Vegan Pad See Ew
Since we aren’t eating in restaurants because of covid, I decided to try making the things we’d normally order in restaurants, but at home. My husband used to always order Pad See Ew and though I never had it, I went on Pinterest to find a version I could make at home that was also vegan.
I came across this recipe https://woonheng.com/vegan-pad-see-ew/#recipe and made a few changes because that’s just how I am. But 100% credit to Woon Heng for this delicious recipe!
Vegan Pad See Ew
- 1 lb wide rice noodles I used Four Elephants brand from amazon
- 2 packages tofu
- 12 cloves garlic
- 1 package frozen broccoli heated in microwave
- vegetable oil for cooking
- 10 tbsp tamari
- 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
- 8 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp vegan oyster sauce I used Lucky Foods brand from Whole Foods
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 4 tbsp vegan fish sauce see next ingredient group
Vegan fish sauce
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp lemon juice original recipe calls for lime, but I had lemon
- 1/2 cup hot water
- chopped green onions
- I freeze and thaw extra-firm tofu to give it a different texture that we like. Once thawed and drained of excess water, I cut it in half lengthwise and then into thin bite-sized squares.
- Add oil to pan and cook tofu. I usually add some tamari here as the tofu cooks. Cook until slightly crispy.
- Once tofu is cooked, remove from pan.
Make fish sauce
- While the tofu is cooking, I make vegan fish sauce. I add all the ingredients to a small mason jar and shake to combine. Store any leftovers in the fridge. (I think it would be good with summer rolls but I haven't tried that yet.)
Make Pad See Ew sauce
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine ingredients until sugar has dissolved.
- I don't have access to gai lan so I use regular frozen broccoli. I pre-heat it in the microwave in a container to save time.
- Put noodles into a large bowl and cover with boiling water. I know the package says not to use boiling water, but I didn't have luck with "hot" water. Let noodles soften for 10 minutes or so. I stir them a couple times and check to see if they're done yet.
- Once noodles are softened, drain. I add a bit of vegetable oil to the noodles in the bowl and stir to try to keep them from sticking together.
- I'm using a 12" pan and so I cook two batches, one for the kids and a second for us.
- Add vegetable oil and garlic to pad and cook for about a minute.
- Then add broccoli and cooked tofu to the pan and cook for a minute or so. Stir to combine.
- Add the noodles and sauce and mix everything together. Let cook for a couple of minutes until sauce is absorbed.
- I reserve a little of the sauce to add once Pad See Ew is plated.
- Chopped green onions are a nice addition, but optional.
I like to eat these with chopsticks because it makes them last longer. I know the recipe looks complicated, but it’s really not and it’s definitely worth it! Delicious!