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Lad Na Noodles Recipe (Rad Na Thai Gravy)

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This Thai lad na noodles recipe makes delicious Thai gravy noodles with pork and Chinese broccoli, also known as gai lan. It’s a wonderful street food classic in Thailand, perfect for a tasty dinner at home with authentic flavors like you’d get at a Thai restaurant.

Lad na noodles with Thai gravy served in a white dish.

Lad na is made with fresh rice noodles. You can make these yourself with my sen yai noodles recipe (gluten-free and fun to make!) or find them at Asian supermarkets. Be sure to save my other recipes with wide rice noodles for later: beef pad see ew, kuay teow kua gai, and pad see ew shrimp!


What is rad na

Rad na, or lad na, is a Thai noodle dish with wide rice noodles, meat or seafood, and Chinese broccoli covered in a thick, savory gravy. This street food favorite offers a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and umami flavors, making it a staple in Thai cuisine.


Lad na is pronounced “rad na” and can also be written as lard na, rad nah, rat na, and raad na. In Thai script: ราดหน้า.

No matter the spelling, it all leads to the same delicious plate of gravy-smothered Thai flat noodles. It’s a beloved classic that everyone enjoys!

Close-up of Thai lad na, highlighting the pork gravy, Chinese broccoli, and fresh rice noodles.

What does rad na taste like

Rad na tastes savory and slightly sweet, with a rich, thick gravy that coats tender rice noodles,protein, and crisp Chinese broccoli. The dish perfectly balances sweet, salty, and umami flavors, making it a comfort food perfect for any day of the week.

Thai gravy

Lad na is a delightful Thai-Chinese noodle dish, and it’s one of my favorite fusion foods. I promise you’ll love everything about it, from the fresh wide rice noodles to the thick pork gravy sauce and the crisp Chinese broccoli.

In my family we prefer the rich flavors of pork as the main protein, but you can use other meats as well. Whether you prefer tender chicken, beef, seafood like shrimp or squid, or a vegetarian version with tofu, anything you put in the thick lad na sauce will come out amazing.

The beauty of Thai food is how versatile it is, and this lad na recipe is just that!

Lad na noodles being topped with lad na sauce.
Lad na sauce poured over fresh rice nodles, pork, and Chinese broccoli.

The lad na sauce is where the magic happens, combining everything into a whole. A rich and savory Thai gravy with garlic, soy sauce, soybean paste, eggs, and white pepper wraps around the wide flat rice noodles and the meat.

Lad na noodles

Lad na moo is one of the lesser-known Thai noodle dishes, but I believe it deserves more attention! These flat rice noodles in gravy are on par with chicken pad Thai, pad kee mao, and khao soi. The secret of lad na is in the noodles – “fresh flat rice noodles” or “sen yai.”

Close-up of homemade Thai sen yai noodles, or fresh rice noodles.
Fresh wide rice noodles, or sen yai, essential for making lad na.

You’ll usually find these wide rice noodles at your local Asian grocery store. They are essential for creating the perfect texture and chewy bite that makes lad na special.

Some variations use rice vermicelli, like in sen mee pad see ew, but I prefer the version with classic sen yai noodles.

Thai Chinese noodle dish

Lad na’s roots trace back to China’s Guangdong province, particularly the Chaoshan region in the East. The name ‘lad’ means pour, and ‘na’ refers to the surface.

Lad na noodles are a fusion of Chinese and Thai cuisine, combining the best of both worlds. Chinese immigrants brought over their recipes, and Thai locals added their own twist.

Here are two more Thai-Chinese dishes you’ll love: Thai massaman chicken curry and khao moo dang (Chinese red pork).


In Thailand, every family makes rad na a bit differently. Some add fish sauce, others red pepper flakes for heat, while some keep it spice-free.

Rad na close-up, highlighting the fresh noodles, pork, and Chinese broccoli.

Lad na can be found everywhere, from local street food stalls to Thai restaurants. Even in the west, it has everyone hooked.

Even Malaysia has its own version of lad na called wan tan hor or wonton noodles in gravy. It’s similar but garnished with fresh vegetables like Chinese mustard greens and bean sprouts.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Pork marinade

Ingredients for pork marinade: An egg, pork, palm sugar, tapioca starch, and oyster sauce in glass cups.
  • Pork – Pork has a rich flavor and tender texture, ideal for Thai lad na; use pork loin or shoulder for the best taste. Alternatively, use chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu.
  • Oyster sauceOyster sauce is a thick, dark brown sauce with a savory and slightly sweet flavor, essential in Thai cooking.
  • Tapioca starchTapioca starch coats the meat to retain moisture and keep it tender during cooking; cornstarch is a good alternative.
  • Palm sugarPalm sugar adds a rich, caramel-like sweetness to dishes in Thai cuisine, setting it apart from other sweeteners like white and brown sugar.
  • Egg – Including egg in the marinade makes the meat richer, juicier, and more flavorful.

