This is a simple-to-make dish with complex flavors. The key is the see ew sauce, which is based on black sweet soy sauce, which, in turn, tastes very much like the Indonesian kecap manis type of sweet soy sauce.
If you don’t have or can’t find black sweet soy sauce, don’t substitute regular soy sauce because the flavors are not even close to the same. Instead, go online and find an easy recipe to make it yourself; they’re not hard to find. Typical ingredients include soy sauce, some kind of sugar, garlic and ginger, among others.
This dish is quick enough for a weeknight dinner for two, and recommended meats include sliced chicken thighs, medium shrimp, or what I used, sliced pork tenderloin.
This recipe is based on a True Thai recipe by Hong Thaimee.
What you’ll need for the noodles:
- 2T vegetable oil
- 1t minced garlic
- 2 eggs
- 8 oz thinly-sliced raw meat or medium-size deveined shrimp
- 8-12 oz uncooked wide rice noodles
- 3T see ew sauce
- 1 cup Chinese broccoli or kale that’s cut into strips
- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced and blanched (optional)
- 1 cup bean sprouts (optional)
- 1t white pepper
- Lime wedges for serving
What you’ll need for the see ew sauce:
- 0.25 cups oyster sauce
- 0.25 cups mushroom sauce
- 0.5 cups black sweet soy sauce
- 2T sugar or brown sugar
What to do for the see ew sauce:
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool before using.
What to do for the noodles:
Cook the rice noodles, per the directions on the package. Set aside.
Get all of your ingredients measured and set out, because once you crank up the stove to high, you won’t have time to measure out ingredients.
In a wok or large frypan, heat the oil and garlic over medium-high heat until it smells delicious. Be careful not to burn the garlic or you’ll have to start over, as burnt garlic will ruin the entire dish with its bitterness.
Now you have to move quickly. Add the eggs and break the yolks, stirring quickly to scramble them for about a minute. Turn the heat to high and add whatever meat or shrimp, cooking for one or two minutes, until no longer raw.
Add the cooked noodles and see ew sauce, distributing the sauce throughout the noodles and meat. Add the vegetables and continue cooking until they’re just cooked.
Remove from heat and add the bean sprouts, if using, and the white pepper. Mix thoroughly.
Serve hot with lime wedges.