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Fast & Easy Dinner: Pad Thai

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pad Thai

Who would have thought that my favorite Thai dish can be quickly and simply made in the comfort of my own kitchen?? Pad Thai is quite possibly Thailand's most well known noodle dish — a combination of rice noodles, shrimp, crushed peanuts, eggs, etc. — all stir-fried together. In this version, chicken and shrimp are tossed with a delicious mixture of veggies and Asian sauces. An exotic meal can make the middle of the week bearable, especially if you invite over a few girlfriends and crack open a bottle of wine, so get the recipe now and

Pad Thai
From Family Fun

1/2 pound dried rice noodles, linguine width
1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes (optional)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 pound shrimp (about 10 to 12 medium or 14 to 16 small)
1 cup shredded carrot
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup chopped scallions
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Chopped peanuts (optional)

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and turn off the heat. Let them stand for 10 minutes, using tongs or two forks to separate the strands as they soften and turn from translucent ivory to white. Drain the noodles, rinse them well in cold water, and drain again. Set them aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the Asian fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, water, and chili flakes if desired, until the sugar dissolves and everything is well mixed. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the egg and scramble it as it cooks just until it is no longer runny, about 30 seconds. Transfer the egg to a plate.
  4. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and swirl it around. Add the garlic and toss well. Add the chicken and cook it until the edges have mostly changed color, about 1 minute. Toss it well and continue cooking to brown it, about 30 seconds, then push it to the sides.
  5. Scatter in the shrimp, spreading them out, and cook until the edges have changed color, about 1 minute. Toss them well.
  6. Add the carrot and cook everything about 1 minute longer. Scoop the chicken, shrimp, and carrot into a bowl, leaving as much oil as possible in the pan.
  7. Swirl the last tablespoon of oil in the pan. When it's hot, add the noodles, spreading them to the edges. Cook for 1 minute, until the oil sizzles. Scoop up the noodles and turn them over in a big mass. Cook them another minute, then turn them again.
  8. Pour the sauce mixture around the sides of the pan. When it sizzles, place the cooked chicken and shrimp on the noodles, along with the bean sprouts, scallions, and cooked egg. Gently scoop the noodles from the bottom and turn them over.
  9. Continue tossing them to mix in the chicken, shrimp, and egg. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the lime juice and toss the noodles well. Serve the Pad Thai hot or warm, topped with chopped peanuts if you like.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
ktacce ktacce 9 years
OKAY === I made this for my parents last week with a modification, i had to use lo mein noodles. but it was SO SALTY! I wonder if I did something wrong because it was one of the saltiest dishes ever! icky! i was so excited because i adore pad thai and then... :( so beware of the salt ladies, if you make it yourselves. and please tell me if you have a better experience!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Tamarind paste is in some grocery stores, esp ones with good ethnic food sections. Otherwise you might have to head to an Asian grocer or order some online. Kind of a lot to go through for Pad Thai though, so if your grocery store happens to have it you are lucky :)
Nahm Nahm 9 years
Well, as a Thai, I think this recipe is a good alternate for ppl who can't easily go to an Asian market for tamarind paste.
Christylicious Christylicious 9 years
Oooh.. I gotta try this! I just went out to eat at a Thai restaurant Saturday night and ordered Pad Thai. It was NOT good. :(
UmpLoop UmpLoop 9 years
I'm sure this recipe will make a lovely dish of noodles but it's definitely NOT Pad Thai. The ingredient that makes Pad Thai is tamarind-based sauce. I'm Thai and would hate people to think that this is authentic.
nicoll nicoll 9 years
Thai food is amezing! Pad Thai is so good!
MBM69 MBM69 9 years
What is tamarind paste? Do you find this in Asian food stores??? Yeah, pad thai is usually high in calories, mostly because of the noodles. There are a few recipes I,ve come accross that aren't as bad. This one doesn't look too bad actually, decrease part of those noodles and replace by mung bean sprouts and you've decreased the caloric/carb content and upped the protein content (sprouts are higher in protein than veggies).
heathawhatevah heathawhatevah 9 years
vegan pad thai is more tasty and better for you. drop the fish sauce and the eggs! totally unnecessary!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I have found that using tamarind paste is what brings homemade pad thai to a restaurant level! Re: the calories - sure, it's got plenty of 'em. But high in calories doesn't necessarily mean it's unhealthy. There are lots of veggies and protein in there. It's certainly not the right meal for someone on Atkins though.
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
Sorry to be a total buzzkill but doesn't pad thai have tons of calories? I absolutely love it, but when I found out how many calories I was bummed. Maybe this is a healthier version...the types I know are high in calories are the trader joe's pad thai and also at a nearby thai restaurant.
talloolah talloolah 9 years
ive got to try this. i love pad thai!
laurafox laurafox 9 years
I love pad thai, but much too fattening for me to eat as often as I'd like!
7bits 7bits 9 years
Damnit! I was expecting #1. Open packet, throw noodles in boiling water. #2. ONE packet or TWO. #3. EAT
Lara16 Lara16 9 years
I *attempted* to make Pad Thai once with Alton Brown's recipe. It came out horrible!! I'll give this one a try, though..
JennaV JennaV 9 years
LOVE Pad Thai!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Mmmm, can't wait to try this one!
tati33 tati33 9 years
yum! Love Pad Thai!
AlliJean AlliJean 9 years
I'm with lintacious, I've made pad thai at home so many times and it never comes out as gooooood as at a resturant. For now, I'll just stick to curry for my thai home cooking.
lintacious lintacious 9 years
when someone tries out this recipe can we get a full review. thank you :)
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
I am sooooo craving pad thai now!
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Oh gosh, I love Pad Thai. I'll definitely have to try it.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
soooo to just convince my boyfriend to try it!!
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
I love pad thai, that looks so yummy
ALSW ALSW 9 years
tvtams tvtams 9 years
I can't wait to try this recipe. I love pad thai!
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