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How to make vegetarian Pad Thai step by step

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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The dish

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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

2 eggs

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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We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Ingredients to make pad thai sauce. I like three crabs brand fish sauce and any brand tamarind paste and palm sugar. We used half this package of noodles for two people.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Tamarind paste gives the noodles their color and adds the sour flavor needed for the dish. Make sure the sauce is ready before you heat up your wok.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Cover the noodles with water and bring to a boil. Keep a close eye on them as you want to drain the water when they are partially cooked, still a tad hard in the middle but cooked on the sides. Better yet, buy fresh noodles at an Asian market.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
The fresh ingredients found at an Asian food store. Most of these can also be found at a regular store too.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Here is what the noodles look like when I took them out to drain. Mostly cooked but a tad hard. They bend but will finish cooking when they soak up the sauce in the wok.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
I add two eggs for two people, but you could also fry up extra egg, or fry up tofu with this step for added protein.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Shove the egg aside and make room to stir the garlic and carrot for about one minute before adding noodles.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Honestly, I think this was just a tad too many noodles for the size of my wok. I actually added about 3/4 of the package and made a bit more sauce to compensate, but it made the wok too full. Less in the wok means more space for the noodles to get that crispy cooked edge. If you see what street vendors use, they cook one dish at a time with woks that have a larger base than this.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Here I add a huge handful of fresh bean sprouts and three chopped green onion. Quickly toss about one minute to soften but give the onions and bean sprouts a cooked crisp texture.

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
And it’s ready!

 

We make this authentic vegetarian pad thai recipe at home a LOT and it tastes like the restaurant. Learn how with step by step photos at www.blueandhazel.com. You can easily add meat too!
Add lime wedge and chopped peanuts on top.

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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!

 

 

 

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