Pad Thai - Thailand in a bowl
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thailand
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Serves: 4
Pad Thai - a bowl of rice noodles simmered in sweet spicy and tangy pad thai sauce with crushed peanuts sprinkle all over it and lots of fresh bean sprouts to make it a healthy and complete meal.
For Pad Thai sauce:
  • Palm sugar : ⅓ cup
  • Tamarind juice, extracted : ½ cup
  • Shallot (finely chopped) : 1
  • Sweet radish (chopped / optional) : ¼ cup
  • Fresh cloves of garlic, minced : 2 tbsp
  • Fish sauce / Nam Pla : ⅓ cup
  • Water : ¼ cup
Pad Thai ingredients
  • Rice noodles : 1 box
  • Scallions (chopped) : 4
  • Garlic minced : 2 tbsp
  • Egg (beaten) : 1
  • Peanuts (coarsely crushed) : ½ cup
  • Chilli flakes : 2-3 tbsp or as per your taste
  • Bean sprouts : 2 cups
  • Choice of cubed Tofu, or shrimps or squids or chicken : 1½ cup (sliced thinly for chicken)
  • Sesame oil : 4 tbsp divided
  • Lime wedges : 2
  • Cilantro to garnish
Pad Thai sauce
  1. Heat a pan and add palm sugar, extracted tamarind juice (if you are using tamarind pulp, use 2-3 tbsp), garlic cloves, shallots, sweet radish if using, fish sauce and water. Bring everything to a rolling boil and then lower the heat till the sugar dissolves and it thickens a bit.
  2. At this point, you will want to check the sweetness and tanginess and accordingly add sugar or tamarind pulp. It should be a right balance of sweet and sour.
  3. Keep separate.
How to make Pad Thai
  1. Soak rice noodles as per package directions.
  2. In a wok, heat 2 tbsp sesame oil.
  3. Add the beaten egg and scramble softly, add the tofu or chicken or squids or shrimps now, if you are using.
  4. Stir fry them until cooked through.
  5. Add the remaining oil and add the drained out noodles.
  6. Stir fry the noodles for 4-7 minutes until firm but tender.
  7. Add scallions, peanuts and Pad Thai sauce.
  8. Stir fry for couple of minutes or until combined.
  9. Sprinkle chilli flakes all over it and mix well.
  10. Spread the fresh bean sprouts and mix well.
  11. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
  12. Serve the hot Pad Thai as it is or enjoy with some soup or curry.
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