On our anniversary a few years ago Peter and I went to a Thai restaurant. He ordered his favorite Pad Thai and I ordered red curry. Within 24 hours I was craving more but knew I’d have to make it since I can’t sustain a daily $40 Thai food bill 😉 So, I obsessed a bit on youtube and practiced a lot to make this delicious Pad Thai. Here is a vegetarian option, but it is easy to add meat and I’ll tell you when to do it.
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Pad Thai is slightly sweet, not spicy at all, and mostly a noodle dish cooked in a hot wok. It tastes best when cooked in small batches (two plates tops at a time). The key is to have everything cut and ready so when it is cook time you just throw stuff in and it’s done in about 5-10 minutes. You also will want to get a wok. A regular pan will work too but I figure there is a reason a wok is what restaurants use as well as street vendors so I use a wok 🙂
Ingredients for the sauce (enough for two people):
Combine these in a small pan and bring to a boil until all sugar is dissolved. I chop up the palm sugar so it dissolves easier. It has a soft crumbly texture when cut with a knife and a distinct flavor different from white or brown sugar. I think it tastes like roasted marshmallows smell… if that rings a bell 🙂
3 Tablespoons fish sauce
3 Tablespoons palm sugar
3 Tablespoons tamarind paste
Ingredients for noodle dish (enough for two people)
Half a package of dry rice noodles, partially cooked.
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 green onions chopped
1 carrot shredded (some recipes call for pickled radish, but the restaurant I ate at used carrot)
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 lime, cut into wedges
1-2 Tablespoons unsalted peanuts, chopped
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How to make this dish
Heat up the wok very hot, medium high or high. Add oil to cover the whole pan. If you choose to add meat or tofu, cook it now in the oil and remove from pan. Then add more oil. If not, just start by adding the eggs. Scramble. Scoot them to the side and add garlic and carrot for about one minute.
Mix it all together and add partially cooked noodles on top. Add all of your sauce and a few tablespoons of water and stir in. You want the noodles to get a few crispy pieces from touching the bottom of the pan. If the noodles are not soft enough after absorbing all the liquid add more water.
Once they appear soft enough add in bean sprouts and green onion for about 30 seconds. Then serve with peanuts, lime wedge, and siracha!
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Let me know in the comments if you have any other secrets to this dish or what other Asian recipes you would like to see here on the blog!