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how should i ask for pad kee mao to get the noodles charred on the edges with caramelization from the sauce in the super-hot wok. i now ask for "well-done." is there a better way to describe my preference to a thai server?

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    1. re: bitsubeats

      wok "hay" or wok "hi"? how do i pronounce?

      1. re: alkapal

        hmm my reply got deleted? I'm not chinese, but I've heard it pronounced wok"hay"

        Then again you have to wonder if the Thai server understands Cantonese

        1. re: bitsubeats

          Alkapal,
          You're not going to like this answer. My Thai wife says that the noodles in Phad Khii Maw are not supposed to come out charred and with a lot of carmelization. If they do come out that way, the cook screwed up. I just looked at the Phad Khii Maw recipe in a new Thai-language cookbook that I brought back from Bangkok last month and though it does say to turn the heat to high when the noodles go in the wok, it also says to stir-fry them only briefly enough to get them hot and well mixed with the other stuff. Below is a line of Thai text that asks that the noodles be cooked a little longer than normal.
          ขอผัดก๋วยเตี๋ยวนานหน่อย
          Also, my wife thinks that if they use medium sized noodles instead of the wide noodles that Phad Khii Maw normally calls for you might get them a little more well done and with some charring. The below line of text asks them to substitute medium sized noodles for the big ones. Good luck.
          ขอใช้เส้นเล็กแทนเส้นใหญ่

          1. re: ThaiNut

            hooo, boooo hoooo, thainut! i did not like that! ;-(.

            i'm happy though that maw is not mao. thanks, though. i like 'em with caramelization bits!

          2. re: bitsubeats

            You're right, wok hay is the proper pronunciation and you are right that there is no expectation to have your Thai server or cook understand this term.