Get Baked: Vegan Pad See Ew

I flipping love Thai food. My go-to Thai dish is green curry, but I’m dating someone who has an addiction to Pad See Ew and this has motivated me to learn a vegan recipe which I will now share with all of your faces.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover how simple this recipe is to make and I love that it incorporates basil, one of the herbs I’ve had the best luck growing in my window garden.


Adapted from a Honest Cooking recipe


1 clove garlic, minced
3 tsp. palm sugar
3 Tbsp. light soy sauce
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1 package dry wide rice noodles
20 leaves fresh basil
1 16 oz firm tofu drained and diced
1 head of broccoli, rinsed and cut

Notes: You can throw in whatever veggies you want to suit your palate. You can also use different types of rice noodles, just make sure you follow the directions for how best to cook whatever noodles you use.


1. Cook noodles by boiling water, removing water from heat, dunking noodles in hot water and then rinsing noodles. Put noodles aside.

2. Mix together garlic, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl.

3. Heat oil in a wok or sauce-pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook approximately 30 seconds. You’d better stir this or you are totes gonna burn it.

4. Add prepared sauce, heating until sauce begins to boil. Same deal re: stir or burn.

5. Add noodles, basil, broccoli and tofu stirring in sauce for about 5 minutes until broccoli becomes tender. STIR, STIR, STIR!

6. Please eat this ASAP.

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Jamie J. Hagen

Jamie lives in Boston and is currently a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a freelance writer and also a team associate for the Boston chapter of Hollaback!.

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  1. So… this is dinner tomorrow.

    Thanks for doing the ‘what to cook’ thinking for me.

  2. Love this. Pad See Ew is one of my favorite dishes, but I never thought I could make it myself — thanks Jamie!

  3. This will be delicious. Sadly, the glory of the stuff at a Thai restaurant is having a real wok that’s all seasoned and shit and over very high heat, so I’m guessing it won’t be exactly the same.

    That being said, I’m gonna give it a whirl because I have pad see ew ISSUES (addiction)

    Also, double check your rice noodles and get gluten free soy sauce and make this for your gluten impaired friends!

    • Good call on making the gluten free suggestion. I will keep that in mind when writing these posts in the future!

  4. Oh man, I have a serious pad see ew addiction. Living above an amazing Thai restaurant doesn’t help. I was actually going to get some today, but I may try this instead. I always have trouble finding the noodles though. I went to a few Asian markets and couldn’t get them. Any ideas on where to go?

    • I think most bigger grocery stores and certainly health food stores carry the Taste of Thai or Thai Kitchen brands of rice noodles. But considering you have an addition you should probably just buy in bulk from the internet. (Kidding! Sort of!)

    • Nope. I’ve seen it spelled a lot of ways since the Thai language doesn’t have a Latin alphabet

      and it’s never wrong cause it’s ALWAYS DELICIOUS.

      • whew. I was about to cry. spelling things wrong is the worst.
        also, sister, you are correct on the delish scale…preach!

  5. while youre at it, make sure you include a nice recipe for just Tofu one day. ill get started on this for now.

  6. Jamie, will you marry me? Then we can make vegan Thai food and talk about politics all the time!

  7. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe. The wide rice noodles are the best for this dish. I also tend to add a little thai sweet chili sauce which you can get from most supermarkets.

  8. This looks really good! Is it possible to use seitan in this though? I do not like tofu and use that as my “meat” alternative.(Luckily, I don’t have a sensitivity to gluten.)

    • DEAR WORLD: This is delicious. I doubled the recipe and it was enough to serve 10 happily. Served it with super spicy edamame and strawberries with fudge as dessert and man oh man, it was a crowd pleaser.

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