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Mar 31, 2014 09:26 AM

Noodles for pad see ew (phat si io) in NYC?

Does anyone have a source for the long, wide noodles that most establishments use for pad see ew in NYC? Been to a couple of the larger Asian markets (and the Thai grocer in Chinatown) and haven't seen anything but the dried, square noodles (which turn into noodle roll-ups when cooked) and then ones that are more appropriate to pad thai.

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  1. There are 2 places I know of in Chinatown.

    There's another place on the corner of Bowery and Grand -- the place where they sell tofu and bean sprouts. Don't know the name.

    ETA: Sorry, I see this is on Outer Boroughs -- thought I was in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, there's a stand on 8th Ave around 56th Street or so that sells the rice noodles you're looking for. They used to be on the west side of the street but last time I was there (which was about a year ago), they've relocated to the east side.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      Are they dried or fresh? (Not that it matters, I just want to look in the correct place.)

      1. re: lambretta76

        Yes, all of the places I've listed above (including the new location for Kong Kee as Jen and Squid have noted) have the fresh rice noodles. They are sold unrefrigerated (once those noodles are put in the fridge, they lose their pliability).

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Wow -- I've been looking in the wrong place all this time. So they're fresh, but not dried. Do you happen to know what they're called in Mandarin (or Cantonese, whichever is more appropriate in this instance).

          1. re: lambretta76

            anybody know if they sell this in Flushing? I live in Long Island and have been looking for this for years. I have given up hope in finding it out here, but I can get to Flushing easily.

            1. re: jpf1980

              You know, that is something I have not found with any regularity in Flushing. I have seen it but it has been hit or miss. When I have found them, it has been next to the refrigerated noodle section of Asian supermarkets (but located at room temperature).

              The thread is old so the info may be out of date. But maybe this may be helpful:


            2. re: lambretta76

              I think it's called ho fun. I remember I once asked for chow fun noodles (just because these are the noodles used when ordering chow fun at a Chinese restaurant). The people looked at me like I was crazy.

              Dried rice noodles won't achieve what you're looking for in pad see ew -- well, at least the version you've probably had at NYC Thai restaurants. The noodles are soft, pliable, fresh coated with a bit of oil. It's strongly recommended that you buy the noodles the same day you plan on making your dish. I once refrigerated the noodles and it didn't cook up properly -- I had to add some water to get the noodles to soften and the whole thing turned into one gummy mess.

              It's best to cook pad see ew in batches to get the proper char on the noodles. If you try cooking larger amounts, the noodles steam up and it's not the same as what you get at restaurants.

              Good luck with your pad see ew.

              1. re: lambretta76

                Just show the vendor this picture: 河粉
                If possible, avoid refrigerated noodles that most stores carry; ideally you want today's batch.

          2. re: Miss Needle

            The simple fresh toful store at 5103 8th Ave in Brooklyn (next to the Buddhist Temple) sells fresh rice noodles as well as wonderful fresh tofu, bean sprouts and other noodle types.

            I thought that the noodle/tofu shop at Bowery and Grand was long gone with gentrification, or maybe it moved down the block??

            1. re: jen kalb

              You're right, Kong Kee on the corner closed. The owners reopened a block or so west ( Here's Dave Cook on this shop: