Traditional Pad Thai
Pad Thai, the staple Thai dish that everyone knows. Wherever in the world you go, you can find many variations of this dish. The recipe here is for Pad Thai, traditional preparation with shrimp.
- 8 Shrimp
- 5 Oz Flat Rice Noodles
- 2 Oz Firm Tofu Cubed
- 0.7 Oz Shallots finely chopped
- 0.5 Oz Dried Shrimp
- 0.4 Oz Garlic chives Chopped
- 2 Oz Mung Bean Sprouts
- 0.4 Oz Preserved Radish
- 6 Tbsp Palm Sugar
- 4 Tbsp Fish sauce
- 1 Cup Tamarind paste
- 1/3 Cup Water
- 3 Tbsp Oil
- 1/2 Lime
- Whisk sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind paste in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat.
- Heat 2 Tbsp of oil over high heat in a wok or a large saute pan. When the pan is very hot, add the shrimp and let sear without moving until they are halfway done. Flip and finish cooking the shrimp on the other side. Remove and set aside.
- In the same pan, add another 1-2 tablespoons of oil and turn the heat to medium. Add the shallots
- Add preserved radish and tofu. Cook until the shallots starts to brown.
- Add the Pad Thai noodles (if not using fresh, ensure they are prepared per their instructions beforehand) and the sauce mixture from the first step.
- Add the dried shrimp. turn the heat up to high, and keep stirring and tossing until the noodles have absorbed all the sauce.
- Once all the sauce has been absorbed, move the noodles to one side of the pan and add the eggs to the empty space. Scramble the eggs gently and cook them about half way. Put the noodles on top of the eggs and let the eggs cook completely for another 15 seconds or so. Flip everything over (you can toss or just use a wok spatula) and mix to break up the eggs.
- Add the bean sprouts, garlic chives, and half of the peanuts, turn off the heat, and combine everything. The residual heat of the pan will cook the vegetables just enough.
- Plate the noodles, top with the shrimp and sprinkle over the remaining peanuts. Serve with a piece of lime (must-have). You can also serve with extra bean sprouts, garlic chives, and chili flakes if desired. Make sure you squeeze that lime over the noodles before you enjoy!