Vegan Pad See Ew with Tempeh
Pad see ew is a traditional Thai fried rice noodle dish made with soy sauce, vegetables, and meat or seafood, or in this case, tempeh (if you’re preparing vegan pad see ew). “See ew” means “fried soy sauce” in Thai. When pad see ew is prepared right it is SO yummy. It has the perfect blend of textures and flavors. The flavor profile has a nice balance of sweet, salty, and tangy (and spicy if you add red pepper flakes).
However, I’m always hesitant to order this dish at Thai restaurants because, for whatever reason, something is always off (it usually has something to do with the freshness of the ingredients or the sauce not tasting right).
Despite my pad see ew reservations, I went ahead and took a gamble on it the other night at a new Thai place in our neighborhood…and…BAM! It was spot on. I got it with tofu (which my meat adoring husband even loved). He loved it so much he requested I make it. And to my surprise it actually was pretty easy to make! I’m a vegetarian and happened to have tempeh so I went ahead and used tempeh instead of tofu, which turned out pretty good but if you aren’t a fan of the texture of tempeh, I would suggest sticking with the tofu. There are also a few other easy alterations you can make to this dish to accommodate your specific diet preferences.
Optional Dish Alterations
Pad see ew is a very versatile dish that can be made to please just about anyone.There are a few different alterations you can make to this dish to suit different dietary needs and preferences. For instance, if you are vegetarian but prefer the taste and texture of tofu, you can sub the tempeh out with the tofu. If you are vegan, simply leave the egg out.
Or of you are a meat lover, you can sub out the tempeh or tofu with pork (my husbands fave), chicken, or steak. If you do choose a meat option, make sure you stir fry the meat until it’s cooked through. The tempeh and tofu don’t take nearly as long so take that into consideration when following my directions below.
Ingredients for the Stir Fry:
- 8 oz. dried flat rice noodles (fettuccini style works fine)
- 1 c. tempeh – cut into 1/2 slices or small cubes
- 3/4 c. soyaki marinade
- 2 c. broccoli florets
- 4 cloves garlic – finely minced
- 3 tbs. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 egg (non vegan option)
Ingredients for the Pad See Ew Sauce:
- 2 tbs. low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbs. regular soy sauce
- 2 tbs. oyster sauce
- 2 tbs. sugar
- 2 tbs. white vinegar
- Whisk together the the pad see ew sauce ingredients in a small bowl; set aside in refrigerator.
- Place the tempeh in a small bowl and pour soyaki marinade over it; set aside in refrigerator.
- Lightly steam the broccoli and set aside (make sure the broccoli is still firm).
- Cook the rice noodles according to the directions on the package (be sure not to overcook – usually only takes 3 minutes to cook).
- Strain noodles, rinsing with cold water to stop cooking process; set aside.
- Finely chop the garlic.
- Heat 2 tbs. oil in a deep saute pan or wok.
- Add garlic; cook for 10 seconds.
- Add broccoli and tempeh; stir fry for a 3 minutes.
- Move broccoli, tempeh and garlic to one side of the pan.
- Crack the egg in the other side of the pan and scramble.
- Stir fry the broccoli, tempeh and garlic back in with the egg for 2 minutes.
- Remove stir fry mixture from the pan and set aside.
- Wipe down pan and add 1 tbs. of oil.
- Add noodles, pad see ew sauce, and crushed red pepper to the pan.
- Stir fry until most of the sauce is absorbed.
- Add the broccoli, tempeh, garlic, and egg mixture back into the pan with the noodles and sauce; stir fry for 1 to 2 more minutes.
5. Serve Hot!