Pad Thai

I cook a lot of Thai dishes.  Some of them are a bit more intimidating if you haven’t cooked Thai dishes.  Pad Thai is probably one of the best for those who are new to Thai cooking.  You will need a trip to either an Asian market or a well equipped large grocery store (I think Wegman’s carries everything you need.)   I was inspired to make it when we cleaned out our pantry and I found several cans of tamarind concentrate.

The most important thing to note is that quantities are all approximations – taste as you go and adjust as needed (soy sauce or tamarind to increase the saltiness, lime juice for acidity, ground peppers for heat, sugar for sweet).  Make plenty of the sauce – measurements are a guideline.  Here are the ingredients.


What a great way to kick off the New Year!

Pad Thai (Stir-fried rice noodles)

  • 1/2 pound flat rice noodles from Thailand (package says Banh Pho)
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely shopped
  • 3/4 pound shrimp
  • Pad Thai sauce (Tamarind Concentrate – about 5 -6 TB, fish sauce (about 1 tsp), soy sauce (about 1 TB – I used a mix of sweet and regular), sugar (about 1/2 tsp), chopped dried roasted Asian peppers (about 1/8 tsp)- mix well and taste – should be a blend of sweet, salt, and spice)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 TB canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp lightly roasted ground chili peppers
  • 3 stalks spring onion, cut thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup ground roasted peanuts
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges

Soak rice noodles in warm water until soft.  Toss shrimp with soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar.  Heat wok over medium high heat and add oil.  Stir fry garlic until light brown and add shrimp.  Cook until opaque.  Add sauce mixture and boil.  Add noodles and toss.  Stir well so noodles absorb sauce.

Spread noodles to sides of wok.  Add beaten egg and cook stirring so egg sets.  Mix noodles and eggs.  Add bean sprouts and pepper and toss.

Serve hot and garnish with choice of peanuts, bean sprouts, scallions, lime wedges and ground chili pepper.  And the finished product:



About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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