Noodles & pork gravy

Rad na ingredients: fresh flat rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, dark soy, soybean paste, light soy, flavor seasoning, tapioca starch, water, eggs, white pepper, and garlic.
  • Fresh flat rice noodles – Essential for authentic rad na, also called hor fun, sen yai, or kuay teow. If unavailable, use soaked dry rice noodles or rice vermicelli.
  • Chinese broccoli – Known as gai lan or Chinese kale, it has long leaves and requires peeling the stems before cooking.
  • Dark soy sauceDark soy sauce slightly sweetens and darkens the noodles.
  • Soybean pasteSoybean paste is made from fermented soybeans, it adds a unique flavor boost but is optional.
  • Light soy sauceLight soy sauce adds a salty touch, key in Asian cuisine.
  • Rosdee seasoning powderRosdee is popular Thai seasoning powder, similar to golden mountain seasoning sauce; either can be used.
  • Tapioca starch – Thickens the gravy; adjust the amount based on desired thickness.
  • Eggs – Standard in my family’s lad na gravy, they enhance texture and flavor, making it creamy and rich. Optional if you prefer without.
  • Water – Used to create the gravy base.
  • White pepper
  • Garlic

Short recipe video

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How to make rad na

Making rad na is a three-step process: marinate the meat, stir-fry the noodles with dark soy sauce (essential for the best flavor), and prepare the pork gravy, which takes just 10-15 minutes.

Step 1: Marinate the meat. Crack the egg into a large bowl and combine it with palm sugar, oyster sauce, tapioca starch, and the sliced pork meat. Mix thoroughly, then let it rest in your fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Sliced Chinese broccoli and minced garlic.

Step 2: Prepare the broccoli and garlic. Remove the outer layer from the Chinese broccoli stems, then slice the stems into thin pieces, and roughly chop the leaves and the garlic.

Step 3: Now, we’ll prepare the gravy. In a large mixing bowl, combine soybean paste, white pepper, light soy sauce, flavor seasonings, and crack in both eggs. Combine until well blended.

Step 4: In a separate cup, thoroughly mix tapioca starch and 3.4 floz of water.

Step 5: In a large bowl, combine the fresh rice noodles with black soy sauce. If you’re using dry noodles, first soak them in water according to package labeling. Use your hand and a plastic glove to mix. Next, stir-fry the noodles for just 2 minutes and set aside.

Garlic sauté in a wok.

Step 6: In the same pan over medium heat, add oil and garlic, fry until it turns golden and fragrant.

Pork gravy preparation in a wok.

Step 7: Add water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add pork and spread out the meat to ensure it doesn’t stick to each other.

Sauce being poured into rad na gravy.

Step 8: Add the mix of gravy prepared in step 3 once the water comes to a boil. Stir gently just to mix. The clutched egg will float to the top, this is normal. The egg gives a firmer structure to the sauce and a rich taste.

Chinese broccoli added to rad na gravy.

Step 9: Add Chinese broccoli and let boil for 2 more minutes, or until soft enough.

Tapioca starch added to lad na gravy.

Step 10: Give your tapioca starch and water mixture another stir. Make sure your gravy is boiling and pour it in as you stir the gravy. Keep stirring afterward to make sure it gets well mixed with the gravy (important!!).

Step 11: When the lad na sauce thickens, your gravy is ready.

Step 12: To serve your Thai gravy, place the stir-fried noodles in a bowl or on a large plate and pour the gravy over them. Enjoy!

Kitchenware

  1. Measuring cups and spoons
  2. Cutting board and a sharp knife
  3. Mixing bowls
  4. Spatula or wooden spoon
  5. Wok or large skillet
  6. Spatula or stirring spoon

Thai lad na recipe tips and tricks

  • Thai cooking is all about balance: Chefs in Thai restaurants tweak and taste as they go, perfecting those flavor balances before serving. Taste as you go and adjust the seasonings of your gravy if needed.
  • Opt for high smoke point oils like vegetable oil, peanut oil, or sunflower oil. Steer clear of olive oil or sesame oil for this dish.
  • Use fresh flat rice noodles for authentic taste and texture. If you can’t find them, rice vermicelli or dry rice noodles (wide) are a good alternative.
  • Adjust the tapioca starch to get your gravy just right. Want it thicker or thinner? You’re in control!
  • Add more vegetables to this Thai lad na recipe, like baby corn, bell peppers, bean sprouts, mushrooms, classic broccoli or broccolini.

How to serve Thai gravy

Scoop a generous portion of noodles into your serving bowl. Ladle on the pork gravy and make sure there’s a good mix of meat and vegetables in each serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly chopped green onions, Thai chili flakes, and crispy fried garlic. A good condiment for lad na is prik nam som.

How to store and reheat

Storing: If possible, store your leftover noodles and gravy in separate airtight containers once they have cooled to room temperature. Keep it in the refrigerator, and it’ll keep well for up to three days.

