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Basic Pad See Ew

  • Author: Jessica Smith
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


This basic version of a popular Thai noodle dish uses only a few ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. palm sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz/ 340 g fresh, wide rice noodles (about 2 cups packed)
  • 20 leaves fresh basil


  1. Whisk together garlic, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook just until it begins to soften, approximately 30 seconds. Add prepared sauce, heating until sauce begins to boil (if the wok is hot enough this should happen almost immediately). Add noodles and basil, stirring vigorously to coat in sauce. When basil begins to wilt and noodles have begun to brown on the bottom of the wok, 2-3 minutes, remove wok from heat. Serve immediately.


Dry rice noodles (often labeled “rice stick noodles”) can be substituted for fresh noodles. Replace the 12 oz of fresh noodles with 6 oz (170 g) dry rice noodles. Boil the dry noodles in water just until they become tender. Rinse and drain the noodles well before continuing with the recipe below.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
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