Gai and Thai Beef Salad. Nevertheless, here is another attempt from The Food Addicts to cook Thai cuisine – Beef Pad See Ew (pronounced pad see yoo). There’s nothing “eww” about this dish!

What I like about Pad See Ew is that it’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Another great note is that it’s cheap to make! A bag of cooked rice noodles goes for about $2.50 and the cost of the meat and veggies are quite minimal. Yet you end up with a huge plate of noodles that can feed a lot of people, or you can save it as leftovers for several meals. Take a look at our version below and try experimenting with your own personal touches!

I wanted to take a photo of the packaging so if you go to the Asian supermarket, you know what to look for. These rice noodles are already cooked, so that cuts your cooking time down. This is a whole 2 lbs of rice noodles! And each serving is only 45 calories (serves about 6).

The only time-consuming part of dealing with these cooked noodles is that you have to peel them until they are completely separated. It's best if you buy the noodles and keep it room temperature so the noodles are soft. If you happen to refrigerate it and it's too hard to peel, just put it in the microwave for about a minute to warm it up.

We chose to use beef (skirt steak) in our Pad See Ew, but you can add chicken or pork instead. We happened to have the beef marinating overnight with some soy sauce, plum sake, sesame oil, and garlic. This is optional and not necessary, but if you have the chance, it's always better to marinate the meat for added flavor.

We sauteed 2 cups of broccoli and 3 small carrots (shredded) until they got soft (about 7 minutes). To speed up the cooking time, add some chicken stock or water and cover the pan so it steams the veggies. Make sure it evaporates before adding the 2 eggs in the center of the pan (like shown). Scramble these eggs until just cooked, and mix it all together with the veggies.

Meanwhile, we cooked the beef in a separate pan until they're just about cooked through. Then we added the beef to the pan with the vegetables so all the flavors incorporate.

Before adding the noodles into the pan, I like to microwave it for a minute to get it warm so that it doesn't need to stay in the pan too long. The 2 lbs. of rice noodles gets added to the veggies and beef. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of light soy sauce with 2 tbsp brown sugar. Pour this into the pan and mix it together, trying not to break up the noodles too much. Taste the noodles at this point and add more soy sauce if you like it saltier (we added an extra 2 tbsp of soy sauce), because some people prefer it sweeter. Season with pepper.

The marinated beef really rocked this dish, so we highly recommend that. But overall, the flavors are great because you get a nice complete meal of carbs, meat, and veggies. (Add some hot chili sauce or pickled green chilies for a spicy kick). This may look harder than you think, but it's really simple once you get the hang of the steps and process. If at first you don't succeed, keep trying! You'll be glad you finally perfected it so you can make it again and again with different ingredients. Good luck!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here:   Beef Pad See Ew (Thai Rice Noodles)

45 responses so far

45 Responses to “Beef Pad See Ew (Thai Rice Noodles)”

  1. lanon 05 Apr 2010 at 9:42 pm show me how to make pad thai

  2. thefoodaddictson 05 Apr 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Haha, okay. Our next goal for Thai food will be Pad Thai!

  3. MaryMohon 05 Apr 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I can have this any time….looks delicious.

  4. cakebrainon 05 Apr 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Yummo! I love Thai food but my kids can’t eat it ’cause it’s too hot :(
    I have an absolute loathing for cooking my own rice noodles because it either turns out too mushy or the noodles end up in little pieces. I have a feeling that this happens because I don’t add enough oil to the pan. But your looks fantastic! I’ll have to try your microwave technique

  5. Liren {Kitchen Worthy}on 05 Apr 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Mmmmmm! I love Thai, especially Pad Thai, but THIS is my father in law’s favorite Thai dish! The next time he’s in town I will definitely try making it for him!!

  6. Altaon 06 Apr 2010 at 5:26 am

    My husband, the disliker of most Asian foods, really enjoys Pad See Ew when I drag him to our favorite Thai restaurant. Awesome that I could make it at home too!

  7. 5 Star Foodieon 06 Apr 2010 at 6:14 am

    I love Thai noodles and these sound so wonderful with beef, a terrific dish I’d love to make!

  8. Hannaon 06 Apr 2010 at 6:19 am

    This looks very yummy for a quick meals…I might have to add some shrimps in it too since my hubby like seafood in his noodles.

  9. Noelle @ Opera Singer in Kitchenon 06 Apr 2010 at 7:41 am

    I like the presentation and the step by step instructions. I love working woth rice noodles!

  10. Sandyon 06 Apr 2010 at 7:48 am

    I can’t wait to try to recreate this dish next week! Thanks for the recipe guys! :)

  11. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableon 06 Apr 2010 at 7:57 am

    It’s midnight, I’m hungry and I want THAT!!! Damned screen….always getting in the way ;)

  12. Alisaon 06 Apr 2010 at 8:24 am

    Oh wow that looks fabulous! Anything with rice noodles is the perfect meal to me :)

  13. Simply Lifeon 06 Apr 2010 at 8:37 am

    YUM! I love thai food!

  14. redkathyon 06 Apr 2010 at 9:37 am

    Oh my gosh, I never knew anything about working with rice noodles but I love to eat them. This looks superb! Thanks for the tasty recipe and specific instructions with a fabulous display!

