Brown Rice Vermicelli Pad See Ew Noodles with Chicken(ผัดซีอิ๊ว)
If you have been on our blog much, you would have noticed that I mentioned how much I love noodles. Today is my day because today is a National Noddle Day!!! I did some research to see where the day comes from and who establishes the National Noddle Day, and I found that the celebration has just started last year. According to whatnationaldayisit.com, the day is established by the references that occurred on the social media. On October 6, 2015, they discovered that day is the day that people were talking about noodles the most. So, here we are to celebrate noodles.
I have so many kinds of Thai noodles recipes to share with you all, and today I picked one of my favorite noodles dishes which is "Pad See Ew." Even though I am not typically a fan of sweet food, this dish is exceptional.
What is Pad See Ew?
It is a stir fried noodles with sweet dark soy sauce. Pad See Ew is pretty popular in Thai restaurants across the world, but it is not a real Thai dish. Pad See Ew in Thai cuisine is a Chinese-influenced dish. In Thailand, they typically cook the noodles with pork and Chinese broccoli (aka Gai Lan). But no worries, Thai kitchens are pretty laid back like Thai people. Thus you can feel free to use the other kinds of green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, collard greens, or cauliflower or substitute the choice of meat like chicken, beef, shrimp, or seafood. I chose to cook with chicken and brown rice vermicelli instead.
Pad See Ew is one of the Thai dishes that all adults and children love. It mainly has sweetness from a sweet dark soy sauce and sugar. Pad See Ew is usually prepared without any spicy ingredients it unless you want to add them in later. In Thailand, they would serve the Pad See Ew with a set of Thai flake chili, vinegar or lime, sugar, and fish sauce on the side for you, so you can season the noodles the way you like.
How I modified my Pad See Ew Noodles with Chicken?
As I mentioned earlier, the original Pad See Ew normally cooks with pork, but I chose to cook my Pad See Ew with chicken instead because of chicken breast (without skin) always provides fewer calories and cholesterol than the other parts of the chicken. But if you insist in cooking Pad See Ew with pork, I would recommend you to use a lean cut like tenderloin or loin chop because it contains less fat and calories compared to the other parts of pork. To eliminate the cholesterol, I take out the yolks out from the recipe and use only egg white.
The choice of carbohydrate is also important too. In Thai restaurants, they mostly use flat noodles to cook Pad See Ew, and the flat noodles are made of refined white rice which has a high Glycemic Index. Unfortunately, I still cannot find the flat noodles that are made from brown rice or the other kinds of complex carbohydrate, but luckily I have found some brown rice noodles and vermicelli that I can use as a substitution for flat noodles.
- 7.05 oz. brown rice vermicelli
- 8 oz. sliced chicken breast
- 8 oz. Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli), cut them about 2 inches long
- 2 eggs white
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tbsp thin soy sauce, or regular low sodium soy sauce to control the sodium intake
- ½ tsp seasoning soy sauce
- ½ tsp sweet soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1½ tsp Truvia
- Soak brown rice vermicelli in cold water for 5 minutes (Check on the package of the noodles that you bought).
- Chop the garlic, cut the Chinese broccoli, slice the chicken breast, and mix thin soy sauce, seasoning soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, and Truvia in a bowl and whisk them well while waiting for the noodles.
- After 5 minutes, rinse off the water and mix the noodles with sweet soy sauce.
- Heat olive oil in a wok, turn on a stove on medium-high.
- Add the garlic into the hot oil and stir-fry until you can smell the garlic fragrance then add sliced chicken and stir fry until it is no longer pink.
- Add the mixture of the stir fry sauce in a wok.
- Add Chinese broccoli into the wok and cook for a minute and set everything to a side of the wok then pour eggs white into the wok and stir until the eggs are cooked.
- Throw in brown rice vermicelli and cook for a few minutes; you may need to add probably ¼ cup of water in a wok, so the noodles do not stick and burn at the bottom of the wok.
- Turn off the stove. Enjoy!
Here is more of the noodles recipes for you to celebrate the Nation Noodle Day!!