The Mystery of the Ew

A cat reads The Binge.

I need your help solving a mystery.

Long story short-ish, I like Thai food. I like yellow curry. I like pad thai (well, not all the time– but I love it from Gindi Thai). I like pad woon sen. Etc etc.

But for some reason, I cannot eat pad see ew. I’ve tried it at various times in my life, and from different restaurants. (You know… just to see if it was a one-time deal.) Every time, I get fully nauseated. Like, thisclose to vomiting.


As far as I know, I’m not allergic to any of the food-ingredients in pad see ew. Is there some special oil in it, that isn’t in other Thai dishes?

On a potentially related note, Umami Burger makes my stomach really unhappy… some people have guessed that they use MSG? Or maybe it’s the oil? (This is really perturbing, because Umami is super-hip and there’s one IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.) (And apparently they serve awesome ice cream sandwiches.)

After years of head-scratching, I leave it to the internet to help me figure this one out. What puts the “ew” in pad see ew?

Are there any random foods/spices/oils that make you go “blech” in the night?


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One thought on “The Mystery of the Ew

  1. I have the exact same problem, I live Thai food and i love Pad see ew but cannot eat it ! I have tried it everywhere and get nauseous every time. Took me a while to fighter out it was the Ew and not thai food in general that did this. I cannot find a reason, looking at the ingredients I don’t think I am allergic to any of them so who knows? Perhaps when put together with the rice noodles they create something I cannot handle. I am allergic to Penicillin, and curious if that has anything to do with this. I found out years ago that people with penicillin allergy are sensitive to coolants used in cars…..

    Anyhow, if you find a reason, please let me know 😉

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