Pad Woon Sen

Pad Woon Sen

Servings: 8

Total Time: 35 mins

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Last Updated: March 1, 2022

Pad Woon Sen is a classic Thai noodle dish that may not be as popular as Pad Thai but is just as delicious. It’s stir fried glass noodles in a savory sauce and you can customize it with your choice of protein from seafood to beef to tofu.  It’s a great option if you’re looking for something lighter or as an appetizer before your main course.  

The name originates from Woon Sen, which refers to noodles made from mung bean starch and Kwao Krua, which are flat wheat rice noodles.  This dish has many variations but here is a simple recipe for Pad Woon Sen. The stir-fried glass noodles come swimming in a savory sauce thickened from beaten eggs, giving the dish that satisfying mouth feel.


  • 3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 1 Cup Carrots
  • 1 Small Bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Cups Bean Sprouts
  • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Thai Bird Chili
  • 160 Grams Bean Thread Noodles
  • 1 Cup Cabbage
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Eggs Lightly Beaten
  • 2 Stalks Scallions
  • 3/4 Cup Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Small Onion


  • 1 tsn Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsn Oyster Sauce
  • 1 dash Ground White Pepper
  • 2 tbsn Water
  • 1 tsn Sugar
  • 1 tbsn Soy Sauce


Step 1

Prepare a cutting board and a sharp knife.

Step 2

Prepare the vegetables before you start cooking. Slice carrots with a salt shaker, shred cabbage and chop garlic. In the same way cut green onion stalks into 1-2 inch pieces, tomato slices, onion and Thai chili pepper. At the very end, cut the chicken into small pieces.

Step 3

Take a bowl and pour warm water into it and add bean thread noodles to it.

Step 4

Now it’s time to prepare the sauce, for this mix in a bowl oyster sauce, fish sauce, water, soy sauce, white pepper, sugar. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes until the mixture is homogeneous.

Step 5

Preheat the wok on high heat, after a couple of minutes turn the heat to medium and add the butter.

Step 6

Lightly beat the eggs and add them to the wok for 25 seconds before scrambling them. Then take them out of the wok and set them aside.

Step 7

Next, grease the wok with oil and throw in the sliced chicken pieces. Fry until fully cooked, then add soy sauce at the end.

Step 8

Add the garlic and onion to the chicken and stir-fry for a couple of minutes over medium heat. Then add the carrots and tomato slices. Gently stir while everything fries, about 1 minute.

Step 9

Drain the water from the noodles and add them to the wok, at this point pour the sauce on top and mix thoroughly. After that, add chopped green onions and bean sprouts. Stir very gently for a couple of minutes.

Step 10

Garnish your finished dish with chopped cilantro and thai bird chili. Bon appetit!

When it comes to Thai food, there are many dishes to choose from. Some of the most popular include Pad Thai, Yellow Curry, and Tom Yum Soup. However, there is often an alternative option that can be just as good as the first. Such is the case for Pad Woon Sen. 

The key to making this dish tasty and delicious is the sauce, which flavors the noodles and tenderizes them at the same time. Often displayed in Thailand for sale by street vendors, not only does it smell and taste delicious, it also requires less effort than making your own pad thai from scratch.

Pad Woon Sen Recipe

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