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Pad See Ew Shrimp Recipe (Thai Fried Noodles)

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This pad see ew shrimp recipe makes delicious Thai fried noodles with Chinese broccoli, perfect for a cozy evening meal on both busy weekdays and weekends. It’s an easy stir-fry dish that’s perfect for the beginner home cook, and is prepared with sen yai, also known as fresh wide rice noodles.

Pad see ew shrimp served in a patterned dish.

What’s great about Thai stir-fries is that you can substitute the choice of protein in almost every recipe. For instance, you can swap the shrimp in this recipe to make beef noodles or chicken noodles. You can also use pork or even add other seafood!

With just one recipe, you can make multiple delicious dinners – how awesome is that?! For more insider tips on cooking the perfect Thai fried noodles, keep reading. If you’re already a pro in the Thai kitchen, feel free to skip right to the instructions and get started!

What is pad see ew shrimp

Shrimp pad see ew is a Thai noodle dish where fresh wide rice noodles are coated in dark soy sauce, stir-fried with shrimp, vegetables like Chinese broccoli, and savory-sweet stir-fry sauce.


In Thailand, this dish is known as pad see ew goong (ผัดซีอิ๊วกุ้ง), where pad means stir-fried, see ew refers to soy sauce, and goong means shrimp.

More about Thai fried noodles with shrimp recipe

Do you ever have those days when you really want to eat something delicious but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? Well, yesterday was one of those days for me! Without knowing exactly what I would make, I headed to the local food market, and the fresh shrimp immediately caught my eye.

My husband mentioned he was really in the mood for fried noodles, and luckily, our market always has fresh rice noodles available. These are the classic pad see ew noodles, but if you’re having trouble sourcing them, you can try making homemade sen yai noodles.

Pad see ew noodles, sen yai, in a traditional bamboo basket.
These fresh wide rice noodles, or sen yai, are the traditional choice of noodles for this dish.

Inspired by my husband’s craving for noodles, I decided to make this shrimp recipe – it was simply too delicious not to share!

This recipe includes a tasty stir-fry sauce that’s perfectly balanced. You can serve these noodles to the whole family, even the kids. I like to add some red pepper flakes for a bit of spice.

And as I mentioned earlier, you can also add other proteins or opt for a seafood mix. For a noodle variation, you can use dry rice noodles like those used in pad Thai or even rice vermicelli.

Close-up of Thai fried noodles with shrimp, with a fork lifting some noodles.

Pad see ew vs pad kee mao

Something that was recently shared with me is that many things that are obvious to me are a mystery to people who are new to the world of Thai food. So before we dive into the ingredients, here’s a fun comparison between two well-known Thai noodle dishes!

  • Pad see ew is a classic Thai noodle dish known for its mild flavor. It features wide rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce, garlic, and typically chicken or pork, along with Chinese broccoli. It’s slightly sweet and very savory, making it a favorite for those who prefer less spicy foods.
  • Pad kee mao, also known as drunken noodles, is a spicier noodle dish. This dish combines fried rice noodles with bold flavors like basil, chili, and garlic. It often includes a mix of seafood or meat. Pad kee mao is ideal for those who enjoy spicy food.

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.


Ingredients for pad see ew shrimp labeled: shrimp, fresh rice noodles, white pepper, eggs, rosdee seasoning powder, dark soy sauce, white sugar, oyster sauce, Chinese broccoli, and onions.
  • Shrimp – Opt for black tiger shrimp or jumbo shrimp.
  • Fresh wide rice noodles – Also known as sen yai, these noodles are thick and chewy, and perfect for soaking up the Thai fried noodles sauce.
  • Black soy sauce – A key ingredient in this recipe, black soy sauce is a darker and sweeter version of regular soy sauce that adds color and a rich flavor.
  • Oyster sauceOyster sauce is a thick, savory sauce made from oysters, adding a deep umami flavor to stir-fries and marinades.
  • Rosdee seasoning powderRosdee seasoning powder is a popular Thai seasoning that adds a salty, savory boost to any dish. You can get the pork or chicken flavor, both are fine to use.
  • White sugar – Sugar is essential for balancing out the savory flavors.
  • White pepper
  • Chinese broccoli (gai lan)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Eggs – Eggs add richness and texture, often scrambled into Thai noodle stir-fries for added protein and flavor.
  • Oil – Use a neutral oil like canola oil or vegetable oil.

