Popular dish of Thailand and one of my favorite Thai foods – Pad Thai… an easy and the perfect recipe for a delicious meal…!!
The word pad means “stir fried” and it is the common meal you can find on the streets of Thailand. How would I know? Well actually that’s where we toured for our honeymoon!! Awwww, it was one of the most memorable trips… sightseeing, adventure tours, walking around the street shops, trying food at different roadside eateries, shopping… we had so much to do and it was super fun..!!!!
The yummiest Pad Thai I have ever tasted was at my first time, at an upscale restaurant in Pattaya, Thailand. The balance of the sauces, perfectly cooked rice stick noodles, fresh shrimp, the plating, altogether it made me a huge fan of this dish. After moving to the US I have had no dearth for Thai food, and I just love their various dishes like the spicy basil fried rice, and Panang curry.
Pad Thai flavours are a combination of the rice noodles, veggies, protein, peanuts and the main hero, it’s Pad Thai Sauce. The sauce is a complex blend of hot, sour, sweet and salt; the right balance of the sweetness from sugar/brown sugar, sourness from tamarind puree, acidity of the lime juice, spiciness from the paprika and the salty fish sauce and oyster sauce. Another thing I like about Thai food is how easily you can use any protein – chicken, shrimp or tofu for the veggies.
Do try this recipe and let me know how it tasted… Enjoy..!!
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Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
- 7 oz dried rice noodles
- 2 tbsp tamarind puree
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- ¼ tsp paprika/chili powder
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 tbsp shallots (minced)
- 5-8 shrimps (deveined)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup carrots (sliced thinly)
- Crushed peanuts
- Oil (as required)
- Green onions (chopped)
- Lime wedges (to garnish)
- To prepare the pad thai sauce, in a small bowl mix tamarind puree, fish sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and paprika powder, stir well and keep aside.
- Meanwhile cook the noodles according to its package instructions OR soak rice noodles in lukewarm water for 1 hour. Drain, and add to pan as required in the instructions below.
- Heat a pan/wok with some oil. Add chopped garlic and shallots, saute until they are fragrant. Add shrimp and cook till its color changes.
- Make a pit in the center of the wok by moving the cooked shrimp mix to the sides and pour the eggs. Beat the eggs lightly so that the yolks break and as it starts to coagulate fold in the cooked shrimp mix. Add carrots.
- Add the drained rice noodles to the pan and toss well.
- Once the noodles and the shrimp are almost cooked, add the pad thai sauce to the pan and mix.
- As the sauce starts to boil, add the peanuts and keep folding in the noodles with the sauce till it thickens (2 mins).
- Remove from the heat, garnish with green onions, peanuts and lime wedge.
- Serve immediately.
- For vegetarians, the shrimp/protein can be substituted with tofu, and fish/oyster sauce with soya sauce.
- A wok suits the best to cook pad thai, but if you don’t have one you can use any centered heavy bottomed pan or even a cast iron skillet works.
- Use rice stick noodles, the extra wide ones can be bought from Asian stores.
- Do not overcook rice noodles as it can turn sticky.
- Vary the spiciness according to your preference by adjusting the amount of paprika powder.