  15. Cynthiaon 06 Apr 2010 at 10:03 am

    Wow this looks great! I love thai food and those rice noodles are one of my favourite kinds of noodles! Looks like a great, quick and easy recipe! :)

  16. Gjinon 06 Apr 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Brings back memories of my mum’s cook dish! Just that she didn’t realised she did it in Thai style ;)

  17. Cooking Rookieon 06 Apr 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Mmm, looks yummy!

  18. graceon 06 Apr 2010 at 1:09 pm

    i’m a thai food virgin, both in eating it and preparing it. that said, i’m now very nearly inspired to go round up these ingredients to take care of both of those issues immediately!

  19. Elle (Bromography)on 06 Apr 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I order this dish in restaurants all the time. Now I can try it myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  20. thefoodaddictson 06 Apr 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Do tell us how it comes out if you try our recipe! Remember to modify it based on how you like the saltiness/sweetness of the noodles!

  21. bunkycookson 06 Apr 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love Thai dishes and this one looks great! I may even kick up the heat a notch when I make it!

  22. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipeson 06 Apr 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Oh looks so good! I love those wide noodles. Yum!

  23. connieon 06 Apr 2010 at 3:48 pm

    This so delicious and easy to make. It’s also a complete meal

    All you need to add are drinks.

  24. citronetvanilleon 06 Apr 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hmmm looks delicious! great combo and pictures!

  25. Sashaon 06 Apr 2010 at 4:52 pm

    That looks so yummy. Beautiful photography, too!

  26. tigerfishon 06 Apr 2010 at 5:04 pm

    You do the Pad See Ew so perfectly….how you surround the pan with broccoli and that egg in the center etc. ….such a meticulous chef! My stove and kitchen would have turned messy if I ever make this dish.

  27. sweetlifeon 06 Apr 2010 at 5:55 pm

    great dish…love rice noodles..


  28. Chef Eon 06 Apr 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Yum! I had something like this for lunch but with Spinach, yours looks great! I am craving Asian food so much lately!

  29. TasteHongKongon 06 Apr 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I love fried noodles that are less oil-laden, yours looks clean and nicely done.

  30. Eddieon 07 Apr 2010 at 3:31 am

    Pad See Ew is one of my favorite dishes of all-time! Did you cook this in a wok or do you have a really hot burner? Were you able to get the slightly charred noodle taste that restaurant pad see ew dishes have?

  31. noobcookon 07 Apr 2010 at 6:46 am

    I’m convinced that this plate is super yummy from the photos. what a great meal!

  32. thefoodaddictson 07 Apr 2010 at 7:50 am

    Hi Eddie, I used a regular large non-stick pan instead of a wok. I didn’t cook it to the point that the noodles got a little charred, although that is definitely doable if I kept cooking it longer. I’m sure the restaurants use a wok to speed up the cooking time! Thanks for your suggestion on charring the noodles… I’ll have to try that and see if I can get that effect next time.

  33. Katie @ Cozydeliciouson 07 Apr 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I love pad see ew! But I’ve never tried to make it at home. You make it look easy enough, though. I thik I’ll hav eto give it a shot! Thank you!

  34. web designon 08 Apr 2010 at 12:04 am

    There are many people like thai rice noodles in our country.

  35. Cynthiaon 08 Apr 2010 at 8:46 am

    I want to come to your place and eat!

  36. Rochelle (Acquired Taste)on 08 Apr 2010 at 11:13 am

    That right there is a big plate of yum!

  37. Carolyn Jungon 08 Apr 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I’d like to dig my chopsticks into that right now. Nothing better than chewy, fat Asian rice noodles smothered in tasty beef.

  38. Lorion 10 Apr 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’ve really been missing our time in Thailand recently so I am all about noodle dishes. This looks delicious. I haven’t tried cooking with rice noodles myself yet, so this is a great way to get started.

  39. Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake)on 14 Apr 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I love Pad See Ew but I’ve never made it at home. I found your blog and saw this recipe and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Michelleon 19 Apr 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I love Pad See Ew but I’ve never made it at home. I found your blog and saw this recipe and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Shelleon 31 Aug 2010 at 5:34 pm

    My bf is having trouble explaining what he wants when buying the rice noodles at the asian market… are they in the refrigerated section? Do they have a specific name?


  42. sylvia kinneeon 04 Sep 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I marinated some rare leftover eye of round roast in an Asian marinade, overnigth. Then made this recipe. It was so delicious and easy. I totally recommend this recipe. It was wonderful, without a lot of fuss. Must add I bought wide rice noodles and prepared them according to direction I googled. All came out simply wonderful!


  43. thefoodaddictson 19 Sep 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Shelle,

    They are labeled “Rice Noodle”

    Daniel @ The Food Addicts

  44. Pad See Ew | Dorsey Kitchenon 09 Jun 2011 at 10:12 pm

    [...] I decided I wanted to make pad see ew, I started with this recipe.  Then I stole some ideas from here.  The biggest change I made was how I was cooking the tofu.  The first few run-throughs, the tofu [...]

  45. Rushna Bassalon 09 Jul 2011 at 7:50 pm

    This looks delicious and is making me super hungry! I am going to try this soon :D Btw thank you for the recipe!

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