March 14, 2011

The Most Perfect Pad Thai

I have made this recipe twice now and the hubs and I agree, it is by far the best Pad Thai at home recipe out there - and we've tried quite a few.

I guess we really shouldn't have expected anything but a perfect Pad Thai recipe from a site called Thai Table! And actually this recipe is so good that even writing this post is making me have a great desire to make it right now!!

For us, I can plan to make Pad Thai but it never works because bean sprouts are not something that our market always has on hand. So this dish usually turns out to be a spur of the moment dinner on a Saturday night when we found good bean sprouts at the market.

I always make shrimp Pad Thai - and I like to add the tofu in but the hubs doesn't love it with the tofu. And if you can find tamarind paste, get some and use it to make this dish - it really does make the dish so perfect!

The Most Perfect Pad Thai
adapted from Thai Table
1/2 lime
1 egg
4 teaspoons fish sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon siracha
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon tamarind
1/2 package Thai rice noodles
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2-1/4 lb shrimp
1/3 cup tofu - extra firm diced or strips
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons peanuts
1-1/3 cup bean sprouts

Soak the dry noodles in lukewarm water until tender. Julienne tofu green onion in to pieces Rinse the bean sprouts and save half for serving fresh. Mince shallot and garlic together.

I make my Pad Thai in ingredient rotation so that things stay prettier and more solid - not falling apart. First, heat the wok and toast the peanuts. Then remove those. Then add your oil to your work and add in your shrimp. When those are cooked, remove and set aside. Add a touch more oil and then scramble your egg and remove and set in with the shrimp. Add a touch more of the oil and then add the shallot, garlic and tofu. Then add in your tamarind, sugar, fish sauce and siracha. Then toss in your noodles and toss - then toss in your shrimp and egg and half of your bean sprouts and green onion.

Once on serving places, sprinkle with peanuts, bean sprouts and a wedge of lime and some more of the green onions and enjoy!

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