Pad Thai Recipe – Some complex, but unique dishes are a beautiful concoction combined together to harmonize as one.
Pad Thai is one such rendition, where the savory, sour and sweet flavors complement each other gracefully. Stir-Fried Pad Thai Noodles tossed in an ocean of different kinds of ingredients, is a sensation of flamboyant cuisine (well, I fancy such words, in praise of their flavors)!
What is Pad Thai?
One of Thailand’s national dishes, Pad Thai is a popular street food and one of the important dishes of Thailand’s cuisine.
The history unfolds back to when the Chinese invented noodles. Thereon, Thailand evolved in using rice noodles and created their signature dish of stir-frying rice noodles with shrimp, tofu, eggs, roasted peanuts, and bean sprouts, and tossing them in a Pad Thai sauce.
That sauce is the ingenious enhancement to this amazing dish.
The tamarind pulp’s sourness, the brown sugar’s sweetness, the peanut butter’s creaminess, and seasonings like the fish sauce’s saltiness are the major components of the sauce.
For those who are not fond of the fishy umami flavor, you can opt for soy sauce and add lemon juice for the sour taste. You can add hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes to spice it up as you wish.
This dish is usually served hot off the wok, with crushed peanuts along with lime wedges.
Why do I love Pad Thai Noodles?
A believer in Thai flavors, I love the detailing in every aspect of the dish, from their color, appearance, and smell to their texture, context, and taste. Pad Thai is the perfect example of the same.
Growing up enjoying the spicy curries and the different savories cooked in an Indian home, I’m equally drawn to the attention of other cuisines that are abundantly flavored. Perhaps, it’s the deep love for food that has no boundaries.
As you practice this recipe, it is truly fascinating to witness the striking balance of your own palate.
All you need are fresh ingredients, to serve a scrumptious Thai meal at your table.
It’s a balanced one-pot meal, that’s definitely healthier than what you get at the restaurants. So, why order, when you can make one so easily.
How to make Pad Thai :
Pad Thai Sauce Ingredients:
Pad Thai Ingredients:
Tips to make the best Pad Thai Recipe:
Kudos to Pad Thai’s adaptability, you’re welcome to add in more vegetables to your dish; few suggestions are bean sprouts, garlic chives, pickled radishes, turnips, raw banana flowers or spring onions (which I’ve added here)
Make sure to cut your vegetables in similar sizes for even cooking
Cook the vegetables quickly over high heat; it helps retain the bright color and fresh crunch
If you’re adding tofu, ensure the firmness of the tofu before use or else it will crumble when it cooks
If you don’t have garlic chives, replace them with spring onions and some garlic
When using chicken, cut them into thin strips and poach in salted water, that will reduce a few calories and save up on cooking time
The trick is preventing the ingredients from sticking is to stir-fry on a hot wok; while you must control the heat, especially when the sauce is added to avoid burning.
To avoid mushy noodles, undercook them because they will absorb the liquid from the sauce when they are stir-fried.
Pad Thai can be customized to your health needs, thereby you can steer your ingredients accordingly to minimize the calories.
For example, you can use zucchini noodles instead of rice noodles to reduce the calories, or whole grain brown rice noodles, which has more fiber and nutrients.
For lean protein, use only tofu and exclude the shrimp.
When done right with healthier options, and controlling your portion, you have nothing to fear.
Apart from shrimp, you can use crab, squid, chicken, beef, or pork.
The vegans can replace fish sauce with soy sauce and exclude both shrimp and eggs.
1. What are the best condiments served alongside Pad Thai?
Cayenne peppers, lime wedges, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, spring onions and or any fresh vegetable
2. What is the best cooking pan used for Pad Thai recipe?
A well-seasoned wok or a well-seasoned skillet; something that’s an excellent conductor of heat which is important for stir-frying
3. How can you improve the firmness of tofu?
Squeeze out the moisture by placing the tofu in between paper towels and placing a weight on top for at least 10 minutes;
after which freezing the tofu cubes will make it firmer and chewier and more absorbent
4. What is the right way to cook rice noodles?
Soak dried rice noodles gently in very hot water for up to 5 minutes, drain and refresh with cold water and drain again; for fresh rice noodles, no soaking is required, just blanch them in boiling water for 1 or 2 minutes, then drain them and refresh with cold water and drain again.
5. With what are Pad Thai Noodles eaten?
No doubts on this, chopsticks are the best to complement your palate; if you haven’t used chopsticks before, this is the best dish to learn from.
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