Vegan Pad See Ew

Vegan Pad See Ew

Since we aren’t eating in restaurants because of covid, I decided to try making the things we’d normally order in restaurants, but at home. My husband used to always order Pad See Ew and though I never had it, I went on Pinterest to find a version I could make at home that was also vegan.

I came across this recipe and made a few changes because that’s just how I am. But 100% credit to Woon Heng for this delicious recipe!

Vegan Pad See Ew

Course Main Course
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb wide rice noodles I used Four Elephants brand from amazon
  • 2 packages tofu
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 package frozen broccoli heated in microwave
  • vegetable oil for cooking


  • 10 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 8 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan oyster sauce I used Lucky Foods brand from Whole Foods
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 tbsp vegan fish sauce see next ingredient group

Vegan fish sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice original recipe calls for lime, but I had lemon
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  • chopped green onions


Prepare tofu

  • I freeze and thaw extra-firm tofu to give it a different texture that we like. Once thawed and drained of excess water, I cut it in half lengthwise and then into thin bite-sized squares.
  • Add oil to pan and cook tofu. I usually add some tamari here as the tofu cooks. Cook until slightly crispy.
  • Once tofu is cooked, remove from pan.

Make fish sauce

  • While the tofu is cooking, I make vegan fish sauce. I add all the ingredients to a small mason jar and shake to combine. Store any leftovers in the fridge. (I think it would be good with summer rolls but I haven't tried that yet.)

Make Pad See Ew sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine ingredients until sugar has dissolved.

Pre-cook broccoli

  • I don't have access to gai lan so I use regular frozen broccoli. I pre-heat it in the microwave in a container to save time.

Prepare noodles

  • Put noodles into a large bowl and cover with boiling water. I know the package says not to use boiling water, but I didn't have luck with "hot" water. Let noodles soften for 10 minutes or so. I stir them a couple times and check to see if they're done yet.
  • Once noodles are softened, drain. I add a bit of vegetable oil to the noodles in the bowl and stir to try to keep them from sticking together.


  • I'm using a 12" pan and so I cook two batches, one for the kids and a second for us.
  • Add vegetable oil and garlic to pad and cook for about a minute.
  • Then add broccoli and cooked tofu to the pan and cook for a minute or so. Stir to combine.
  • Add the noodles and sauce and mix everything together. Let cook for a couple of minutes until sauce is absorbed.


  • I reserve a little of the sauce to add once Pad See Ew is plated.
  • Chopped green onions are a nice addition, but optional.
. These are the wide rice noodles I use. I found them on amazon and they come shipped in bubble wrap.
Vegan fish sauce from Whole Foods. A little pricey but will last a while.

I like to eat these with chopsticks because it makes them last longer. I know the recipe looks complicated, but it’s really not and it’s definitely worth it! Delicious!