Pad See Ew with Sweet Peppers

Last week I decided to learn how to make one of my favorite Thai food takeout meals, Pad See Ew.  Pad See Ew  is a stir fry made with wide rice noodles in a soy based sauce, a salty-savory cousin to Pad Thai. I used fish sauce but I go pretty light on this pungent ingredient as I find a little goes a long way, but increase the amount if you’re so inclined.  The same goes for the chili pepper. I used a tiny one and it provided the right amount of heat for me.

 I made a vegetarian version (I usually make myself vegetarian dinners when Joe is out of town) but this would be great with thinly sliced chicken or beef or even ground pork.  I used sweet peppers as my main veggie but I think next time I’ll change things up with broccoli, sliced carrots and bok choy.  You should be able to find rice stick noodles in the Asian section of your grocery store.  The final results were delicious and on the table in less than 20 minutes, far less time than it would take to drive to drive to The Thai Cafe. This was great reheated the next day for lunch.  DSC_0469

What to buy (serves 2):

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 6-8 sweet peppers, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1⁄2 cup Thai basil leaves
  • 1 red Thai chile, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 ounces wide rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

What to do:

  • 3whisk together fish sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar, set aside
  • heat canola oil in a large pan over medium-high heat
  • when oil is shimmering, add garlic and Thai chile, cook, stirring, until chile is softening, 3-5 minutes
  • meanwhile, add rice noodles to pot of boiling water and immediately remove from heat
  • allow noodles to stand until tender, about 6 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water for 30 seconds to stop cooking, set aside
  • add onion and sweet peppers to pan with garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes
  • add rice noodles and soy sauce mixture and stir to combine until noodles are warmed and everything is well mixed
  • remove pan from heat and stir in Thai basil
  • taste and add salt and pepper as needed, serve hot

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