Pad See Ew (Thai Flat Noodles Stir-fried in Soy Sauce)

Pad See Ew (Thai Stir-fried Noodles) – A very popular noodle dish right up there with Pad Thai. A sweet-salty sauce all soaked up by the noodles then allowed to caramelize in the wok makes this one delicious dish. Easy to make and cooks really fast, it’s dinner or snack in no time!

In just a matter of days my cookbook is coming out. On June 11, 2019 to be exact!

Wow, I still cannot believe it’s gonna happen as this time last year I almost thought I would not be able to make it. I remember often telling myself last year when I was getting exhausted with all the work I had to do, “Think about next year, this time next year, it would all be done and book would be coming out.”

I often had to remind myself of this! Truly this has helped and ultimately by God’s grace, the laborious part of making the book is done. Lord-willing, it should be out by June 11! Woohoo!

So for the next few days, until the book is out, I thought I’d give you one more free recipe to try.

And nothing could be better than Thai’s favorite noodle dish – Pad See Ew! Yes, you read that right! Did you think it was Pad Thai? While Pad Thai is definitely popular and a huge favorite too, the locals actually eat this more.

In fact, I heard somewhere, perhaps during my last visit to Thailand, that Pad See Ew (which literally means Fried Soy Sauce!) is the favorite for lunch among Thai people. So, while internationally Pad Thai may be more popular, locally this is the favorite.

I can imagine why –  there’s something comforting about the sweet-salty taste of the sauce all soaked up by the fresh noodles that are then stir-fried in high heat so it gets a little bit of caramelization in the process and some charring which brings out some smokiness to the dish! Are you hungry yet?

If you haven’t tried Pad See Ew yet, then you’re in for a treat! The best thing about Pad See Ew is that it doesn’t require anything too exotic, just the usual seasoning for any Thai or Southeast Asian dish which you can easily find in any Asian store or even in the Asian section of your grocery.

Wide fresh noodles are best for this but if you don’t have access to it – dried Thai flat noodles are fine too. You simply need to soften them first before cooking. But if you have an Asian store nearby, then by all means get the fresh noodles as they are just so yummy for this!

But it’s not just the free recipe I am giving away to day but I am also announcing a true GIVEAWAY!



So essentially, I am giving away:

  1. $75 Amazon Gift Card
  2. Signed book plate that you can stick to the Rice. Noodles. Yum. cookbook and make it into a signed copy
  3. Bonus: Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredient Cookbook (signed copy! Yes, I requested him to sign it when I met him last January)
  4. Or, if you prefer this instead: a hand hammered high quality  steel carbon wok so you’re ready to cook your noodle dishes when you get Rice. Noodles. Yum!


What do you have to do to enter the give away? Super-easy!

  1. Between now until June 10, preorder a copy of Rice. Noodles. Yum. on Amazon.
  2. Take your receipt, snap a photo of it with your phone or camera (or a screenshot) and send me a copy via email – – as proof of purchase.
  3. On June 10,  shortly before midnight, I will have a raffle and choose 1 winner who will be notified via email.
  4. Then, I will send the above gifts. Easy-peasy.

Only for US residents please and do confirm in the email that you are above 18 years of age. 


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This is just my way of thanking all of you for your support in preordering Rice. Noodles. Yum.

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Pad See Ew (Thai Flat Noodles Stir-fried in Soy Sauce)

Manila Spoon
Pad See Ew (Thai Stir-fried Noodles) – A very popular noodle dish right up there with Pad Thai. A sweet salty sauce all soaked up by the noodles then allowed to caramelize in the wok makes this one delicious dish. Easy to make and cooks really fast, it's dinner or snack in no time!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Thailand
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz chicken breast, halved lengthwise and then thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 10 oz Ho Fun or flat and wide fresh rice noodles 
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil of choice, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 stalks gai lan (Chinese broccoli) or broccoli rabe, thick bottom stalk cut off with leaves and thin stalks sliced to about 2 inches (5 cm) long
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • This noodle dish cooks very quickly, so everything must be ready and at hand once you start to cook.
  • Mix together the dark soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. Marinate the sliced chicken in the soy sauce for at least 10 minutes.
  • Refresh the fresh noodles with cold water and separate the threads if needed to avoid clumping. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of oil in a nonstick wok or large skillet on medium– high heat. Fry the chicken for about 3 minutes or until fully cooked. Transfer the cooked chicken to a bowl and set aside. Remove the wok from the heat and wipe clean.
  • Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of oil in the cleaned wok and return to medium–high heat. Add the garlic and cook until very aromatic. Add the egg, let set for several seconds, then scramble. Add the chopped gai lan and mix with the egg.

  • Add the noodles and the sauce to the pan. Stir everything quickly to ensure the noodles are fully coated with the sauce. Let the noodles sit undisturbed for about 30 seconds. You want the noodles to char a little underneath to get that caramelized flavor. Flip or toss the noodles to allow the top portion to char, too. Leave undisturbed for another 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the pan and give the mixture another quick stir. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with some freshly ground pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.


Fresh rice noodles (ho fun) are great for this dish. You can find these flat and wide rice noodles at Asian stores either in the refrigerated or frozen section. If you cannot find fresh or frozen noodles, simply use extra-large dried Thai rice noodles available in Asian stores and soak them in room temperature water for about an hour or until softened.
Keyword Flat Noodles, Pad Sew Ew, Soy sauce, Thai Noodle Stir-fry
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Last updated on June 25th, 2024 at 10:55 am



  1. Rhonda
    June 2, 2019 / 12:03 am

    One of my top favorite Thai dishes. Thanks for the recipe!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 12:41 pm

      So glad to know that and hope you enjoy making it!

  2. alyssa
    June 7, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    This is my FAVORITE restaurant dish!! I made your version last night and it was spot-on — soooooo good!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 1:18 pm

      Aww! You totally made my day and I love that you enjoyed this. Truly one of my favorite Thai noodle dishes! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Suzy
    June 7, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good! I know I’m eating something truly authentic every time!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      So glad you like it. It is authentic and yummy indeed. Thank you!

  4. Demeter
    June 7, 2019 / 2:12 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds like such a flavorful dish! Loving all of the items in your giveaway too!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:04 pm

      It is truly loaded with flavors! Hope you check it out. Thanks!

  5. June 7, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    5 stars
    I’d take this over take out any day! Adding to the list.

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:04 pm

      So much better than take-out and so easy to make, too. Thanks!

  6. Jessica Formicola
    June 7, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never had pad see ew, but this looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      I think you would absolutely love this! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Mary
    June 7, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    5 stars
    I loved this! It was delicious!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting us know.

  8. June 7, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    5 stars
    This was such a flavorful dish; served it for dinner and had smiling faces all around the table! Delicious!

    • abigail
      June 7, 2019 / 4:06 pm

      It can certainly bring a smile to the face! Glad you like it. Thanks!

  9. Natalya
    January 12, 2021 / 2:49 am

    5 stars
    I have tried multiple recipes online for this recipe & you have mastered it! Living overseas it can be hard to find good Thai restaurants. This is my GO TO for this recipe. The sweet and savory flavor is perfectly balanced with your ratios, as well as the amount of sauce. We have this at least once a week!

    • abigail
      January 12, 2021 / 10:04 am

      Yay! So glad to know this. My family loves this recipe too and they are always happy when I make this. Thanks for kindly letting us know.

5 from 13 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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