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Rad Na Moo Recipe | Thai Pork Noodles with Gravy

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Rad Nah Moo, aka Thai rice noodles with gravy, pork and Chinese broccoli is one of my favorite Thai street vendor dishes to make at home! It's so easy, heart-warming and transports you to the streets of Thailand! | thai-foodie.com

Thai Hubby and I both zoomed back in time yesterday. Our first bite of rad na, aka lad nah, aka wide rice noodles with gravy, pork and Chinese broccoli was our Delorean that took us there.

Thai Hubby arrived at a soi, aka side street, in his home town of Sukhothai, Thailand. He had just watched a Thai street food vendor, an older, chubby woman wearing a faded red apron and a big smile, put wide dark brown tinted rice noodles into a faded blue plastic bowl. Then the vendor dipped into a huge metal pot the size of a barrel and ladled a luscious, gooey gravy of pork and Chinese broccoli over the soft noodles.

After promising to tell his grandma that the vendor says hi, Thai Hubby took the steaming bowl to a metal dark blue table with chipped paint and sat on a rickety plastic blue stool.

He picked up from the table a bottle of Thai Sriracha (which is only used in rad nah when in Sukhothai) and squirted it on the rad nah, sprinkled on some sugar, and a dash of vinegar too. He smiled big as he scooped a perfect bite of noodles, gravy, pork and broccoli onto a big metal spoon ready to devour it.

But I went back in time to the bustling market across the street from the tutoring school, where I taught back when my Thai Hubby was just a hot Thai guy that I was dating.

My Thai co-worker and I were standing in front of the rad na vendor in the back of the loud market, busy with the lunchtime rush. I was mystified as I watched the serious, older gentleman of a vendor efficiently put the dark rice noodles in a clear plastic bag and confidently, and like doing a magic trick, tie a red rubber band across the top so that the bag was now full of air like a balloon.

He did that even with the tiny bags of vinegar and peppers. Then he put all the balloon bags of rad na in to a plastic grocery bag. We carried it across the busy street, dashing across like we were playing tag with the motorcycles, taxis, buses and cars, and somehow made it safely across, to our office building, and up the elevator to our tutoring school on the third floor.

I grabbed some plastic white bowls from the kitchen, emptied our bags of rad na goodness into them, tore open some Thai chili pepper flakes to sprinkle on top,T and smiled as I scooped a perfect bite onto a big metal spoon, ready to devour it.

Rad Nah Moo, aka Thai rice noodles with gravy, pork and Chinese broccoli is one of my favorite Thai street vendor dishes to make at home! It's so easy, heart-warming and transports you to the streets of Thailand! | thai-foodie.com

I’m glad that I figured out how to make rad nah that could bring us back in time—because the first time I attempted to make it, instead of smiling after my first bite, I cried out of frustration.

We hadn’t eaten rad nah since Thailand, which was years ago. So I was super stressed the first time I made it, trying so hard to make it taste like I remembered, but I was putting too much pressure on myself. I ended up with a gooey like glue broth with tough, tiny slices of pork. It was sad.

But this time I took it slow, adjusted what I messed up on, and the smiles came.

Lesson learned. Know that if you do mess up making a Thai dish you want to make so well so badly, the next time you make it, it will taste all the better and bring those nostalgic, happy tears to your eyes.

And what helped me the most was watching this awesome Thai cooking video, which is where my rad na recipe is adapted from. I like watching Thai cooking videos, but not many are well done, but his one was so cute and helpful. Hope it helps you too!

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Recipe for How to Make Rad Na Moo

Rad Na Moo Recipe | ราดหน้า


  • Author: Sherri Pengjad
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Looking for a heart-warming, cozy Thai dish that feels like a warm hug after a hard day? You have to try soothing Thai Pork Rice Noodles with Gravy, aka Rad Na Moo, for dinner tonight!


Scale

Ingredients

Pork Marinade

Noodles

  • 34 serving size of wide rice noodles (usually half a package)
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce or 2 tsp. Thai black soy sauce

Broth

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp yellow bean sauce
  • 3 c. pork broth (or chicken if you can’t find pork)
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1/2 pound of fresh chinese broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Thai seasoning sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • Thai Sriracha (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix marinade ingredients together. Add pork and marinate it at least four hours or even overnight.
  2. Soak the rice noodles for at least 30 minutes in cold water.
  3. Warm up a wok or pan and add cooking oil.
  4. Throw in the noodles and add water and sauce slowly until noodles become soft. (The oyster sauce or dark soy sauce is just to give some color and a lil flavor to the noodles so you don’t need too much of it.)
  5. Set noodles aside.
  6. Add oil to wok or pan and warm it.
  7. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  8. Throw in yellow bean paste, pork broth and pork.
  9. Cook until the pork is not pink.
  10. Mix water and tapioca flour in a bowl and stir it into the broth.
  11. Add in chinese broccoli, the sauces and sugar to taste. Cook until chinese broccoli is tender but still crisp, just a few minutes.
  12. If you like your rad na more gooey and less soupy, add a bit more tapioca flour. If you like it more brothy like my Thai Hubby, add in more broth.
  13. Feel free to put vinegar, and Thai sriracha on the table and add to your delight if you want to eat it Sukhothai style like us! Enjoy!
  • Category: Thai
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Thai

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3-4

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  • Laurie

    Thank you for this Rad Na Moo recipe. I can’t wait to try this out, it sounds super delicious. My favorite Thai dish is Rad Nah. There are no good Thai restaurants where I live so I appreciate your website and recipes. I enjoyed your blog; I went to MOPS too!

    • Sherri Phengchard

      I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed my website Laurie, and that you attend MOPS too! I love it. I totally understand about not having good Thai restaurants around, so I’m so glad you can make the Thai dishes you love at home. Let me know how you like the Rad Na Moo recipe!

  • Laurie

    Are you familiar with a Thai Noodle Soup which is called, Rocket Noodle Soup. It has
    egg noodles, stewed chicken drumstick, bean sprouts, onion, cilantro. Looking for a recipe.

  • Sherri Phengchard

    I’ve never heard of Rocket Noodles Soup and neither has my Thai husband, but our Chicken Khao Soi recipe has all the ingredients you listed, so you can try making that one! http://thai-foodie.com/thaifood/chicken-khao-soi-recipe/

  • Ebs

    You are such a talented writer! You make everything so interesting and inviting through your storytelling – such a great blog!

    • Sherri Phengchard

      Thanks Ebs for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoy the stories! I will keep them coming 🙂

  • hang

    How do you make the thai seasoning sauce, or do you buy that seasoning sauce?

  • Al

    You can use instant chicken broth?

    • Sherri Phengchard

      Good question Al! Yes, you can!

      • Al

        I just see that you can also just use water. Do you use instant broth or you make your broth?

  • tania

    Thank you for this recipe. My sister and I lived in Bangkok when we were young and loved the “fried noodles” our maid cooked for us and that we got at the embassy cafeteria. Have been searching for years for something that comes close. I think this is it! Will take me some time to work on my wok skills but I will make it for her soon and we will relive some happy memories

    • Sherri Pengjad

      That’s awesome you got to live in Bangkok when you were young!! I hope this dish brings back all those sweet memories of your childhood! 🙂