How to make pad see ew shrimp

Fresh wide rice noodles tossed with dark soy sauce.

Step 1: Toss the fresh wide rice noodles with dark soy sauce in a bowl until they are thoroughly coated.

Blanching Chinese broccoli in a wok.

Step 2: Quickly blanch the chopped Chinese broccoli in boiling water for 30 seconds, then drain them.

Cooked shrimp in a wok.

Step 3: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the shrimp until they are fully cooked. Remove the shrimp and set them aside, but keep the oil in the skillet.

Sautéed garlic in a wok.

Step 4: Add garlic to the same skillet and sauté until golden and aromatic.

Fried eggs in a wok.

Step 5: Crack the eggs into the pan and scramble them until they’re fully cooked.

Stir-fried fresh rice noodles with eggs in a wok.

Step 6: Add soy-sauce-coated wide rice noodles along with oyster sauce, white pepper, white sugar, and rosdee seasoning powder. Stir everything together and cook until the noodles are tender.

Step 7: Return the cooked Chinese broccoli and shrimp to the skillet, add sliced onions, and toss everything together. Serve hot and enjoy!

Kitchenware

  1. Measuring spoons and cups
  2. Cutting board and a sharp knife
  3. Mixing bowl (for tossing the noodles with dark soy sauce)
  4. Large wok or skillet
  5. Spatula or tongs

What to serve with wide rice noodle stir-fry

In Thailand, this shrimp stir-fry is sometimes served with additional condiments such as white sugar, Thai pepper flakes, and Thai chili vinegar. These condiments allow you to customize the flavors according to your preference.

Noodles with shrimp leftovers tips

Storing: Allow the leftover noodles and shrimp to cool to room temperature. Then, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and place the container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, Thai shrimp noodle leftovers can last up to 3 days in the fridge.

Reheating: For the best texture, reheat your leftovers on the stovetop. Simply heat a skillet over medium heat and stir until hot.

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Pad See Ew Shrimp Recipe (Thai Fried Noodles)

Pad see ew shrimp served in a patterned dish.
This shrimp pad see ew recipe makes delicious Thai fried noodles filled with authentic flavors, ready in less than 20 minutes.
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 2 people

Ingredients

  • 500 g fresh wide rice noodles
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 10 shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp rosdee seasoning powder (see notes)
  • 100 g Chinese broccoli roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped

Instructions

  • Toss the fresh wide rice noodles with dark soy sauce in a bowl until they are thoroughly coated.
    500 g fresh wide rice noodles, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • Quickly blanch the chopped Chinese broccoli in boiling water for 30 seconds, then drain them.
    100 g Chinese broccoli
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the shrimp until they are fully cooked. Remove the shrimp and set them aside, but keep the oil in the skillet.
    2 tbsps oil, 10 shrimp
  • Add garlic to the same skillet and sauté until golden and aromatic.
    2 cloves of garlic
  • Crack the eggs into the pan and scramble them until they’re fully cooked.
    3 eggs
  • Add soy-sauce-coated wide rice noodles along with oyster sauce, white pepper, white sugar, and rosdee seasoning powder. Stir everything together and cook until the noodles are tender.
    2 tbsps oyster sauce, 1.5 tbsp white sugar, 1 tsp white pepper, 1 tbsp rosdee seasoning powder
  • Return the cooked Chinese broccoli and shrimp to the skillet, add sliced onions, and toss everything together. Serve hot and enjoy!
    1/2 onion

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Rosdee seasoning powder – Rosdee seasoning powder is a popular Thai seasoning that adds a salty, savory boost to any dish.

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