Search Recipes

Pad See Hew

A recipe from the Good Food collection.


Pad See Hew
Pad See Hew
80 ml (2½ fl oz/⅓ cup) kecap manis
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal oelek
1 tablespoon sugar
60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) peanut oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
100 g (3½ oz) tempeh, cut into thin strips, approximately 5 mm × 3 cm (¼ × 1¼ inches)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 bunches (about 750 g/1 lb 10 oz each) Chinese broccoli (gai larn), tough stem ends discarded, leaves coarsely shredded
450 g (1 lb) fresh flat rice noodles, separated
1–2 red bird's eye chillies, thinly sliced on the diagonal
50 g (1¾ oz/⅓ cup) roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
lime wedges, to serve 



  1. In a small bowl, mix together the kecap manis, soy sauce, sambal oelek and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a large wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat and swirl to coat the side. Add the eggs and cook for about 1 minute, pushing the outside cooked areas into the centre as they cook. When the egg has set, transfer the omelette to a cutting board and cut into 1 cm (½ inch)-wide strips. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok. Add the tempeh and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes, or until just golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  4. Stir-fry the garlic in the wok for 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and cook, tossing the wok, for 2–3 minutes. Add the noodles and kecap manis mixture and stir-fry for a further 2–3 minutes. Add the tempeh and omelette strips and toss to combine and heat through.
  5. Divide the noodle mixture among serving bowls. Sprinkle with the chilli and peanuts and serve with lime wedges.


This vegetarian version of the Thai rice noodle dish uses tempeh in place of meat. Like tofu, tempeh is made from split soya beans, but has a deep, nutty flavour and more protein, fibre and vitamins than tofu.

Sambal oelek is a hot paste made from crushed fresh red chillies, mixed with salt and vinegar.

Fresh rice noodles can be thick or thin, or sold in a sheet that can be cut to the desired width. To loosen and separate the noodles, simply rinse them in hot water, then drain. They are added to stir-fries or simmered dishes near the end of cooking as they only need to be heated through

You'll find all these ingredients in Asian grocery stores and large supermarkets

Main ingredient:
Noodles, Eggs
Dinner, Lunch

More recipes like this...

Neil Perry's coconut duck.

Wok-fried duck with coconut milk, Thai basil and vermicelli noodles

Neil Perry
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
15 Reader ratings

Vegetable Pad Thai

Weight Watchers
Karen Martini's pad Thai.

Pad Thai

Karen Martini
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
574 Reader ratings
Murdoch Recipe Thumbnail

Satay chicken noodles

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4 Reader ratings

Thai fried noodles with prawns

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3 Reader ratings


Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies