Eat This Now: Pad See Ew at Thai & Chinese Express
If you've had the dish elsewhere you'd know the components are dead simple: Scotch Tape-wide rice noodles, sweet soy sauce, beef, some sort of green vegetable preferably of the crisp and snappy variety. Everything else is in the execution; and Thai & Chinese Express does it exceeding well. It uses not one but three different types of greens: bok choy, American and Chinese broccoli. None of it is overcooked. The beef is plentiful and tender, and the rice noodle ribbons it renders to a silken texture--each slippery belt left with just the slightest chew and thoroughly seeped through of the seasoning. As it needs to ultimately slide into your gullet, a little grease is permissible and expected. But you need to eat it seconds from the blazing heat of the wok to fully appreciate its splendor. It only retains the precious, seared wok-breath for exactly the length of time you'll need to finish the dish...which isn't long.
Thai & Chinese Express, 2540 Main St. Unit J, Irvine, CA 92614, (949) 724-1813
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