An illustration showing the layers of the classic pad see ew Thai stir fry: wide rice noodles, chicken, egg, chinese broccoli (gai lan), garlic, white pepper, and pad see ew sauce made with equal parts sugar, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and light soy sauce.

The Pad See Ew Blueprint

Understand the recipe with this base framework. Then, feel free to check out the chicken & mushroom versions of the dish.

2-3 servings

Time: 45 mins

Keith McBrayerBy Keith McBrayer

This recipe framework first appeared in The Mouthful, our weekly food newsletter for the curious home cook.

Use this base recipe to understand the classic Thai stir fry, but then feel free to change up the toppings and/or flavor profiles as you see fit. You'll find a few variations on this website.

Keith McBrayer

Keith McBrayer



  • 1/2 part sauce

    • soy sauce
      equal amount25 g
    • dark soy sauce
      equal amount25 g
    • oyster sauce
      equal amount25 g
    • sugar
      equal amount25 g
  • 1/8 part aromatics

    • garlic
      , thinly sliced
      3-4 cloves
    • white pepper
      to taste
    • salt
      to taste
    • cooking oil
      for stir frying
  • 1 part noodles

    • wide rice noodles
      ~1/2 lb~225 g
  • 1-2 parts protein & vegetables

    • protein of choice
      , thinly sliced
      ~1/2 lb~225 g
    • chinese broccoli
      , roughly chopped
      ~1/2 lb~225 g
    • eggs
      , beaten


Step 1: Prep noodles & sauce

Cook or soak the noodles according to package directions, drain, and set aside. Mix all sauce components until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2: Stir fry the protein & vegetables

In batches, use a bit of oil and high heat to the egg, sliced protein, and vegetables until cooked through and lightly . Add each batch to a large bowl on this side.

Step 3: Bring it together

Lastly, the garlic in a bit of oil. Add the drained noodles and some sauce to the pan, which should start sizzling and a bit. Add the reserved vegetables and proteins and to combine.

Step 4: Adjust & serve

If the noodles are dry, add more sauce as needed. Taste and season with white pepper and salt, if needed. Enjoy warm.



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