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Dec 30, 2013 08:53 AM

Best Pad See Ew in San Francisco?

I was just down in Los Angeles and had an amazing plate of Pad See Ew at Sanamluang Cafe in Hollywood.

Anything close to that in San Francisco?

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  1. PSE is so similar everywhere I've had it. What made it amazing in your case?

    1. I haven't tried it at Lers Ros on Larkin, but the other noodle dishes I've had there were exceptional.

      1. There was a depth of flavor to it that I've not come across before.

        1. The dish is common in Thai restaurants (and Thais have spelled it variously in the past 30+ years in the US, e.g pad, or phat, se-iew or se-eiew, or paht se-yu -- I just looked those up in my Thai cookbooks -- or "Noodles with Chinese Broccoli and Beef"). Popular Thai relative of "beef chow-fun."

          What's maybe less widely known, it's one of the easier and more basic Thai rice-noodle stir-fries to cook at home (any decent Thai cookbook has it, under some name). Recipes routinely include fish sauce and "dark sweet soy sauce" (or dark soy sauce plus molasses), which gives that distinctive sweet-savory character. (In recent years, I've also seen it offered with "choice of proteins," but beef, preferably very tender thin cross-grain slices, seems to be the original and standard version.)

          Those two condiments (fish sauce and a soy sauce) are major umami agents. Anyone should be able to make a vivid flavorful version by using enough of them.

          For us without the enviable experience of Sanamluang Cafe for comparison, vocesf, can you say any more about the flavors that stood out?

          1. I'm not sure how popular my answer will be, but I order Pasd See Ew at Jitlada every time I'm there. I'm not a huge Lers Ros fan, so I go here every time I have a Thai craving. Small neighborhood place, excellent flavors. I've never had a bad meal here.