Pad Woon Sen (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 17, 2016
Pad Woon Sen (Stir Fried Glass Noodles) Image credit: thanakorn

Pad woon sen is often dismissed as the less popular cousin of pad Thai, but is still worth the try nonetheless. The main difference between these two noodle dishes lies in the noodles, with the former using mung bean noodles and the latter using rice noodles.

Pad woon sen has slowly been gaining attention from more health-conscious foodies as it has fewer calories than pad Thai although just as flavorful. The secret to a good pad woon sen is firm, perfectly cooked noodles. This is important to ensure that all the flavors of the fish sauce, garlic, and chicken are adequately absorbed.

Here are the best places to have pad woon sen in Bangkok:

  • ISAN ROD DED RESTAURANT | Thanon Rangnam
    For sensational Isan recipes
    What to order: Pad woon sen, Tom saap sekong moo, Som tam Thai
    Price range: 50 to 100 baht ($1.44 to $2..89)
    When: 11:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 3/5-6 Thanon Rangnam, Bangkok
  • SOM TAM BOO MAA RESTAURANT | Bang Khun Non
    For Thai dishes with perfect sauce pairings
    What to order: Roasted snakehead fish, Som tam goong sot, Pad woon sen
    Price range: 100 to 200 baht ($2.89 to $5.77)
    When: 11:00 – 23:00 (Daily)
    Where: 25/48 Thanon Charan Sanitwong, Bang Khun Non, Bangkok
  • TAMNAK ISAN | Ekamai
    For authentic spicy Isan cuisine
    What to order: Pad woon sen, Papaya salad with pickled fish, Grilled catfish
    Price range: 40 to 120 baht ($1.15 to $3.46)
    When: 11:00 – 21:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    Where: 70/4 Sukhumvit 63, Ekamai, Bangkok
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