Pad See-Ew: Thai Stir-Fried Noodles with Dark Soy Sauce

What is Pad See-Ew?

Pad See-Ew (stir-fried big flat noodles with black soy sauce) is a popular food in Thailand. It is a food that is usually Pad See-Ewon the menu of every restaurant that sells stir-fried noodles. The cooking style is similar to fried noodles, but with sweet black soy sauce added and using kale as the main vegetable ingredient.  This dish is usually made with big flat rice noodles. The most popular meats used are chicken or pork and eggs are also often included. Seasoned with soy sauce, sugar, and fish sauce and stir-fried in a high-heat pan or wok. The general flavour of fried noodles is sweet and sour with dried chilli an optional extra for those who like spice.  Parawan’s Thai Home cooking classes with show you an easy step-by-step method to cook the dish at home.

 If you’ve lived in Thailand for an extended period of your life, then you know what Pad See-Ew is and wouldn’t even mind eating it on a daily basis. Pad See Ew is a very popular meal in Thailand and everyone in the country loves this food, it's fair to say it's a staple dish for Thai people all over the country.

It consists of stir-fried big and flat noodles that are combined with black soy sauce. The Pad See-Ew can be found on most restaurant menus in the country. It’s a very popular meal as mentioned earlier and most restaurants will sell stir-fried noodle dishes, so preparing Pad See-Ew or another fried noodle dish like Pad Kee-Mao doesn't require stocking lots of different ingredients.

When preparing Pad See-Ew the key defining ingredients for this dish are black soy sauce and kale. That’s the main difference between Pad See-Ew and other fried noodle dishes for those wondering what gives this dish its identity.

Pad See-Ew, is also sometimes spelt as Phat Si-io and Pad Siew.  I will teach you which are the main ingredients to use and which alternative ingredients can be included or excluded and my Thai cooking class will help you to learn how to make a perfect Pad See-Ew meal.

As already mentioned, this Thai fried rice noodle dish is cooked with soy sauce, meat, and vegetables and can also be made with seafood. Pad means fried, while See-Ew means soy sauce in Thailand. So, the Pad See-Ew literally means fried soy sauce in the Thai language. As for the origin of Pad See-Ew, this meal originates from a Chinese recipe, which has been adapted to incorporate the local Thai flavours.

When visiting Thailand, you’ll find Pad See-Ew sold on the streets by food vendors at markets or even small cart stalls at the side of the road. It’s definitely one of the tastiest and most satisfying meals the country has to offer.  It's simple and yet delicious as you'll find out the first time you taste it and it's a quick meal to prepare which makes it an ideal meal to learn to make at home.

The Sauces in Pad See-EwPad See Ew Ingredients

Black soy sauce isn’t the only type of seasoning that’s used in preparing this Thai stir-fried noodle dish. There are different types of sauces that are included in the Pad See-Ew meal, which are:

  • Oyster sauce
  • Thai sweet soy sauce
  • Fish sauce (When making this dish as a Vegetarian or Vegan option then this isn't included)

There are a few different seasonings that are present in Pad See-Ew. So learning to make this dish with someone like me who has many years of experience in preparing the dish will ensure that you end up with a great-tasting meal, however, if you don't blend these together properly then you can end up with some untasty results. When you take my Thai cooking class and make this dish with me you'll definitely learn how to make great Pad See-Ew every time.

I'll explain how to check your dish as you are cooking it and how to adjust the taste to your own preference by adjusting the different ingredients, it doesn't matter if you have no previous cooking experience. When you come to my Thai cooking school, you can learn to make Pad See-Ew the right way. This means that you won’t be on a trial-and-error mission when you set out to achieve your goal of making this meal.



The history of Pad See-Ew

Pad See Ew is a popular Thai dish that is usually made up of stir-fried wide rice noodles, chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp, with egg, Chinese broccoli, and a sweet soy sauce. It is believed that the dish was invented by Chinese immigrants who moved to Thailand in the early 1900s. The original recipe was most likely a combination of both Chinese and Thai flavours, using local Chinese broccoli as well as soy sauce. Over time, the dish has become an integral part of Thai cuisine and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.


 Pad See Ew


Ingredients you will need if you are taking an online class

● Meat (Chicken, pork, prawn) or tofu for vegetarian
● Egg
● Big flat noodles
● Kale: Chinese kale
● Vegetables you like (carrot, baby corn)
● Garlic crushed
● Cooking Oil
● Sugar
● Dark soy sauce
● Soy sauce
● Oyster sauce
● Black pepper


Benefits of Taking a Thai Cooking Class to learn to make Pad See-Ew

Not only can a Thai cooking class teach you how to cook the Pad See-Ew but you’ll also learn more about this meal, including its origin.

That said, here are the benefits of enrolling on a cooking class with me at my Thai cooking school:

  • 1. Better Eating

Taking cooking lessons will help you eat better and healthier because you’ll be in charge of the entire cooking process. By doing so, you’ll be able to control the spices and select only the best ingredients.

  • 2. Make Healthy Meals

Yes, taking a Thai cooking class can also help you make healthier meals as opposed to what you were accustomed to before. You’ll learn about the healthiest form of ingredients that you can use to make different types of meals.

So, you’ll be able to control exactly what you eat as you'll know what all of the ingredients are and this usually results in making better, tastier, and healthier meals, which can only be positive for your health.

  • 3. Improve Kitchen Skills

Regardless of the meal that you are learning to make, taking cooking classes will help you improve your kitchen skills tremendously. When learning how to cook, you’ll notice that there’s always an order to follow.

This will start to be reflected in your kitchen by the things you shop for as you'll start buying ingredients that will then allow you to come up with proper meals as you'll understand what base ingredients you need to keep in stock to allow you to make a variety of different meals.

  • 4. It’s Fun

If you love cooking, then taking a Thai cooking class to learn how to make Pad See-Ew will be a fun experience. You’ll put your hobby into practice and always come up with the things you love.