I have been trying to perfect my Pad See Ew skills for some time now. I love everything about Pad See Ew besides from the name. It doesn't sound that appetizing? But it is. Plus it really means "Soy Sauce Stir Fry" so that makes it all better. That sounds more appetizing doesn't it?
I love noodles! All shapes, sizes, and kinds of noodles to be exact. So, this obsession isn't random. It all started one night when I realized I couldn't find the take out menu for my favorite Thai restaurant and decided instead of panicking I would do something about it.
Because Rachel Ray doesn't have Pad See Ew in her cook book I did the first thing anyone would do, I googled it. I found the perfect recipe! It even came with an instructional YouTube video! I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Last week I had this brilliant idea to bring Emma to my spin class with Amy Amato at Equinox SoHo. Emma is one of my best friends and best running buddies. I knew she would love Amy's class. Who doesn't? The class fills up in one minute and if I don't get my front row bike, you won't want to be that person on it. I've been known to give a dramatic death stare to that particular evil person who thinks they can just steal my bike. Even when I'm gasping for breath, I manage to keep it in place!
I got what I wanted! Emma came to spin. But, in return, she also requested Pad See Ew for dinner after our grueling workout. I was willing to give it another shot! After our 45 minutes of pure determination not to fall off the bike and look like losers, we hit the steam room, showered and headed back to my place for some din din. My other friend Jesselyn came over to join us and brought a yummy looking box of sweet treats for dessert! I believe it read Cannoli King!
I figured I needed a little appetizer for my guests while I slaved and sweated over the hot stove. Of course it was nothing fancy. Just some pre-made pork and vegetable dumplings that I quickly steamed and zipped up a quick dipping sauce. After some quick finger licking tastes Emma and I agreed it was pretty damn good!
I had the perfect wine for the occasion, Vesco Ridge Vineyards Traminette. We popped open the bottle and started in on the dumplings. They were delicious!
Once my guests were content and chatting, I started in on my speciality. I found the recipe for my Pad See Ew on SheSimmers.
8 ounces of Flat Rice Noodles
One Large Egg
2 tablespoons of Sweet Dark Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 teaspoons Light Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Sugar
2 teaspoons White Vinegar
1 medium clove of Garlic (peeled and minced)
4 ounces sliced meat of choice (chicken) marinated in Light Soy Sauce and teaspoon of Baking Soda.
1-1/2 cups of Gai-Lan (Broccoli Florets)
The first time I made Pad See Ew, I followed the directions to the "T." The second time, the only thing I followed was the ingredients list. I didn't even use the given measurements. The second time it was so much better than the first. The third time I followed my previous footsteps and it was just as good. So, when I was making dinner tonight for more than just myself, I decided to continue making it my own way. You have to be sure not to add too much sauce. This can cause it to be too salty or too sweet. I was constantly doing taste tests until I believed it to be ready to eat.
1 Cook Rice Noodles.
2 Cook Chicken (I do not marinate it).
3 Add Vegetable Oil to pan and boil.
4 Add Egg and scramble.
5 Add Chicken and Rice Noodles to Oil and Egg.
6 Add everything else to taste besides Gai-Lan.
7 Add Gai-Lan once almost complete.
I'm not going to lie, it was pretty fantastic. I wasn't the only one who thought so either. It got pretty high reviews!
For dessert we indulged ourselves in some fancy Italian pastries. Jesselyn did an impressive job. There were four treats just waiting for us to dig in. She chose a Cannoli, Chocolate Cannoli, Eclair and Hazelnut Cake. I even have a little left over for tomorrow!
I am proud of myself for successfully cooking Pad See Ew for the fourth consecutive time. If anyone has any questions about the preparation or process please let me know! The preparation takes a little time chopping everything but once you start, it goes so quickly you almost don't have enough hands to keep everything moving.
Until next time,
Fifth Floor Chef!