Pad Thai - one of my earliest introduction dishes to Thai food - is not only enjoyed throughout Thailand, but is also celebrated throughout the world. It is one of Thai foods best loved offerings. I love digging into a these classic sour, sweet and spicy noodles. After a long day working, tucking into a Pad Thai in front the TV is the ultimate unwinding exercise. When cooked at home, Pad Thai is so much better than that taken out. It is customary to use dried shrimps in Pad Thai, but I prefer my Pad Thai with fresh shrimps instead. But feel free to use the dried shrimps, or even chicken if that is your preference. You can also keep it all vegetarian!Often in Asian cooking you will have to use Tamarind water or Tamarind concentrate.
This recipe contains rice noodles, shrimp, juice (tamarind), sugar, fish sauce, olive oil, shallots, chives (chinese/garlic), bean sprouts, eggs, tofu (firm), radishes, chili powder, peanuts, limes, onions (green/spring)
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
- 1 pkg(s) of dried rice noodles
- 1/2 lb. fresh shrimps, shelled and deveined
- 1 tbsp. Tamarind water
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 tsp. cooking oil
- 2 whole red shallots*, finely chopped
- 12 oz. Chinese chives, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup(s) bean sprouts
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 oz. firm Tofu, cut into thin cubes, fried till golden
- 1 tsp. white radish, shredded
- 1 tsp. red chili powder
- 1 tbsp. raw peanuts, toasted and roughly crushed
- 1 whole lime cut into wedges
- 3 whole small spring onions, diagonally chopped.
- 1. If using ready to cook noodles, follow packet instructions. If using dried rice noodles, soak in water for 2 hours until soft, when ready to use drain.
- 2. Prepare the sauce: Simmer the sugar, tamarind water, and fish sauce on medium heat, until the sugar dissolves.
- 3. In a skillet, sprinkle a little bit of oil and place on range top. When the oil is hot stir fry the shrimps till just about changing in colour (1/2 coooked). remove from heat and place in bowl, to slow down the cooking process. Set aside.
- 4. In a wok and over medium heat, heat the oil, and fry the chopped shallots just until beginning to colour. Crack in the egg and stir to break the egg apart. Add the fried tofu and white radish. Toss to coat.
- 5. Add the drained noodles and stir fry, until the noodles are slightly colored. Add the prepared sauce and sprinkle with the red chili powder, toss to mix all.
- 6. Simmer gently for about a minute. If wok content appears to be dry, add a little extra oil. Add the half cooked shrimps, chopped chives and the bean sprouts, toss to mix, and cook stirring for 1 minute.
- 7. Pile the Pad Thai on serving plate, sprinkle with crushed peanuts, chopped spring onions and chives. Serve with a wedge of lime.
- 8. Bon Appetit