The other night I made Pad Thai for the fiance and his fam.
Many of you requested that I post the recipe, which makes me so happy since Thai food is probably the best thing out there.
Cooking pad thai is a fast process. Ideally, it is prepared in a wok over high heat.
You can add or omit ingredients as you see necessary.
I love super spicy food. So, I was sure to add extra red chili and green Serrano chili's to the mix. If spice isn't your thing, be sure to leave these two ingredients out.
What you need:
300 g. narrow rice noodles (approx. 3 cups)
4 tbsp. oil (I try to cut this in half, but the finished product will be a little drier)
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 tbsp. peanuts- roasted and ground
1 cup bean sprouts
1/4 chives- roasted and chopped
2 tbsp. garlic and shallots
2 tbsp. vinegar or tamarind juice
1 tbsp. dried shrimp (optional. I used fresh shrimp)
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1/2 cup tofu
1 tbsp. dried chili (optional)
2 lime- cut in wedges
pepper to taste
NOTE: These are the exact measurements that were provided by the Thai cooking school I attended while traveling in Thailand. These measurements are not meant to be followed exactly- at least not in my opinion. Also, depending on how big your wok or frying pan is will determine how much you can prepare at one time. The fish sauce and tamarind sauce are key.
1. Depending on brand, soak the noodles in water at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes.
2. Heat 4 tbsp. of oil in the wok and fry garlic, shallots and red dried chili until garlic and shallots are yellow.
3. Add the fish sauce, dark and light soy sauce, sugar, and the vinegar or tamarind juice.
4. Add noodles and fry until the noodles are cooked.
5. Move noodles to one side of the wok. Add 2 more tbsp. of oil. When heated, break the egg.
6. Add bean sprouts and chives.
7. Mix thoroughly.
8. Remove for wok and garnish with peanuts, pepper and fresh lime.
I prepared the shrimp and tofu in a separate frying pan. I just added soy sauce, fish sauce and a little bit of oil and cooked the tofu and shrimp until fully cooked.
I encourage you to play around with this recipe.
Some people may prefer more soy sauce than fish sauce and vice versa.
As long as you add all these ingredients together, it's guaranteed to be tasty!
Happy Monday everyone!