SAHD Recipe – Rad Na Noodles

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Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, we’ll make Rad Na noodles, another classic Thai street food recipe! I didn’t like this dish much when I was a kid, but I love it now. Usually, when I get a 2-pound package of rice noodles, I cook Rad Na and Pad See Ew. There is too much noodle in there for just one dish. Last week, I put the recipe for Pad See Ew up. Today, I’ll share my Rad Na recipe.

Rad Na noodles

Rad Na is a bit more complicated than Pad See Ew and it takes more time. First, you make the noodles, then you make the gravy (thick soup.) It’s so delicious, though. You need a few exotic ingredients for this dish – fish sauce, sweet dark soy sauce, and a yellow soybean sauce. Check your Asian grocery store for these items. Ok, let’s cook!

*I made a video for this recipe. It’s long so you can skip a bit if you need to.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes


  • 16 oz rice noodle. You can buy 2 pounds of fresh rice noodles from most Asian grocery stores. I usually get the one that’s not precut. I think the noodle is a bit moister that way. In this recipe, I use half the noodles and save the other half for the next dish. Last week, I posted the recipe for the Pad See Ew noodles.
  • a few cloves of garlic – minced
  • broccoli – cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 carrot – sliced
  • chicken – cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • pork and or tofu.
  • 2 tablespoons sweet dark soy sauce
  • Optional – other vegetables. I used mushroom in the video because I didn’t have enough broccoli.
  • Optional – white pepper or black pepper if you don’t have any.

Gravy/Thick Soup

  • 8 cups of water/stock. I used some bouillon powder to make stock in the video. (You probably could go with 6 cups. I made extra in the video.)
  • 2 tablespoon yellow soybean paste (taojeaw.) You could try using miso or black bean paste to substitute if you can’t find it.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 tablespoon cornstarch

Pork marinade in these for 10-15 minutes

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon michu or any cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg white


*I add these links to Amazon so you can see what the ingredients look like. These items should be much cheaper at your local grocery store.


  1. The noodles – cut the noodles into the 1-inch strips. I used half of the package. Microwave it for 2 minutes, flip it over, then microwave for 1-2 more minutes. Once the noodles are soft, separate them into individual strips. See the video below.
  2. Marinade the pork for 10-15 minutes with the seasoning on the marinate list. The egg white makes the pork really tender.

Cook Noodles – see video!

  1.  Turn the heat up to medium-high. Once the wok/skillet heated up, add vegetable oil and put the 2 eggs in.
  2. Break the eggs and stir them around for 20 seconds or so.
  3. Add the wide noodles right on top. Flip it so the egg is on top. Add about 2 tablespoons of sweet dark soy sauce.
  4. Gently stir and try to coat most of the noodles with the dark soy sauce. Add more as needed.
  5. Don’t stir too much. Once most of the noodles are coated, then turn up the heat for about 30 seconds to char it.
  6. Take this pan off the heat.

Cook the gravy/thick soup

You need to cook this one by feel/taste. Taste it as you go and season it as you like. Also, you probably should use about 6 cups of water. I used 8+ in the video because I wanted to make extra.

  1. Put 8 cups of water/stock into the big saute pan.
  2. Add garlic and 2 tablespoons of the yellow bean paste. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add marinated pork and carrots. Wait for it to boil again.
  4. Add broccoli, tofu, and other vegetables.
  5. Season the soup with soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, cider vinegar, and pepper. Taste it as you go. Wait for it to bubble.
  6. Meanwhile, put 3 tablespoons of cornstarch into a bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Mix it.
  7. When the soup is boiling, add cornstarch slurry while stirring. See the video. You have to keep stirring or it will clump up.
  8. Done!

Enjoy Rad Na!

To serve, put a portion of the noodles into a wide bowl and spoon the gravy/soup over it. Make sure to get a bit of everything.

You can season the dish more at the table with these if you’d like.

  • sugar
  • spicy chili powder
  • siracha chili sauce
  • vinegar
  • pickled serrano chilies. Slice up a bunch of serrano chilies and put them in a jar with vinegar. I didn’t make this one, but I enjoy it when I eat this dish at a restaurant.

Rad Na video at Eat by 40!

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