I know, I know. The whole thing about Pad See Ew is that it’s made out of those delicious, super-sized, extra wide rice noodles. The kind that feel chewy and silky all at the same time. The kind that you can only find at the asian market that is just a little too far away on a Wednesday night.
Fortunately, I picked up a box of brown rice noodles and they were just sitting in my cupboard begging to be eaten. So, yeah, this Tempeh and Broccoli Pad See Ew is really more like a Tempeh and Broccoli “Pad See Ew”, emphasis on the air quotes. I guess I wasn’t sure what else to call it? It’s that perfect salty/sweet combination with the caramelized noodle bits you associate with really good Pad See Ew. But its made with Pad Thai sized-noodles. When I brought this dilemma to Mr. Peach’s attention (the same Mr. Peach who absolutely loved this dish), he suggested I call it “Asian Noodle Surprise”. Somehow I’m not sure that generic and slightly terrifying name is going to sit well with the internet food community. “Pad See Ew” it is!
Plus, well, noodles.
- ½ cup tamari
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 12 ounces tempeh
- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 head of broccoli
- 8 ounces brown rice noodles
- 3 T olive oil
- Combine soy sauce and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve. Cut the tempeh into ¼ inch thick slices
- Mince the garlic and shallots. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Pour almost boiling water over the brown rice noodles and let sit for 8 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pan until shimmering. Add tempeh and cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes or until it starts to brown. Add 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce mixture and cook for another 5 minutes until evenly brown. Most of the oil will be absorbed at this point. Add a little bit more oil to the pan along with the shallot and garlic, followed about a minute after with the broccoli. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- The noodles should be done soaking around this time. Drain them and add them to the pan, along with the rest of the soy sauce mixture. Stir fry for another 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately with plenty of sambal oelek and scallions.