Monday, January 30, 2012

Shrimp and tofu pad thai

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 eggs
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!
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Meghan Goheen said...

I love Thai. This looks great I will have to try this out.
Last week and the week before I made Thai Green Beef Curry. I think I might make it again this week :)
Glad you are enjoying your time with the fiance.


Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

haha okay, you're definitely showing up my stir fry skills ! We bought the box to make this, this week too! Yumm.. Maybe I'll rearrange so I can have it tonight!

Brooklyn said...


Sandra said...

That looks delicious!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Hope you are having a great time with your boy!

dreaming en francais said...

This looks/sounds SO yummy! Thank you for the sweet comments dear, following you back now xo

Catherine said...

This looks delicious! My husband spent 3 years in Thailand and I've been DYING to go. Until then, the closest thing I have to traveling there is the food.

Great blog by the way! Come check out mine here: FEST. It's all about food, style & travel

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Dorothy Explor'r said...

i def LOVE padthai :) and it's become such a staple dish now that i can make it with virtually just about anything and eyeballing as long as i have the key ingredients!

great tute! and you went to cooking schoo in thailand? do come by and tell me more about it! i'd love to hear more recipes to see how it differs from my own cooking!

i would post up tutorials and recipes with the dishes i make and post on my blog - but the reality is, when it comes to asian dishes... it's all by taste, experience and eyeballing bc i know each ingredient inside and out!


and i agree... i think thai food is the best out there! and i'm trying really hard to be objective and not biased either. ahah.

Bruleegirl said...

love a good pad thai

prettymeggy said...

this look yummy!

Alex Butts said...

homemade pad thai? i'm impressed! I'll have to try because I love that stuff!

rachel said...

oh my goodness! i JUST finished a huge lunch and these pictures are STILL making me drool! this looks fantastic!

i am so happy your fiance is finally home and you've got a smile on your pretty face :) and i LOVE the new blog look too!

lori said...

this sounds SOOO good. i love tofu and pad thai!

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