I receive a LOT of baby bok choy in my CSA share. Every time my husband spots it, he requests his favorite Thai dish, Pad See Ew. I do have a favorite version that I typically prepare, but, by chance I received a new recipe (email 😉 ) for his special dish when I received my recent bounty of bok choy.
The goal of this recipe was to recreate a high-heat wok cooked dish on a stove top by altering the stir fry technique. By cooking the ingredients in batches and combining all of the ingredients just prior to serving, the high-heat char typical of this dish was achieved. This version was indeed the closest I’ve come to reproducing my husband’s favorite take out dish.
This recipe was adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. I used baby bok choy instead of broccolini, chicken thighs instead of breasts, Thai chiles instead of serrano, and fresh rice noodles. I reduced the oil and doubled the recipe as well. Great!
Yield: Serves 8
For the Chile-Vinegar:
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 2 Thai chiles or 1 serrano chile, stemmed and sliced into thin rings
For the Stir-Fry:
- 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut against grain into ¼-inch thick slices
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 24 oz fresh wide rice noodles (can substitute 16 oz 1/4-inch wide dried rice noodles)
- 5-6 T vegetable oil (I used sunflower seed oil)
- 1/2 cup oyster sauce
- 3 T soy sauce
- 4 T packed dark brown sugar
- 2 T white vinegar
- 2 tsp molasses
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 8 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 6 large eggs
- 2 pounds baby bok choy (about 10), sliced into 1/2-inch pieces, separated into leaves and stems (broccolini or broccoli are good substitutes)
- additional greens, if desired (I added 1/2 head of my CSA Sugarloaf Chicory as well)
For the Chile Vinegar:
- Combine vinegar and serrano in bowl. Let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
For the Stir Fry:
- Combine chicken with 4 tablespoons water and baking soda in bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Rinse chicken in cold water and drain well.
- If using fresh rice noodles: Place noodles in very hot tap water until they can be separated into large pieces. (If using dried rice noodles: Bring 6 cups water to boil. Place noodles in large bowl. Pour boiling water over noodles. Stir, then soak until noodles are almost tender, about 8 minutes, stirring once halfway through soak. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well and toss with 2 teaspoons oil.)
- Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, molasses, and fish sauce together in bowl.
- Heat 1 T oil and garlic in 12-inch (nonstick) skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is deep golden brown, about minute.
- Add chicken and 4 tablespoons sauce mixture, toss to coat, and spread chicken into even layer. Cook, without stirring, until chicken begins to brown, 1 to 1½ minutes.
- Using tongs, flip chicken and cook, without stirring, until second side begins to brown, 1 to 1½ minutes.
- Push chicken to 1 side of skillet. Add 1 T oil to cleared side of skillet.
- Add eggs to clearing. Using rubber spatula, stir eggs gently and cook until set but still wet. Stir eggs into chicken and continue to cook, breaking up large pieces of egg, until eggs are fully cooked, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer chicken mixture to bowl.
- Heat 1 T oil in now-empty skillet until smoking. Add bok choy stems and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the remaining bok choy leaves and 4 tablespoons sauce and toss to coat.
- Cover skillet and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.
- Remove lid and continue to cook until broccolini is crisp and very brown in spots, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Transfer broccolini to bowl with chicken mixture.
- Sauce any additional greens in the remaining cooking liquid, if desired.
- Heat 1 T oil in now-empty skillet until smoking. Add half of noodles and 4 tablespoons sauce and toss to coat. Cook until noodles are starting to brown in spots, about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Transfer noodles to bowl with chicken mixture.
- Repeat with remaining 1 T oil, noodles, and sauce. When second batch of noodles is cooked, add contents of bowl back to skillet and toss to combine. Cook, without stirring, until everything is warmed through, 1 to 1½ minutes.
- Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately, passing chile vinegar separately.
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