Pad Thai (ผัดไทย) is one of, if not THE most popular Thai dishes here in the US. It's a simple dish of stir-fried rice noodles, cooked with eggs in a sauce of fish sauce and tamarind paste, and topped with any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken or tofu. One of Thailand's national dishes, pad thai is easily customizable, and topped with all sorts of goodies - peanuts, cilantro, fresh lime - the possibilities are endless!!
Making pad thai at home can be as easy or as difficult as you make it - the traditional recipes call for hard-to-find ingredients like tamarind paste and fish sauce (ok, so maybe fish sauce isn't THAT hard to find). Shortcut recipes often use a pad thai concentrate paste, which isn't exactly the easiest to source, either!
This recipe is meatless, but you can simply add thinly sliced grilled chicken or cooked shrimp to the skillet just before adding the rice noodles in order to make this a heartier meal. All of the ingredients can be found in pretty much any grocery store; best of all, this recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, and most of that time is spent on soaking the rice noodles!
EASY Pad Thai (ผัดไทย)
adapted from Martha Stewart's "Everyday Food"
8oz dried flat rice noodles (sold as pad or phở noodles)
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
2 tsp oil
3 scallions, white parts minced, green parts sliced into 1" lengths
1 garlic clove, minced
3 eggs, room temperature & beaten
1 handful mung bean sprouts, blanched
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the minced (white) scallions and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds. Add the eggs and cook, folding with a rubber spatula, about 30 seconds of until the eggs are ALMOST set. Remove from heat.
Add the soaked & drained noodles to the skillet along with the sauce. Cook, tossing constantly, for 1 minutes or until the noodles are softened and coated with sauce.