Reheating: Simply reheat in a skillet over medium heat, stirring gently, until the gravy returns to its original consistency. Avoid microwaving as this can make the noodles soft.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between pad see ew and rad na?

Pad see ew and rad na are both noodle dishes made with sen yai noodles. Pad see ew features charred stir-fried noodles with a soy sauce-based seasoning, and rad na is known for its thick gravy poured over the noodles.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, you can prepare Lad la in advance. Cook the components separately and store them in the fridge. When ready to serve, reheat and combine them.

Can I make this vegetarian?

Yes, simply swap the meat for tofu and add more vegetables. Replace sauces with vegetarian alternatives.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

This is not a gluten-free recipe. For a gluten-free version, you can use gluten-free soy sauces and gluten-free oyster sauce, but it’ll alter the flavors of the original recipe.

Is lad na spicy?

Lad na is not traditionally spicy. It features a savory and slightly sweet gravy over wide rice noodles, pork or chicken, and Chinese broccoli. However, you can add chili flakes for extra heat if desired.

What kind of noodles for rad na?

For rad na, use fresh flat rice noodles, also known as sen yai or hor fun. These wide noodles are essential for the dish’s traditional texture and flavor. If fresh noodles are unavailable, soaked dry rice noodles or rice vermicelli can be used as substitutes.

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Lad Na Noodles Recipe (Rad Na Thai Gravy)

Lad na noodles with Thai gravy served in a white dish.
This authentic lad na noodles recipe is made with fresh wide rice noodles (sen yai), Chinese broccoli, and an irresistibly Thai gravy.
Praew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 300 g pork thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 0,5 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch

For the noodles and gravy

  • 600 g fresh flat rice noodles (for dry rice noodles, use a little less than half the weight)
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 l water for the gravy
  • 200 g Chinese broccoli stems peeled, leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soybean paste
  • 1,5 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rosdee seasoning powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 100 ml water to mix tapioca starch

Instructions

Marinate

  • Crack the egg into a large bowl and combine it with palm sugar, oyster sauce, tapioca starch, and the sliced pork meat. Mix thoroughly, then let it rest in your fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    1 egg, 0,5 tablespoon palm sugar, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon tapioca starch, 300 g pork

Broccoli and garlic prep

  • Remove the outer layer from the Chinese broccoli stems, then slice the stems into thin pieces, and roughly chop the leaves and the garlic.

Gravy prep

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine soybean paste, white pepper, light soy sauce, rosdee seasoning powder, and crack in both eggs. Combine until well blended.
    1 tablespoon soybean paste, 1,5 tablespoon light soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rosdee seasoning powder, 1 teaspoon white pepper, 2 eggs
  • In a separate cup, thoroughly mix tapioca starch and 3.4 floz of water.
    3 tablespoons tapioca starch, 100 ml water

Stir-fry noodles

  • In a large bowl, combine the fresh rice noodles with black soy sauce. If you’re using dry noodles, first soak them in water according to package labeling. Use your hand and a plastic glove to mix. Next, stir-fry the noodles for just 2 minutes and set aside.
    600 g fresh flat rice noodles, 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

Cook gravy

  • In the same pan over medium heat, add oil and garlic, fry until it turns golden brown.
    1 tablespoon oil, 3 cloves garlic
  • Add water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add pork and spread out the meat to ensure it doesn’t stick to each other.
    1 l water
  • Add the mix of gravy prepared in step 3 once the water comes to a boil. Stir gently just to mix. The clutched egg will float to the top, this is normal. The egg gives a firmer structure to the sauce and a rich taste.
  • Add Chinese broccoli and let boil for 2 more minutes, or until soft enough.
    200 g Chinese broccoli
  • Give your tapioca starch and water mixture another stir. Make sure your gravy is boiling and pour it in as you stir the gravy. Keep stirring afterward to make sure it gets well mixed with the gravy (important!!).
  • When the lad na sauce thickens, your gravy is ready.
  • To serve your Thai gravy, place the stir-fried noodles in a bowl or on a large plate and pour the gravy over them.

Video

@hungryinthailand.com

The best Thai food, Thai noodles with pork gravy! Rad Na recipe #thaifood #thairecipe #porkrecipe #food

♬ Yummy Mealtime - Official Sound Studio

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Use fresh flat rice noodles for an authentic taste and texture. If you can't find these, you can use rice vermicelli or dry noodles.
  • Pork is the most common choice of meat, but you can also use beef, tofu, chicken, or seafood.
  • Adjust the amount of tapioca starch to achieve your desired thickness of the gravy.
  • If you wish, you can adjust seasonings to your taste. Some people prefer it more sweet and some prefer it more salty. For me, it's absolutely perfect like this, definitely Thai restaurant quality!

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Very good recipe. The rad na I used to eat in Bangkok had a lot more sweet soy sauce in the gravy, but other than that, spot on! My wife and son loved it! Thank you very much!

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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