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Pad Siew (recipe adapted from

I used to order take-out Thai food all the time and pad siew (pronounced pad “see you”)  was a perennial favorite, right after pad thai and lard nar. Nowadays I make it myself. This tasty pad siew packs a punch of flavor, but it is not for the unmotivated chef, as it contains a litany of ingredients. However, I think it is well worth the extra effort. If you can find an asian grocery store that stocks fresh wide noodles you are especially in for a treat.



  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch (or substitute corn starch)
  • 1 tablespoon rice cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black soy sauce (also called dark sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots

other ingredients

  • 1 pound thinly sliced chicken, beef, or pork
  • 16 ounces fresh wide rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sweet dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Thai bird chili peppers (prik ki nu) – optional


In a medium size bowl combine all of the marinade ingredients and add the meat. Allow it to marinate for an hour.

In another medium bowl separate the noodles and gently toss with sweet dark soy sauce. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, palm sugar, and oyster sauce, and set aside to allow the palm sugar to soften.

Heat a large wok or non-stick frying pan over high heat until almost smoking. Add oil and fry the marinated meat until it begins to brown. Gently fold in the noodles. Add broccoli and stir again. Push the contents of the pan to one side and add eggs. Just before the eggs set, fold them in. Add fish sauce, palm sugar, and oyster sauce mixture, and toss well. Cook until broccoli is crisp tender.

Sprinkle with pepper. If desired, top with some Thai bird chili peppers.

Prep note: Be careful not to overcook the fresh wide rice noodles or they will tear apart. Dried wide rice stick noodles can be substituted for fresh, but you will first need to soak them in warm water for a half hour before frying.

Other Thai Favorites

Michael’s Crazy Chicken Rice Noodle Stir Fry
Authentic Shrimp Pad Thai
Thai Style Wide Noodles in Gravy (Lard Nar)

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