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Thai Rad Na Gai Recipe for Charred Rice Noodles with Chicken and Gravy

This Thai rad na rai recipe for charred rice noodles with chicken and gravy makes a Thai-Chinese street food dish that like pad kra pao is more popular with Thais than the more famous pad Thai. This recipe, adapted from chef David Thompson's Thai Street Food cookbook, makes a rad na that tastes exactly like our Bangkok favourite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch, snack, street food
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 11260kcal
Author: Adapted from chef David Thompson's recipe


  • 200 g fresh wide rice noodles
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce optional
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200 g chicken breast fillet cut into 2-bite pieces
  • 1 tbsp yellow bean sauce
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 200 gm young Chinese broccoli or bok choy cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour mixed to a slurry with 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

To serve

  • chillies steeped in vinegar
  • fish sauce
  • chilli flakes
  • chilli sauce


  • Separate the noodles. If you’ve bought fresh steamed rice noodles, rub them with the dark soy sauce. If they’ve been refrigerated they may be stiff, so leave them on the kitchen bench at room temperature to soften a little.
  • Heat a dry wok and spread the noodles over its surface, allowing them to soften, brown and char until they even appear burnt in parts, before lifting and turning the noodles. If the noodles stick to the wok, add a little oil. If they stick to each other, they are well and truly ready. Once the noodles are done, divide them between two bowls and cover with a clean tea towel to keep them warm.
  • In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic and salt, and fry it in oil in the same wok (wiped clean with a paper towel) until fragrant, then add the chicken and fry until sealed.
  • Add the yellow bean sauce and fry for a minute, then add the pepper and chicken stock, bring to the boil, then add the sugar and Chinese broccoli or bok choy, and turn the heat down.
  • Simmer the chicken until cooked and the broccoli or bok choy have wilted, then pour in the tapioca slurry, and stir constantly until the sauce thickens to a gravy-like consistency, and is almost translucent and “pleasingly glutinous” as David Thompson says.
  • Add the light soy and fish sauce, and taste – it should be “salty, sweet and smoky” – and adjust the seasoning to your palate.
  • To plate, you could pour the chicken gravy over the noodles, or return the noodles to the wok and combine well so that the gravy coats the noodles, then divide between the bowls.
  • Sprinkle with white pepper and serve with fish sauce, white sugar, roasted chilli powder and sliced chillies steeped in vinegar.


Calories: 11260kcal | Carbohydrates: 1872g | Protein: 1290g | Fat: 173g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 81g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 56978mg | Potassium: 212321mg | Fiber: 842g | Sugar: 998g | Vitamin A: 3753157IU | Vitamin C: 37803mg | Calcium: 88230mg | Iron: 674mg