Thursday, August 7, 2008

Amazing Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of popular Thai dish. Every time I talk to people here and after they know that I’m from Thailand, most of them told me that they love Thai food, especially Pad Thai. Pad Thai is stir fried rice noodle with sweet and sour sauce. I don’t know how the word “pad thai” is from but Pad means stir fry in Thai language. When I was in Thailand, I had never cook pad thai as there are many ingredients to be prepared. Moreover, it’s easier to go to any street vendors and buy this food. It costs only $ 1 per serving ( approximately 30 bath in Thai currency). I learned how to cook pad thai when I’m here in the States. At first, I used pad thai sauce mix which I bought from Asian market but I was not happy with it much. It tasted totally different from the original pad thai in Thailand. I tried to look for recipe from cooking books and website. Then I adapted this and that until I can have my own recipe.
The key of this delicious dish is a sweet and sour sauce which you can cook ahead and keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Pad Thai Sauce


Shallots, chopped ¼ cup
Garlic, chopped 3 cloves
Palm sugar ¾ cup (** to make it thick but if you don’t have it, you can use ¾ cup brown sugar)
Brown sugar 3 Tbs
Tamarind paste 3 Tbs , mixed with ¼ cup of water
Fish sauce ¼ cup ( or soy sauce)
Tomato sauce ¼ cup
Water ¼ cup
Oil 2 Tbs

#Cook shallots, garlic and oil in saucepan using medium heat. Put the rest ingredient and boil it. Taste as you like. It should be 3 favors ; sweet, sour, salty

Pad Thai

Ingredient ( 2 servings)

Rice noodle, soaked in water for 30 minutes and drain, 2 cups
Eggs 4, divided ( 2 for pad thai, 2 for pan omelet)
Mung bean sprout 2 cups, divided ( 1 ½ cup for Pad thai and ½ cup for decoration)
Garlic, chopped 1 clove
Shrimp ½ cup
Lime, halves
Roasted peanut, cracked 1/3 cup
Green onion, cut 1 inch long ¼ cup
Cilantro, chopped 1 Tbs
Pad thai sauce 8 Tbs
Roasted dry shrimp 2 Tbs (* you can find it in Asian stores)
Oil 1/3 cup
Water ½ cup
Chili powder, optional

# Heat oil in the pan using high heat. Then put garlic and shrimp, cook for a couple minutes till the shrimps turn red. Add rice noodle and then water to soften it. Then put pad thai sauce, dry shrimp, peanut and cook till mix. Put noodle on the side of the pan and put 2 eggs, wait till the egg is partially cooked and stir with noodle. Add the rest of ingredient, except lime. Taste to see if you should add more sugar and fish sauce.

In the picture, you will see how I decorated the dish. I sometimes cook the pan omelet and put it aside or cut it and sprinkle on top.

Hope you enjoy cooking and eating your own Pad Thai!!!

PS. I used my own words trying to describe the recipe. It might be confusing but you can ask me if you have any questions. This is my first one and I will try to make it better. A lot of learning and practicing are needed.

Story and picture by Chaniya Ninbanphot Cole


wcgillian said...

Looks really good! Looking forward to having some soon.

Your Honey

Sophie Sexton said...

You did a GREAT job! Everything looks fantastic & I will be trying it on my family this weekend.

I love the fact that you told me where I could find the products, because other recipes I've had fail to do this, and I end up not making them because of it. We have several Asian stores in town, so I shouldn't have a problem finding the ingredients.

I also like the way you presented it all and explained to me how it should look/taste along the way. As a avid cook, myself, this is important to know.

Keep it up!


Spicy Thai Spicy Me said...

Thanks, Sophie. Please let me know how you like this recipe. I'm curious if your family will love Pad Thai.