Pepper's “Bow-Thai” See Ew

  • SERVES: 4
  • PREP: 10 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes (including marinating)

A delicious twist on pad see ew using bow-tie pasta!

Hi! It’s Pepper here with a recipe from my new book, The Pepper Thai Cookbook, which is available in the Cravings shop now. This twist on pad see ew uses dried bow-tie pasta for those who have trouble sourcing Thai wide rice noodles. I hope you love it!


One question people ask me all the time on Instagram is how to make pad see ew. It’s a good question! Whenever we order takeout from one of the many excellent Thai restaurants in LA, we almost always order pad see ew, the good kind where the sweet soy has caramelized just right and soaked into the chewy pan-fried noodles. But a common problem is that in many places I’ve lived, it’s not easy to find the Thai wide rice noodles. What to do then? The solution came to me one day when I was thinking about spaghetti.  Dried spaghetti noodles are very popular in Thailand these days, and people use them in all kinds of traditional stir-fry dishes. So why not other kinds of pasta?  After a few experiments, I discovered that super-market bow-tie pasta made a good substitute for pad see ew noodles. The bow-tie shape helps them soak up the sweet dark soy sauce (try my homemade recipe if you can't find it at the Asian market!) in their little folds and wrinkles, and when cooked al dente they end up perfectly chewy- tender after being cooked in the very hot wok. Even if this “pad see ew” is not exactly the same as takeout, I am proud of my noodle innovation. Feel free to enter my name for the Nobel Prize this year, thank you.


Reprinted from The Pepper Thai Cookbook. Copyright © 2021 by Vilailuck Teigen with Garrett Snyder. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Jenny Huang. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

For the "Bow-Thai" See Ew:

  • ½

    pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pork shoulder, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1

    teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1

    teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 12

    ounces bow-tie pasta

  • ¼

    cup vegetable oil

  • 6

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 4

    large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½

    pound Chinese broccoli or regular broccoli, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 2 cups)

  • ¹⁄3

    cup Thai sweet dark soy sauce (store-bought or homemade)

  • 2

    tablespoons light soy sauce

  • ½

    cup fresh basil leaves

  • +

    Pickled Chile Vinegar and Roasted Chile Powder (recipes follow), for serving

For the Pickled Chile Vinegar:

  • 1

    jalapeño pepper

  • 1

    cup distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

For the Roasted Chile Powder:

  • 2

    cups dried red chiles, such as Thai, de árbol, or japones

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The Pepper Thai Cookbook
The Pepper Thai Cookbook
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Through these 80 recipes, Pepper teaches you how to make all her hits––influenced by Thailand, California, and everywhere in between. No one loves this book more than Chrissy: “I’m SO proud of Yai and all of the hard work she put into making this book come to life. It has all of my favorite recipes that mom used to make for us growing up, like chicken satay and papaya salad, as well as modern twists on classic Thai food like pad thai Brussels sprouts and nam prik moo sloppy joes!

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This is the ultimate set for creating clean-out-the-fridge meals. Aside from just stir-frying, the Teigen-Legend fam uses the wok and spider strainer for deep-frying and big-batch sautéing. Big enough for a pound of noodles Bundled with wooden tongs and a spider strainer Steam, serve, and store, all using a tempered glass lid

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