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Shrimp Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew, Thai street-food staple and restaurant favorite ~ stir fried noodles with soy sauce, shrimp and baby bok choy.

Overhead of serving bowl of pad see ew.

When I was in my 20's, living in Chicago, my good friend, Carol, took me to her "secret" Thai restaurant.  I say secret because she didn't want the word to get out and risk it getting popular, and thus crowded.  It was in the lobby of a transient hotel, for Pete's sake.  Regardless, it was usually full when we stopped in for our Thai fix.  And that fix always included Pad See Ew.

Pad see ew in pan.

Pad See Ew is a Thai stir fried noodle dish with soy sauce, it's sweet and salty and literally translates to 'fried soy sauce'.  It is sweeter and milder than the other popular noodle dish on the menu everywhere, Pad Thai.

It's traditionally made with beef and Thai broccoli, and that's what we got at the transient hotel restaurant, Sukhumvit, which is no more.  A platter would arrive and we'd scour the condiments on the table and immediately go for the chopped peanuts and  some vinegar with chilies steeping in it.  Just really good, and definitely our favorite dish.

Ingredients photo.

Maybe 14 years ago, or so, I stumbled upon a recipe for pad see ew that uses shrimp, and that's how I started making this iconic Thai dish at home.  It's not hard, but you most likely won't have the ingredients on hand, a trip to an Asian grocery will be necessary ~ I find the regular grocery stores just don't have everything I need.

Close up in skillet, shrimp pad see ew.

Instead of the Thai broccoli, in this version I use baby bok choy.  I just trim the ends and it pretty much separates into pieces.  It's a great alternative and I think I like it better than the broccoli.  I sprinkle the finished dish with chopped peanuts and thinly sliced Thai red bird chilies (no real need for the vinegar, but I'll footnote how to make that).

Pad see ew with shrimp in pan.

Pad See Ew is typically made with wide rice stick noodles.  I usually have some dry rice stick noodles on hand, but I didn't have the wide ones.  Try not to use really thin ones, like vermicelli.  And if you can find fresh ones, even better.

Pad See Ew ~ Thai stir fried noodles with soy sauce, shrimp and baby bok choy.  Meathead loves this Shrimp Pad See Ew.  I think Carol would, too.  Best, Kelly🍴🐦

Finished pad see ew in serving bowl.

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UPDATED: Originally posted in November, 2016, spruced things up a bit in February, 2020, no changes to original copy.

Overhead of serving bowl of pad see ew.

Shrimp Pad See Ew

Thai street-food staple and restaurant favorite ~ stir fried noodles with soy sauce, shrimp and baby bok choy.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 661kcal


  • 3 tablespoon Asian fish sauce ~ I like Red Boat brand
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce ~ I like Kikkoman
  • 1 lb baby bok choy (or regular), ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces wide rice stick noodles, dried ~ Fresh wide rice noodles, Sen Yai, if you can find
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ¾ pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 Thai bird chilies, thinly sliced (or serrano)
  • 2-3 tablespoon chopped roasted, salted peanuts
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  In small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, miso, oyster sauce, sugar and soy sauce.  Set aside.
  • Add the bok choy to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes until crisp-tender.  Remove to a plate and add the noodles to the water and boil until still firm but pliable, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.  Transfer to a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of oil. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a very large nonstick skillet.  Add shrimp, sprinkle with a little salt, and cook until just pink throughout, 2 minutes.  Remove shrimp to the plate with bok choy.
  • Add the remaining ¼ cup oil to the pan and heat until shimmering.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, just for 15 seconds or so (careful not to burn).  Add the eggs and cook and scramble slightly for 30 seconds.  Add the noodles, toss, and then add the soy sauce mixture and toss again.  Cook, without stirring, until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 5 minutes.  Stir and flip the noodle mixture once, then cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes longer.  Add the shrimp and bok choy and toss and cook until just heated through.  Transfer noodles and shrimp to serving platter or bowl, sprinkle with peanuts and chilies, serve with lime wedges.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make the traditional vinegar with pickled peppers condiment to sprinkle on the finished dish:
Slice a couple of long red chilies (preferably prik chi fa), not too spicy, put in a container and cover with plain white vinegar by about an inch or so.  Do not use Thai bird chilies and do not use Japanese-style rice vinegar.  Cover and let steep at room temperature for 24 - 48 hours, then refrigerate.


Calories: 661kcal Carbohydrates: 85g Protein: 31g Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 276mg Sodium: 2322mg Potassium: 561mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g Vitamin A: 5576IU Vitamin C: 101mg Calcium: 243mg Iron: 3mg
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*Adapted from Mai Pham, Food & Wine, September, 2005


5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Lala Aliyeva

Thursday 17th of December 2020

This was delicious. It's a second time I'm using your recipe - the first was pastitsio - and both times flavors were so perfectly balanced. I served this one with bean sprouts, just because I like them, and also added crushed aleppo peppers into the sauce since I didn't have fresh chilies. Other than that, I followed the recipe. Fish sauce gave the dish so much depth - I would never omit it or cut the amount. Thank you again. I'm looking forward to trying the next recipe.


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Thank you, Lala! I love bean sprouts, too. So happy you liked this recipe.